Nederland, Colorado’s Elephant Revival continues to reveal itself as a blossoming light in the ever expanding neo-folk constellation. Led by the distinctively emotive voice of Bonnie Paine, the acoustic outfit’s sound contains echoes of old time music, the Avett Brothers, The Civil Wars, and a gypsy camp fire. The group’s eclectic mash also features strains of jazz, folk, bluegrass and more, but, thankfully, is not constrained by any one genre.
It’s Alive, which was produced by acoustic string virtuoso Sally Van Meter, captures the evolving sound of a band thatâ€™s been wowing crowds on the festival circuit and beyond. Recorded at Immersive Studio in Boulder, Colorado, the disc – which advertises itself as an EP and captures the organic sound of the band brilliantly – includes seven tracks that shift subtly in tone and mood like the evening shadows in the trees.Â The sound of the washboard set against the strings is always acoustically intriguing, while the entire band breathes like one at its high points.
The track â€œTo and Fromâ€ is a fine example of the band’s more easily accessed sound. The pleasing cut could easily stand strong on the radio. The interestingly titled â€œPart of a Songâ€ is a particularly engaging ditty that features more engaging crooning by Paine. While mostly meditative and pensive, Â the album makes a light-hearted turn on the cut â€œDon’t Drift Too Farâ€ and ends with â€œRaven Song,â€ a fittingly haunting and ethereal a capella composition.
It’s Alive is out now on Ruff Shod.