It is easy to miss the mark when trying to explain a sound rough enough around the edges to keep the freaks lined up in front of the stage with subtle popish magic reminding everyone in the room to not take themselves so seriously as to miss a glorious chance at letting our shaggy hair catch wind. Big Bill's video for "Forget About Monday" does them justice.
This song is bigger than Half Dream seemed to have in them. It might not be dancy but on the slide-scale of their sound, it might as well be disco. What a jam. No one is surprised. This being the first song to feature the new lineup with Jake Ames, Bryan Dalle Molle, and Vanessa Jollay could factor into that.
Putting "Medicine" on is an astral projection to our better lives defined by music shared in offbeat places where feeling alive is walking through a barely lucid dream. Elephant are obviously dreamers.
"Stranger Days" nurtures our grateful appreciation of Skeggs. Whereas the general expectation for songs from the band is more in the vein of self-deprecating cynicism, this time around we get optimistically driven motivation as inspiring as it is the closest the band has ever sounded on record to their Triple J session from back in 2019.