Elbows returns with new single “The Rain” to close out 2017, and provide a first look at his next release, the Sycamore EP, out January 26th. Opening with a long rewind, the booming track warps through musical eras, bouncing from a contemporary hip hop beat, to would-be samples of old school swing jazz, and touching on moments of drum & bass. The song is completed by a multidimensional sax solo from Tru Thought’s Sly5thAve, and also features longtime Elbows collaborator, Jachary, with his signature wah bass.
Over production that combines damp synth pads and 808s with woodsy percussion and acoustic instrumentation, Elbows floats rap-sung melodies not unlike those of Anderson .Paak and Frank Ocean. Through vivid verses he reminisces on growing up in The Bay Area, from soured relationships to haunted strolls down Sycamore Street.