Age.Sex.Location is watering hole of creatives in Los Angeles cutting alternative-pop tracks ready for the main stream currents, fronted by John Ryan and Shungudzo, as well as outside support by a revolving set of friends and collaborators. Unveiling their second single from their forthcoming EP, ASL 2 – Cabin, “Elephants” is a rich filled delight of denial and atmospheric layers that resonate deeply beneath its pop overlay.
Wrapped in the core of a warm acoustic, an ethereal production adds to the tug-of-war in the dream state of feelings. Lead singer, Shunguzdo’s initial tone cascades the slow build, gently halting each thought and displaying an emotive technique that leads the track’s hook.
Shungudzo explains, “We wrote ‘Elephants’ about the ‘elephants in the room,’ when two people who have been dating casually realize they care about each other. The elephants stand for two things — both their unspoken feelings and that other people know that they are dating.”
With that intent in mind, “Elephants” addresses each side, mirroring the words left unsaid, as the track features a raspy, hindering female croon, grounding Shungudzo’s vocals. The two minute duet rides on a consistent uptempo and blurred percussion that catapults one of the most sincere lines of the track: “I can’t see me losing you completely, that’s the best and worst of all of this.” Transitioning back to an earthy feel by the break, “Elephants” is whirlwind of honesty masked in a light production only predicting better things from the group’s second cut.
ASL 2 – Cabin, will be released on November 16 via C3 Records.
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2. Nothing Matters
3. Speak Up
4. Early To The Party
5. I Won’t Bring It Up Again