Taiwanese math rock band Elephant Gym released the macbeth-inspired by the song ‘Witches’ from their upcoming third studio album ‘Dreams’.
The single was released on streaming platforms alongside a music video on May 4 ahead of the album’s May 11 release. The lyrics to “Witches” are lines taken straight from the iconic seventh soliloquy to futility in William Shakespeare’s play. macbethwhich reads in part: “It’s a story told by a fool / Full of sound and fury / Meaning nothing.”
The eerie and elaborate music video is inspired by macbeth thus, portraying Elephant Gym like the three witches in Shakespeare’s play – but with an Asian twist, as they chop up aromatics and cook noodles for a spell. The three witches lead “people down a path that will eventually lead to nothingness” using prophecies and desires, the group Explain in an Instagram post.
Watch the clip for ‘Witches’ below.
Elephant Gym announced “Dreams” in March, detailing a 12-track album featuring collaborations with Taiwanese pop artist 9m88 (“Shadow”) and Hakka singer-songwriter Lin Sheng Xiang (“Dream Of You”) . Kaohsiung City Wind Orchestra and Chio Tian Folk Drums and Art Troupe are also credited on ‘Wings’ and ‘Deities’ Party’ respectively.
The four tracks from the band’s 2021 EP “Crack of Dawn” which was released exclusively for Japanese listeners – the aforementioned “Wings”, “Dear Humans”, toe sample “Go Through The Night” and bass instrumental ‘Dreamlike’ – will also appear on ‘Dreams’.
Elephant Gym also premiered “Dreams” on their website via a “psychological test” based on the 12 Jungian archetypes and developed to match the songs on the record. By playing the Choose Your Own Adventure game, fans can unlock tracks from the album.
The trio recently released a cover of Emil Wakin Chau’s 2001 hit “Any Song Reminds You of Me?” as part of Rock Records’ 40th anniversary celebrations in early December.
Elephant Gym released their debut EP “Balance” in 2013. They then released their debut album “Angle” in 2014 before releasing the EP “Work” in 2016. They released their second album “Underwater” in October 2018.