Dante Elephante is one of those bands making the soundtrack to California dreamin’ — edgy surf-pop perfect for backyard parties and cruising the 101. The Santa Barbara-bred band — Ruben Zarate, Kevin Boutin, Tommy Devoy and Chris Lopez — released their new album “Anglo-Saxon Summer” in October; produced by Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado, it came out on Lolipop Records. And one California dreamer from the U.K. was smitten by it. Englishman Luke Barham of Super Fan 99 Records discovered Dante Elephante last summer on a trip to L.A. after stopping in Lolipop’s Echo Park record shop. “It was then our mission to make a U.K. release happen, and last year we released ‘Anglo Saxon Summer’ to brilliant reviews,” Barham says. Now Barham has directed a winsome video for the song “Pasadena Dreams,” which Super Fan 99 will release as a limited-edition single on heart-shaped vinyl. The video is set in the 1960s and features up-and-coming British actress Emma-Jane Hinds and Harry Bullot as two teens pining to run away to Pasadena. It was filmed near Barham’s hometown of Dorking, in the countryside about 30 miles south of London. It’s almost as if you can see Pasadena from the couple’s hilltop perch; you can certainly hear it in the song.
||| Watch: The video for “Pasadena Dreams”
||| Live: Dante Elephante play April 1 at the Echo.