Elephant Revival (from the album Petals) - Tuneweavers is probably the most accurate description of Lyons, Colorado-based band Elephant Revival. Petals, the band’s recent release, is themed in loss and coping with emptiness. Heard through the magical music of Elephant Revival the messages becomes just how much life there is to be found within the loss rather than becoming stuck in the moment. The Rocky Mountain string band has strived to connect with their audience through recordings and live performance since forming in 2006, The five-piece features the shared lead vocals of Daniel Rodriguez (guitar, percussion), and Bonnie Paine (washboard, cello, musical saw) complemented by a musical array of sounds filled out by Bridget Law (fiddle, harmonies), Dango Rose (upright bass, mandolin, harmony) and Charlie Rose (banjo, pedal steel, guitar, harmony). Petals lets its songs scatter on the light breeze of the music, showing endurance as calendar pages (“Season Song”) feeling light as feathers (“Home in Your Heart”) with its world wandering wishes (“Peace Tonight”).
Elephant Revival play with a grace, confident in their abilities as a shared musical vehicle. The band challenged their past musical accomplishments for the new recording. Daniel Rodriguez feels that ‘this album has a lot of space and grit – an honoring of silence juxtaposed with some really intense moments. Recording Petals was all about breaking musical patterns and sonic recipes that we have been using for our previous records’. The band credits producer Sam Kassirer (Lake Street Dive, Langhorne Slim, Josh Ritter) with helping them find new ways to hear sound and arrangements. Elephant Revival pull back the curtain and open Petals with a pedal steel rising up like dawn to greet the vocals of Bonnie Paine in “Hello You Who” as “Raindrops” flows with gentle streams of melody, “On and On” spins its wheel with rotating rhythms, and “Furthest Shore” stages a dramatic tale with Old English Folk phrasing against free-form notes dancing in whirling patterns.