Tuesday 29 Jul
 
 

Planting the seed

Chelsey Cope’s new band, Elms, is as earthy and native to Oklahoma as the trees that are their namesake. The soulful folk four-piece’s debut EP, Parallel Lines, was recorded at Bell Labs Recording Studio in Norman and is on its way in September. But the band has already given us a tease, with its first single, “Burn,” going live on SoundCloud on July 14.
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Commercial rock

Center of the Universe Festival featuring Capital Cities, Young The Giant, AWOLNATION & more
Friday-Saturday
Downtown Tulsa 
centeroftheuniversefestival.com 
$35-$50 

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Mack truckin’

Swizzymack
9 p.m. Friday 
Kamp’s Lounge 
1310 NW 25th St. 
lndrnrs.com 
819-6004 
$10-$15 

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Chevy cruisin’

Chevy Woods with Kevin Gates & more
9 p.m. Sunday 
Vibe Night Club 
227 SW 25th St. 
$20-$40 

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Rock steady

Tesla
7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road 
frontiercity.com
478-2140
Free with park admission 

07/16/2014 | Comments 0
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Elephant Revival — Break in the Clouds


Family-style folk that's sure to please

Stephen Carradini March 9th, 2011

Remarkable consistency marks “Break in the Clouds” from Colorado-by-way-of-Tahlequah folksters Elephant Revival. Although the album is 14 songs long, there’s not a bad tune in the bunch.

It helps that all five members contribute songs, taking the stress off one songwriter. The band takes the term “folk” seriously, sticking to tunes that could have been culled from the Appalachians in the 19th century or earlier.

Thankfully, the production isn’t rustic. The songs sport a sprightly, well-produced sheen landing just short of being overengineered. As they stand, each instrument and vocal track hits with the exact desired effect, whether that be subdued sections (“Feathers Rise,” “Break in the Clouds”), jaunty upbeat tunes (“Go On,” “What Is Time?”) or in the space between the two moods (the rest of the disc).

Male and female vocals trade off throughout — neither side more talented, both pristine and matching the airtight arrangements perfectly. There is no outlaw within 50 miles of this country/folk mix; these are tunes that evoke the feel of a family sitting around the fire and harmonizing. The title track shows this most heartily, while “Feathers Rise” and others continue the motif in a lesser way.

Elephant Revival’s record has an earnest, humble quality that will appeal to the legion of Mumford & Sons fans, as well as those who like family-style country and folk. —Stephen Carradini

 
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