"Movers and Shakers" is the third album by Elifantree, seeing the trio incorporate into their music more electronic elements and influences from pop music than before. As to the album’s theme, the group has turned to a number of poets for inspiration.
Movers and Shakers is the thrid album by trio Elifantree, formed by vocalist Anni Elif Egecioglu, saxophonist Pauli Lyytinen and drummer Tatu Rönkkö. On the album, the group take their sound to a new level and yet one step further from conventional genre categories. The group describes their new album as a crisp combination of social criticism, surrealism and fresh sounds. The album was released on Tampere-based Eclipse Music.
At the time of their debut release, in 2010, Elifantree were often described as an experimental jazz group – a weird bird of jazz – but lately this label has become even more futile and, indeed, it seems unnecessary to try to place this group in any neat musical category. Jazz remains present in their expression, but incorporating a big dose of electronica, Elifantree’s sound borders upon experimental pop music today. The electro-acoustic dimension of their soundscapes has grown deeper, the role of the piano has become more central, the polyrhythmic elements more subtle and the percussive elements have gained more melodicity.
Thematically, Movers and Shakers draws from the realm of poetry as the band has turned to several women poets – such as the Chinese Ch'iu Chin (1879-1907) and the American Sylvia Plath (1932–1963) – for inspiration. Elifantree have borrowed the title of their album from the British poet Arthur O’Shaughnessy’s 1874 piece of verse, "Ode".
The group went also on an extensive Scandinavian tour in spring 2015, joined by the Norwegian piano trio Splashgirl at a number of gigs.