Anemone, with music by Anni Elif Egecioglu and Pauli Lyytinen, and lyrics by Anni Elif, is Elifantree’s third effort. The previous albums have gained some airplay on BBC Radio 2.
In ten years, the music of Elifantree has moved from experimental and acoustic towards electronica and progressive pop.
The sound palette of the trio is definitely interesting, and even exciting, despite all ear candy that has reached one’s auditory organs for decades.
Vocalist, cellist, and keyboardist Anni Elif’s vivid and present voice and Lyytinen’s both pondering and punitive tenor saxophone blends well with the synthesizers and other electronics, including a mellotron. Olavi Louhivuori’s percussive work is at times understated, at times highly groovy, but always on the spot.
Bearing some resemblance to artists like Kate Bush, Björk or Bowie, the music is as much electronic pop as jazz. Still, the songs have rich harmonies, strong melodies, and, regardless of the influences, an original sound.
Anni Elif, vocals, synthesizer, piano
Pauli Lyytinen, woodwinds, synthesizer, electronics
Olavi Louhivuori, drums
Eclipse ECD 201860