Surf the home shopping channel on Elder Island’s ‘You & I’ clip
Trying to pin the sound of Bristol trio ELDER ISLAND is damn near impossible. With a span of releases that kicked off with their self-titled debut EP back in 2014, each single sees them dip their toes into something new. Whether it be disco, slow burning pop, synth pop or something a little more percussive, the versatility of the group is captivating.
Their latest output is a clip to accompany their 2018 single ‘You & I’.
From the onset, we’re delivered lush pastels with an 80’s pastiche, and instantly we’re transported to another time. There’s a dystopian feel to this clip, with a slightly Black Mirror-esque plot line takes the fore of this one. It’s both stylistic and narrative-driven, and in that sense ticks some major boxes.
The track itself is put together with a rolling, lush soundscape of undulating synths in both the melody and the bass line. The quirky vocals of vocalist Katy Sargent provide a nice contrast to the legato, quiet soundscape that eventuates into something full with the introduction of the backing vocals too. It’s a slow burner in that sense, but there’s never a quiet moment on this one.
Incorporating the imagery embedded in the artwork from their last couple of singles, the consistency across platforms is an exciting thing to see, especially as the group are leading up to the release of their debut LP, The Omnitone Collection.
Look out for Elder Island‘s debut LP sometime in February.
Words by CAITLIN MEDCALF
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