By Jessica McCormick
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Baltimore-based contemporary R&B duo Pink Elefants grace Alchemical Records once again. Debuting in 2019, the band – comprised of long-time friends Finch (Flores) and Illeven (Joshua Matthew) – has seen us through some of the toughest times we may ever encounter. If you’re a member of the “Elefam,” you’ve probably spent some of your evenings enjoying their nightly Facebook series, in which they perform original music and covers. If you’re only learning about this now, check it out.
In their latest release, “Sorry,” Pink Elefants create a space for expressing regret in the face of inevitability. The lyrics bring to mind the oft-quoted Martin Luther King, Jr. (it’s a little rambling, but bear with me):
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
In this case, we tend to cast ourselves as the enemy, and then try to confront our shortcomings when it’s too late to make amends. We remember every missed opportunity, and clearly recall every single thing we could have done differently when the friend is no longer around. If only 20/20 vision worked in foresight.
While we feel paralyzed in the moment, acknowledging and taking time to work through the sorrow is part of healing. As the adage goes, “It’s okay to not be okay.” I know, it sucks. It really sucks. It hurts, it’s infuriating, and it shrouds everything. “Sorry” conveys that point of existence. In their music video, Pink Elefants’ fanbase, friends, and family bravely partake in the first step, showing each other and viewers that none of us are alone.
“Sorry” leads the release of And Neon Lights, the band’s upcoming full-length album encompassing all previous releases along with new tracks.
This track has been added to our Alchemical Weekly YouTube Playlist.
Jessica McCormick is an Army brat currently residing in Silicon Valley. With a decade of experience in communications, she appreciates the transformative power of music. She has spent over two decades singing with various choirs, and has enjoyed 8 years with the San Jose Metropolitan Band playing alto saxophone. In her free time, she loves reading speculative fiction.
When D.C. venues were ready to reopen after COVID-19, indie pop duo GLOSSER was ready to perform. The two, Riley Fanning and Corbin Sheehan, formed the band pre-COVID out of a shared aesthetic vision and passion for music storytelling.
Their first album *DOWNER* was released in January 2023, however they have decided to release a [__deluxe version__](https://open.spotify.com/album/0KLORhtj3ohV4FtbdjoKu5?si=iNZX9fiZSm2M6V8pRdBkow) exactly one year later containing four new tracks – two remixes, a reimagined song, and a cover – that they are hoping will give it a second life and allow them to continue performing around the area.
The band explains that they have spent many shows opening for touring bands that traveled through D.C. “We made music and then venues started to open again,” Sheehan says. Rather than having the “typical grungy” D.C. band experience, they uniquely went straight to club shows.