Elderbrook Brings Humor to 'Old Friend' EP: Exclusive Track-by-Track Breakdown

Grace Pickering


Soft drinks are bad for you, but "Cola" is delicious. You know, the mega dance hit of 2018 from Camelphat and Elderbrook. Those were the latter's creamy vocals on the tune, and on Thursday (Nov. 29), the Londoner returns with four equally effervescent, sip-worthy tunes all his own. Well, he did have some help from a couple of really cool cats on a few of them, but that makes the four-track Old Friends EP all the better.

House and synth-pop fans should admire this EP equally. There's a strong sense of traditional song structure at play, which means each is sing-along-worthy, but there's a steady beat to each unique, electronic environment throughout. Elderbrook's lyrics are humorous and relatable, but his voice is sexy as ever. If you're not a big fan yet, you will be, especially after you learn a little more about his process and creative partners in the track-by-track breakdown below, exclusive to Billboard Dance.

"Old Friend"
“Old Friend” is the title track. It’s about the moments when you hang around people you used to know and instantly slip back into your old habits - whatever they may be. Musically speaking, the song is one of the more upbeat numbers. It started with that kind of retro sounding bass synth. I remember being super excited when I heard and played it, because I knew that that sound would be able to carry the song. Not much to it other than that bass sound and beat.

I made this one with Nick Littlemore who is part of Empire of The Sun, a band I love, so it was really an amazing opportunity to work with him. The song is about us as a society destroying everything we touch, yet convincing ourselves at the same time that nothing is wrong. I love the simplicity of this one. (It's) very much led by the tribal drum sounds you hear from the beginning.

“Capricorn” is more of a fun song. It tells the story of two people in a relationship that is largely defined by what is written in the horoscope that the girlfriend reads at the beginning of the day. The idea is that, upon reading the horoscope, all her actions thereafter are influenced by whatever she reads. So, of course, the story leads to the guy infiltrating the magazine and getting a job writing horoscopes, changing them to work in his favour (sic). I wrote it ages ago, and I kind of forgot about it until a writing duo called Anthony and Cleopatra tweaked it by just adding the “la la la la la”s, which I think ended up really making the song what it is now.

"Bird Song" 
“Bird Song” is one of the more pretty-sounding songs on the EP. It was one I had been excited about from the very beginning, because I wrote it with an artist I absolutely love - TEED (Totally Extinct Enormous Dinosaurs). I’ve been a fan for a really long time so to actually work with him was pretty great and the results were too!


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