Jun 17, 2003

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Originally released in 1999 on Sign Language Records as a limited-run with little retail distribution, Elephant was re-released by Polyvinyl in Summer 2003. The album had become a staple in the CD carousel the previous winter and the question was raised as to why such a wonderful album was out of print.

Despite the lack of availability, Elephant is viewed by most Pele fans viewed as the group's defining moment. The album bridged the gapbetween the band's earlier work and paved the way for its fourth and fifth albums (The Nudes and Enemies).

This reissue of Elephant includes the album's original seven tracks, as well as three live bonus tracks recorded during Pele's 2002 Japanese tour.


  • 1
    Gymnastics (Pam) (2:35)
  • 2
    Pickled Pear (5:16)
  • 3
    A Scuttled Bender In A Watery Closet (4:26)
  • 4
    Egg (4:21)
  • 5
    Nighttime Stomach (6:26)
  • 6
    Little Hunts (7:57)
  • 7
    Linear Clocks and Daughters (6:10)
  • 8
    Safe Dolphin (Live) (Digital Bonus Track) (7:00)
  • 9
    Hospital Sports (Live) (Digital Bonus Track) (6:16)
  • 10
    Visit Pumpy (Live) (Digital Bonus Track) (4:02)


Precisely played and elegantly constructed.

All Music Guide

Their music is perfectly comfortable, relaxing to a great extent, and demonstrates that this trio has an excellent understanding of what the human ear craves.


A torrent of small musical epiphanies reminiscent of early Smashing Pumpkins or even earlier New Order.


Pele's music make[s] the leap from interesting to exceptional.

All Music Guide

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