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Top 10 MP3s of the Week (2/8)

on February 08, 2013, 12:00am
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9. Elephant – “Skyscraper”

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London duo Elephant fall into the “dream pop” umbrella quite easily, especially if you’re dreaming that the girl groups of the ’60s could hook up with vintage orchestral backing and modern reverb tech. On new single “Skyscraper”, the idealized past sweetness recalls Angelo Badalamenti’s Twin Peaks pop songs as much as it does Beach House, Amelia Rivers’ rich, spectral delivery draping over the waltzing mass. Though often obscured by the icy beauty of the music (not to mention overshadowed by her haunting presence), the simple, mournful edge to lyrics like “skyscrapers/ scrape the skies/ only to fall down” reveal the dark core underneath all of the rime. -Adam Kivel

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