Genre: Indie rock
Elephant Castle is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Phil Danyew, former member of Foster the people. He left the band in 2020 to pursue a solo career and released the first single “Cool To Be Unhappy” to a very pleased audience. His latest song “French Food” is a reflection filled with relief due to the loosening of restrictions during lockdown and coming back to normality.
Vast rhythmic guitars over a funky drum sound topped by luscious airy vocals support his daydreaming about post-lockdown activities and fine dining. Psych-rock and pop merge in this refreshing 3 minute 8 seconds long tune and contrary to what you might think, it is not about french food…. Or at least not exactly. The past year and a half has changed the entire world, our habits, our routines, our priorities, everything. This summer, however, with the arrival of the vaccine, the road back to the old “normal” has begun, and our daydreams about finally being able to have dinner with someone other than ourselves in an actual restaurant.
I can see it when I close my eyes
A table for two
I’m honestly about to lose my mind
I miss the views I miss the French food… cuisine française
I have a feeling that a lot of people will relate to this song as the lyrics are far from being cryptic, the melody is catchy and the theme… well the theme can apply to the vast majority of earthlings…and the bass line is cool. I definitely miss pretending to be fancy from time to time, especially after being in my pyjamas for a year and a half.
Listen to the song here: