Elephant Shell

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Elephant Shell
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 22, 2008
RecordedDecember 18, 2007 at Chemical Sound and mixed at Tarquin Studios
GenreIndie rock, post-punk revival
LabelSaddle Creek (North America), Memphis (Europe)
ProducerJon Drew, Peter Katis, Chris Zane, Tokyo Police Club
Tokyo Police Club chronology
Smith EP
Elephant Shell
Singles from Elephant Shell
  1. "Your English Is Good"
    Released: July 2007
  2. "Tessellate"
    Released: April 2008
  3. "In a Cave"
    Released: June 2008

Elephant Shell is the first LP to be released by Tokyo Police Club. It was released in the United States, Canada and Australia on April 22, 2008 on Saddle Creek Records, and in the United Kingdom and Continental Europe on May 5, 2008. "In a Cave", "Juno", and "Tessellate" have been posted on the band's official MySpace.

The album was leaked on the internet on March 7, 2008. In response to the leak, Saddle Creek Records offered the album as a high-quality MP3 download for $9.00 on their website. The iTunes Store pre-released the album on March 25. Starting April 25, MTV Canada streamed the album free online (The Leak).

The album release party was held at the Bowery Ballroom in New York, with guests Smoosh and The Meligrove Band.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars link
Robert ChristgauA−[1]
NME(9/10) link
Pitchfork Media(6.3/10) link
Rolling Stone3/5 stars [1]

Chart performance[edit]

The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers charts in the United States, and at #10 in the Canadian album chart.

Track listing[edit]

2."In a Cave"2:49
6."Sixties Remake"2:05
7."The Harrowing Adventures Of..."2:51
8."Nursery, Academy"2:27
9."Your English Is Good"3:13
10."Listen to the Math"2:58
11."The Baskervilles"2:17
Total length:28:04

Bonus disc track listing[edit]

  1. "Centennial (Remix by Dntel)" - 4:37
  2. "Tessellate (Remix by Tom Campesinos!)" - 4:16
  3. "Nursery, Academy (Remix by Flowers Forever)" - 2:38
  4. "Listen to the Math (Remix by The Good Life)" - 3:18
  5. "Tessellate (Remix by Field Music)" - 3:28

Free downloads[edit]

The songs "In a Cave" and "Juno" were both released as free downloads before the actual release of the album.


  1. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Elephant Shell". Robert Christgau.