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New Video: Hills Like Elephants’s Invisible Ink

Hills Like Elephants

San Diego-based Hill Like Elephants recently released its debut album, The Endless Charade (Requiemme Records/BMG Chrysalis). Their video single, “Invisible Ink,” is below. More about the band after the jump.

From the press materials:

Bourbon-based modern Motown bluesman Sean Davenport is no stranger to aborted romance. The Bonita born pianist spent the better part of his young adulthood stumbling from Boston to New York to L.A. and back to San Diego, tripping over women who kicked him when he was down and leaving behind a trail of soul-heavy lost love epitaphs via ex-bands Abigail Warchild (NY) and Gun Runner (SD).

Raised a bottle-toss away from Tom Waits’ old turf, the candid crooner finds solace in a place where heartbroken vocals, Pavement guitars, and driving drum machines meet. In a curious exploration to see what would happen if soul had a synth and if synth had a soul, Sean tries to answer some his own musical questions. What would happen if The Pixies hung out with Al Green or if Jay Mascis did an album with Marvin Gaye. Noise meets blues, blues meets ambient, ambient meets that beat that makes your head bob. Animal collective meets Otis Redding’s daughter gives birth to a child that listens to psychedelic/dance/indie old and new wave (The War on Dugs, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Vile, the Soft Machine, Tame Impala, Candi Staton, LCD Soundsystem, and James Booker) a culmination of everything inspiring thus far and convincing Davenport to forge ahead with another musical endeavor.

In these sounds that sum up Hills Like Elephants, Davenport has found the embrace he’s longed for, the companionship he’s dreamed of and the love of his life-his music and his own sonic romance.

Backed by vintage-prone engineer Chris Hoffee (The Truckee Brothers Atom Orr, The Make Up Sex, Mystery Lights, Fivecrown), Hills Like Elephants looks back on love with surly lament, reminding us that “perspective isn’t something you’re supposed to see, it’s a concept you’re supposed to understand.” And often, two in the throes of the “intriguing dilemma” are bound never to see it the same.

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