Elephant Exes Still Agree: Diana Ross is a Babe

The indie duo Elephant used to be a couple. They broke up their personal relationship, but are reuniting to tour their eagerly-awaited debut Sky Swimming, the record they produced while they were together.

When they gamely showed up in our studios, Elephant’s Amelia Rivas and Christian Pinchbeck hadn’t seen each other for three months – and they aren’t planning any parties together in the near future. You can still enjoy their fun, R&B-infused picks yourself, under less-awkward circumstances.


Amelia Rivas: Hi. We’re Elephant. I’m Amelia and this is Christian.

Christian Pinchbeck: Hi, Amelia.

Amelia Rivas: We have a new album coming out called “Sky Swimming,” and this is our party playlist.

Christian Pinchbeck: Is this both of our dinner party? Are we sharing this dinner party or are they separate dinner parties? Because we don’t share anything anymore — we don’t share dinner parties!  That doesn’t happen!

Amelia Rivas: And… done.

Chromeo, “Over Your Shoulder”

Christian Pinchbeck: All right, so the first song we’re going to start with is “Over Your Shoulder,” by Chromeo.

Amelia Rivas: Last year we had a party. My aunts and a friend of mine put a Chromeo song on, and after the first play, we listened to it over and over.  We got to about 50 plays. We danced to it all night.

Christian Pinchbeck: Someone’s going to ask you “What is this song?” ‘Cause they probably haven’t heard of it. And you don’t even need to answer — just dance.

Amelia Rivas: Yeah — just dance and you’re done.

Diana Ross, “Tenderness”

Amelia Rivas: The next song is from Diana Ross, and it’s called “Tenderness.” When this song goes on, this is when you open a nice bottle of wine… everyone has a nice [mispronouncing it] boo-gie… it’s not out of hand…

Christian Pinchbeck: [correctly pronouncing it] “Boogie”

Amelia Rivas: Boo-gie. Like Boo-gietown.

Christian Pinchbeck: “Boogie.”

Amelia Rivas: Boo-gie.

The background music is really funky… but they way she sings it, I just find it really interesting.

Christian Pinchbeck: Ironically, I didn’t like it on the first listen.

Amelia Rivas: What?!

Christian Pinchbeck: But I know what you’re saying about… It’s very strange.

Amelia Rivas: It is strange.

Christian Pinchbeck: There’s nothing really “on point” about it. It’s one of those songs where, I think, you’ve got to listen to it a couple of times to really get inside it.

Amelia Rivas: But that’s why it’s so clever.  And Diana Ross is a babe.

Christian Pinchbeck: Such a babe.

Amelia Rivas: She is a babe.

H-Town, “Knockin’ Da Boots”

Christian Pinchbeck: The next song we’re going to play, as everyone’s dancing on the bed, is H-Town: “Knockin’ Da Boots.”

Christian Pinchbeck: So I picked this song, but now I’m instantly regretting picking it, ’cause it’s so sleazy. So now I feel like I turned the party into some sort of sleazefest, as everyone’s been dancing on the bed to Diana Ross.

I think it was number one in 1993?  And I guess what happened was when I was six years old — when I was vibing out to my Lego — this must’ve been on the radio.

Amelia Rivas: You were not listening to this at six.

Christian Pinchbeck: My mum was! And now it’s inside me, and the R&B is coming out.

It is the leaving song — you put that on, and everyone’s left by the end of the song. It’s a good “clearing out” song.

Amelia Rivas: Yeah — I fully support this song because I would grab my coat and leave.

Christian Pinchbeck: Bed time.  “Knockin’ The Boots.”


Elephant, “Sky Swimming”

Amelia Rivas: If we were going to choose a track from our album, I think it would be “Sky Swimming.”

Christian Pinchbeck: It’s very sedative, and I find quite a few people that listen to it get in that same kind of state. It just feels right. It’s that whole dreamy kind of… “in the clouds” thing.

Amelia Rivas: This song is… a break-up song. Me and Christian broke up, and I wrote this song, and didn’t really realize that we were going to have it on the album.

It’s a… special moment in our lives.

Christian Pinchbeck: “Special.” Brilliant.