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Elephant & Soldier

Based: Cardiff
Genre: Alt/Folk
Website: elephantandsoldier.co.uk

Elephant & Soldier is the performing name given to Cardiff based singer/songwriter Sam Goudie. Sam is joined under the name with a collection of musicians and friends who all contribute to create timeless music that is a real pleasure to listen to.

Elephant & Soldier's debut EP ‘First Shots’ was made available as a free download in 2010 and is a collection of songs that will leave you with a feeling of warmth from head to toe. This is an EP which sounds great in a dark room when you want to keep the world outside. In putting these songs together it is clear that Sam has been influenced by the likes of Bon Iver, Conor Oberst, Elliott Smith, Fionn Regan and Iron and Wine.

Title track ‘First Shots’ contains soothing vocals and melodies that highlight the raw talent that Sam has as a songsmith. Standout track on this EP is ‘Strangers’ with its soft haunting guitars and melodies which allows Sam’s voice to float over the music with great passion and emotion.

I was lucky enough to catch a live performance in Cardiff’s Buffalo Bar earlier this week. It was a much more stripped back affair with just Sam and his acoustic guitar. A confident and heartfelt performance held the full attention of the silenced audience from start to finish.

Elephant and Soldier are busy recording a new EP, which is something I am waiting for with an incredible amount of anticipation. If the second EP continues with the form of the debut then we are in for a real treat.

Steve Tay



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