label: jet set
our score: 2.5 out of 5.0
of the Scottish Depths
depressed, moaning voice, add a set of unremarkable and repetitive
backing tracks and mix carefully with enough swearing to make
South Park look like the Sooty Show.
exactly seem like a recipe for the greatest album that will be
released this year. But, somewhat surprisingly, Elephant Shoe
from Scottish loners Arab Strap is a pleasant enough recording
that soothes your head as its spoken words and neat little percussion
pieces tranquilly attack your ears.
and brutally frank vocals added by Aiden Moffat are at best shiveringly
honest and at worst totally inaudible, but for much of Elephant
Shoe that doesn't really matter because the real quality is
in the music that drags the words out of the gutter and provides
a gorgeously performed support for them.
There is nothing
that really ever takes off and smacks of a hit single or a radio-time
magnet, but Arab Strap knew that was going to be the case. They
are not mainstream and never will be. And if you fancy joining
them on a melancholy, depressive trip down the river of emotions,
then the highly accessible Elephant Shoe could well be the perfect
place to step aboard.