- 19 May 21
Under Shane Clarke's Elephant vehicle, 'Envy' is backed up by the incredible rhythm section from Belfast’s Robocobra Quartet.
Elephant, the musical vehicle of Dundalk based multi-instrumentalist Shane Clarke, has return with their vibrant new track ‘Envy.’
Bursting with energy and full of life; this latest offering from the ever-evolving musician is the beginning of a whole new chapter.
Written with a hypocritical attitude, 'Envy' is a song about jealousy and discontentment. Is the grass always greener on the other side? Or does every success require a failing of sorts? Be it wealth, fame, over-indulgence, personal relationships; everything has a cost.
"I hit a stage in my life where I had to decide what was important," Shane said of the origins behind 'Envy'.
"It got me thinking about the ups and downs to each avenue of life. I could concentrate on my career, make a lot of money, but give up my free time...I could throw myself into my passion, but would I end up broke?! I couldn’t quite figure it out...so I just wrote a song about it instead!"
His first release since critically acclaimed 2018 album 88, Shane has once again teamed up with long time collaborator, producer Joseph Edwards. 88 followed on from Clarke's debut LP Hypergiant (2015).
Coupled by his love of '80s new romantics and an aversion to complacency, Shane and producer Joseph Edwards produced a genre spanning, hour long concept album about a man who travels back in time to all the most important conversations of his past with 88.
The sound has once again changed for this new record, echoing the fun guitar rock of the '90s coupled with the doo-wop sounds of the '40s and '50s along with modern hip-hop inspired edits and production style.
This new chapter from Elephant shows a relaxed self assurance as a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.
The years ahead are set to be as exciting & energetic as ever for Elephant who are continuously carving out their own path with their third album - which is due to arrive via Pizza Pizza Records.
Listen to 'Envy' below:
Photo credit: Joey Edwards