Elephant Trees - 'U N C O M F O R T A B L E'
Manchester-based Elephant Trees continue to speak out for Generation Z with their new genre bending alternative single, ‘U N C O M F O R T A B L E’, which puts mental health issues under the microscope.
'U N C O M F O R T A B L E’ opens with a series of subtle, frazzled textures that sounds like the way the mind feels when it’s messy, exhausted and misfiring. Frontwoman Martha Phillips’ vocal is captivating and initially gentle, as she guides us through poignant lyrics lamenting an honest, frank, depiction of living with depression; “Hello again, is this the end, I’ve heard it all before. My legs are tired, my brain rewired, along with everything I’ve stood for”.
The band become a huge force of nature on the track’s chorus. Phillip’s vocal become more formidable, more biting, more confrontational as she address judgmental and narrow-minded members of society asking them “Are you uncomfortable yet?”, cutting through mental health stigma alongside a brash soundscape of alt rock and disco-punk arrangements.
The track then builds to fever-pitch chaos and mania as Phillips spits out a powerful rap alongside a roar of crashing instrumentation and vocal chops, before fading out almost robotically with the exhausted echoes of a statement well made.
Elephant Trees are breaking stereotypes and raising awareness on many issues such as gender, mental health, sexuality and the current changes to society and relationships, which some generations may not be fully equipped to deal with. The band knows that younger generations need reassurance and to know that there’s someone out there who understands and is listening and is fighting for them. What is also great about Elephant Trees is the way they explore and experiment with their sound, yet still retain familiarity in some of their melodies as they determinedly smash away at the glass ceiling; one track at a time.
Words of Karla Harris