'Pony Ride' is the debut release from the London-based Sino-Greek psychedelic drone combo ELEPHANT HOUSE. It features digital drums and vocals from Shenggy Shen and melancholic synthesisers and guitars from Christos Fanaras.
The track Shuidiao Getou
is a cover of a traditional Chinese folk melody accompanying the
poem 'Prelude to the Water Melody' by Su Shi.
The other track titles on 'Pony Ride' reference the traditional Mongolian
used to encourage female camels into accepting new-born calves.
Coincidentally the duo are named after the cafe in Edinburgh that is the birth place of the Harry Potter series.
Shenggy Shen is the former drummer with China's first all-female punk band Hang on the Box.
She has since gone on to establish herself a noise artist, as a member of the avant-duo White
(with Zhang Shou Wang from Carsick Cars)
whose self-titled debut was produced by
Blixa Bargeld. Her solo music has also been released on
Noise Joy and
Shenggy can also be found playing drums on the
Masters 7" 'Rutger Hauer / Scatman Crothers' also released on Adaadat.
Christos Fanaras follows in the Greek lineage of ambient pioneers, like Vangelis and Iasos only with an emphasis on deep dark brooding soundscapes and space-age melancholia.
He has recorded and released 7 solo CD albums on his own imprint Down Is Up sometimes under the moniker Jack Shirt.
Alongside M.K. Hauser, Christos is one half of the project Masters both having previously played together in the band
He also recently collaborated with
Mark Wagner on his audio/visual drone project Chosen Frequencies.
Christos also played bass and synth in Mothlite,
drums in hypnagogic anti-band Temper Temper.
He has shared the stage with musicians such as Alexander Tucker, Charles Hayward, Adam Bohman, Carla Bozulich, Alex Ward and Steve Noble and with bands such as Die Munch Machine, Grumbling Fur and Sunday Mourning.
This record is a co-release with Beijing label Drum Rider,
a launch party is going to take place on Thursday April the 27th at Mascara Bar in Stoke Newington.
"Elephant House operate in inflections and implications; like scrapbooks detailing transcendent experiences, these tracks are rich in sensation and ambiguously light in comprehension, pulling together disparate accounts of inner awakening in a bid to identify the common thread between them."
Jack Chuter (ATTN Magazine)
"Pony Ride is a subtle album where texture and melody combine to supremely pleasant effect, filling out the sound spectrum with subtle details that always seem to have been placed just so."
Linus Tossio (Freq)
12" Vinyl (Limited to 300 copies)
Tracklisting : (Click on the titles to play the tracks)
SIDE 1 :
01. camel mom
02. desert hole
04. dead sand
SIDE 2 :
02. shuidiao getou
03. pony ride
Elephant House are :
Shenggy Shen (Digital Percussion & Vocals)
Christos Fanaras (Guitars & Synths)
Illustration by Christos Fanaras
Photo By Wendy Bevan
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Track by Track (Ransom Note)
Shenggy and Christos were interviewed on the
Club Integral show on
Resonance FM you can listen to it via the Mixcloud widget above. The Elephant House segment starts at 11.15 mins.