Lucky Elephant

London collective Lucky Elephant are in thrall to the idiosyncracies of Robert Wyatt and Penguin Café. Now signed to Sunday Best, their second LP Rainy Kingdom is on its way…

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 10 Sep 2014
  • min read
London collective Lucky Elephant look to the dustier, more obscure areas of musical culture for their inspiration.

Citing the likes of the Penguin Café and Sonic Youth and everything in between as influencers and inspirers, Sam, singer Emmanuel (Manu), bassist Paul and drummer Laurence weave a warped path through tripped out folk and woozy electronics.

Their new album - Rainy Kingdom – takes its inspiration from documentary We Was All One, made by Ken Ashton for Thames Television in 1972. The programme depicts the dying working class cultures of the Bermondsey, Old Kent Rd and Elephant and Castle areas in London.

The ten song record, full of folk instrumentation, skewed harmonies and musical experimentation is an ode to an urban past being flattened to make way for a blander future.

Produced by Paul Butler (Michael Kiwanuka, Devendra Banhart, The Bees) and released via Rob Da Bank’s Sunday Best imprint, the record manages to distill this sense of heritage but look to a modern, experimental musical future. Check out the record when it’s released on 3 November and look out for them on tour…

We first started writing music because…..
We had this weird shared enjoyment of making sounds and sketches of songs together – nothing very formal or organised. We all came from quite different musical backgrounds but found a way of working together that was more exciting than anything we’d done before.

We have been making music since…
2007

Our music is…
A bizarre mixture of the old, the new, the soft and the heavy.

You'll like our music if you listen to...
Penguin Café, Sonic Youth, King Tubby, Tom Waits, Serge Gainsbourg.

Our favourite venue is…
It’s a tie between the Green Door Store in Brighton and the Ivy House in Nunhead. Both are amazing venues that put music at their heart rather than fickle trend chasing!

Music is important because…
Without it bus journeys are intolerable.

Our biggest inspiration is…
Anyone who has made or continues to make music rather than seek fame.

Our dream collaboration would be…
With the Sesame Street house band.

To try us out, listen to my song…
Old Kent Road.

strong>If we weren’t making music we’d be…
Dreadfully dull.

In 10 years time we want to be...
Better.

luckyelephantmusic.com
twitter.com/luckyelephant_
facebook.com/luckyelephantmusic