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What do you get if you cross Hartlepool with Paris, a nostalgic affiliation with grunge and a passion for reverb-soaked dream pop soundscape synths with 80s electric drums? The answer is Elephantemple.

Jungle is the second single from the duo’s forthcoming album Anomalies. And though the sound of Jungle is coherent, the influential elements are anomalous indeed. It’s tempting to focus on the Parisian aspects of the band, the laid-back ambience that evokes achingly cool acts like Between Friends. But there’s a fragile, introverted, day-dreaming Hartlepudlian flavour to the track which elevates it above mere cool aesthetic touches. This offers a depth to the candyfloss ethereality and lyrics just beyond the grasp of the ear. A really affecting track.

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