Elephant Pancakes was formed in 2010 in Seattle, WA, USA. Their music is almost exclusively instrumental, borrowing elements from various types of music, including blues, world, rock, primitive, experimental, electronic, and folk. The music is largely improvised, each song recorded as it is created, either collectively or by individuals. Elephant Pancakes' album and song names are chosen at random from a bag of words written down on paper slips by the band members and their friends over the years. The name "Elephant Pancakes" was determined by the same process.