Human relationships even when they’re at their most successful can be complicated and fraught with their own frustrations and irritations that can seem to occasionally obscure the small joys of finding someone to spend your time with. Most of the time, we don’t quite know – or aren’t always aware – of what are our motivations are or what drives us to be attracted to others. And because of that relationships can be fibrous and easily fracture in ways that are frequently devastating and equally difficult to comprehend. Interestingly, the duo of Amelia Rivas and Christian Pinchbeck, who perform as the act Elephant have been heavily inspired by complicated relationships, in particular their own. 

“Elusive Youth,” the first single off the band’s forthcoming springtime release, Skyswimming and the soon-to-be-released “Elusive Youth” single,  is an airy pop song with guitars fed through layers of reverb, blasts of keyboards, swirling electronics and a catchy hook but underneath the song’s airiness is a mournful sadness, as the song is a eulogy to a friend who wears a “city for a crown.” In some small way, the track reminds me quite a bit of My Gold Mask in the sense the track sounds as though it were played in a large room with the entire sound rebounding off ceilings and walls.