It’s plodding to appear as loose as Elephant. After the lauded breakthrough album Big Thing (2022), the Rotterdam-based indie band tackles its own cynicism on its follow-up Shooting for the Moon with irresistible guitar melodies, unwavering nonchalance and lyrics that make the routine seem just a little more romantic. The summer sun shines full on on the four and they will embrace it, because for them nothing so radical as peace and optimism.
With a sold-out club tour, the necessary airplay and the designation ‘Promising Talent’ from the hands of de Volkskrant, 3voor12 and 3FM, you could safely say that Elephant is doing well. Shooting for the Moon is therefore a hopeful album, for which the band enlisted the help of Flemish singer-songwriter Meskerem Mees and producer Pablo van de Poel (DeWolff), but mainly drew on its own magical four-piece. Long all four had been mostly sidemen in other people’s projects, now they suddenly had the whole playground to themselves.
So, after Big Thing had emerged in a period of pandemic uncertainty, liberation and calm shines on the second album. “The sunshine falls upon my face. It’s been so long that I felt anything as real as I feel right now,” it sounds on Enemy. Not the rain, but the blue sky. Not the night, but the morning. Here speaks a tight-knit group that wants to make something beautiful at any cost-with the velvet gloves of Andy Shauf, the timid stature of Teenage Fanclub and The Feelies and the homely warmth of Wilco.
This concert is presented by LantarenVenster, Rotown & MOMO Concerts and has mainly standing room
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