Elephant Juice - Karl Culley Single Review
Karl Culley is a 28-year old Yorkshireman; a published poet and acoustic guitarist with influences such as John Martyn, Elliot Smith and Tori Amos, amongst many others detailed in his press release.
'Elephant Juice' is a song with the repeated lyric of "I love you/but you never come round/you never come round/with the elephant juice". The elephant juice referred to is the similarity of these words to 'I love you' when mouthed silently and lip-read. The track has a sound rather like that of 'Coconut' by Harry Nilsson, repetative lyrics backed with a slight calypso-style finger-picked guitar which builds up layer upon layer as percussive instruments are added. There is a pause in the track, after which the tempo is doubled in what is the "onanistic climax" talked about in the press release.
This song is less than 2 minutes long, so I put it on repeat as I wrote this review and it repeatedly impressed me. If this very small snapshot is illustrative of this guy's general talents then I can't wait for his album, 'Bundle of Nerves'.