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Next Time Round

by Forty Elephant Gang

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Beside You 03:55
Jealousy 04:19
Better Man 03:05
Sweet Marie 03:37


This debut is one example of when to expect the unexpected. For ‘Next Time Round’ by the Forty Elephant Gang is a very enjoyable first effort, strong songs and good musicianship, with an underlying upbeat feel throughout.

There is a classic British feel to the album, with a number of clear influences, including the Beatles, the Verve and Blur in both music and lyrics, and this feel is further enhanced by references to milk floats, bringing in the washing, throwing sickies, going to the council, calling the gasman and talk of mum (as opposed to ‘mom’, which is refreshing).

The 11 songs are traditional style and contemporary folk, blues, touches of gospel and even a tilt at a ’60s ballad. Songs are generally structured around fine mandolin and slide guitar and there is excellent use of cello and accordion as well as suitably placed hand claps. There is a good mix of pace, some tracks very bright and breezy (‘Beside You’, ‘Better Man’), nestled alongside very traditional folk numbers (‘Young Man’s Game’ ‘Sweet Marie’) and those aforementioned strong Beatles influences (‘Songs of Praise’ – very Sgt Peppers, and ‘Light on Water’ – hints of John and Paul at their folkiest).

releases January 29, 2021


released January 29, 2021


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Forty Elephant Gang London, UK

Forty Elephant Gang are a rousing, engaging, and intensely innovative three-piece from East London who blend Folk, Americana and American Blues, with truly classic songwriting.
The band features Andrew White, Sean Mannion and James Bachmann. Since their formation they’ve taken their unique sound to large and varied audiences throughout London and the UK.
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