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Cheers Elephant - Like Wind Blows Fire

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Cheers Elephant- Like Wind Blows Fire
Record Label: Self Released
Release Date: May 8, 2012
This review was written by an AP.net staff member.
Hey you! Yes, you! Reader of this review! Are you the sort of person who wears loafers? Do you have multiple pairs of lens-less glasses? Is P4k bookmarked on your search engine? Do you know what P4k is? If you answer yes to any of these questions you, my friend, are ‘tragically hip’ and guess what, I’ve got the perfect band for you. They’re called ‘Cheers Elephant’ and have just released their third album Like Wind Blows Fire. I’m sure by now you’re suitably intrigued, and you’re wondering ‘what makes them so darn hip?’ and the answer would be ‘everything’. Like Wind Blows Fire is a coming together of ten tracks filled with 60’s pop tones, ‘ooohs’, hand-claps and Strokes-esque guitars. It’s an album perfect for awkward hipster dancing and disinterested foot-tapping. The four-piece, consisting of Derek Krzywicki on guitar and lead vocals, Travelin’ Mat (real name, maybe) on vocals and bass, Jordan del Rosario on lead guitar and vocals and Robert Kingsly on drums hail from Philadelphia and have unleashed an enjoyable, if not particularly substantial album.

The high points of the album? Every track without failure is impossibly catchy. ‘Peoples’, ‘Doin’ It Right’ and ‘Leaves’ are just as accessible as any indie-pop crossover chart success of the last few years. Sounding like a more intelligent Foster The People on many tracks, the band could probably release any song as a single and it would be loved by the masses if given proper exposure. Without sufficient radioplay, Cheers Elephant craft music perfect for any indie club. It’s all very peppy and upbeat and it’s definitely summer music. Certainly, this album’s merit lies in its poppy characteristics. However, accessibility does not make an album, and catchy choruses cannot cover up a lack of substance. Many of the songs meld into one and it’s hard to differentiate from track to track at times. Bar the aforementioned songs, the catchiness is quite temporary with the songs not making much of a lasting impression. On the most part, the album manages to maintain a middle ground without straying away from from its surf-pop sound, but there is certainly room for improvement as this is a band with buckets of musical talent. What’s frustrating about this release is that when Cheers Elephant do it right, they are able to create a close to perfect pop song. ‘Leaves’ is by far the best track off the release and is pretty much faultless.

All-in-all, Cheers Elephant have released an album perfect for a quick, catchy, summer time listen, that doesn’t stay in the mind too long. However, with some fine tuning and a little variation in their sound, Cheers Elephant are definitely worth another listen.

Recommended If You LikeThe Strokes, The Beach Boys, Foster The People, dancing in your loafers


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