Songs of Fascination 1: "White Elephant" by Asaf Sirkis and The Inner Noise

  • Posted on: 28 December 2015
  • By: sheldonkreger

Songs of Fascination Series

This series is an exploration of songs which at once caught my attention, and never let go. These are the songs I listen to on repeat; that I tear apart phrase by phrase; that I memorize line by line. If you are curious about my taste in music, this is the series you are looking for.

White Elephant

"White Elephant" is a very unique jazz fusion tune. Featuring Steve Lodder on church organ and Mike Outram on guitar, this is a trio lineup unlike anything I have ever heard.

What makes this song special is not only the drumming, but the incredible work of Lodder on organ. I have always loved the dark, majestic, and powerful sound of the pipe organ, and have even occasionally daydreamed of how it would sound in a jazz fusion context. This album (Inner Noise
) is like my daydreaming coming to life - in a both terrifying and satisfying manner. The entire album is fantastic, but "White Elephant" is my favorite, if I had to choose one. Clocking in at nearly 12 and a half minutes, the band has plenty of time to build tension, explore solos, and provide a vamp for Sirkis on drums. I also really enjoy the track "Questions" which is a pipe organ solo.

Purchase Inner Noise.

Asaf Sirkis
Mike Outram