Dance tunes have taken over British back gardens since the lifting of the UK lockdown, with soaring temperatures (as much as can be expected for the UK in April), and the hope of summer festivals, it seems summer is finally on the way. One tune destined for your ‘party vibes’ Spotify playlist is English electronic dance musician, Elderbrook’s latest drop, ‘Body’ from his debut studio album, ‘Why Do We Shake When We’re Cold?’.
Elderbrook (Alexander Kotz) began experimenting with electronic music after attending University, before which working with indie, hip hop and soul musicians. With an array of inspiration from various genres, Kotz then produced and remixed music under the pseudonym ‘Elderbrook’ for artists such as Pablo Nouvelle, alongside releasing his debut EP ‘Could’. Garnering over one million listens on SoundCloud, Elderbrook appeared on electro-dance duo Camelphat’s 2017 Grammy nominated hit ‘Cola’.
Kotz layers tender vocals over a pulsating, bouncing melody in ‘Body’, his distinctive Charlie Puth-esque falsetto instantly recognisable from ‘Cola’. Perhaps glorifying the hallucinogenic effects that party-drugs bestow upon the body (‘Its taking on my body/ you take the pressure off) the track is undoubtedly aimed at the summertime festival audience. The chorus greets us with a gradual escalation of kick drum, twinkling tambourine and intermittent synth, before exploding into a sweet psychedelic fusion of vocals and instrument on the euphoric drop.
The video adds to the overall ethereal nature of the track, with a hallucinogenic kaleidoscope of Japan creating a dream-like reverberation to the eyes. Accompanying this, illusionary, sexless beings sporting mercury masks, haunt an eternally growing monochromatic place, perhaps an intimate delve into the inner consciousness after such a psychotropic exploration of Japan.
With such a deep video, its probably best to stick to the bouncing beat of this summer track whilst hanging with your pals this summer. Elderbrook’s characteristic voice and intense beat carries with it the potential for many a party: whether that be at a festival, or just in the garden enjoying the sun. Regardless of the place, ‘Body’ will certainly be featured on many a party playlist this summer season.
Words: Simone Harrison