Hills Like White Elephants was a musical collective based out of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. While initially based around a four-member standard indie-rock setup, the group has expanded to comprise up to eight members at a time. They incorporate a range of instruments into their aesthetic, such as violin, trombone, theremin, synthesizer, organ, accordian and glockenspiel.
Their sound might be described as a synthesis of melodic indie-rock/pop (Stars, Broken Social Scene..) with post-rock (Mogwai, A Silver Mt. Zion..) and more experimental forms of aggressive music (Envy, Kidcrash..). Song structures tend to forego conventional repetitious setups, with phrases/passages often appearing only once, and feature frequent builds and breakdowns. Songs tend to remain fairly short (3-5 minutes).
Recommended for fans of:
Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, Codeine, Cursive, Death Cab for Cutie, Explosions in the Sky, Final Fantasy, The Jim Yoshii Pile-Up, La Quiete, Radiohead, The Most Serene Republic, Mogwai, Xiu Xiu.
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