We typically see a more down-to-earth approach from Elephant Stone, but here’s to branching out. Their new album is shaping up to be a considerable deviation.
Rishi Dhir (our intrepid explorer) says this particular track was inspired by Hubble images (and an article about them), Air’s soundtrack for the colour restoration of Le Voyage dans la Lune, and Bosch’s “Ship of Fools” painting.
Elephant Stone’s Ship of Fools album comes out this week. Let’s hope it lands more smoothly than Dhir landed that spaceship.
Elephant Stone making dance music?
It’s true—there are people dancing right there in the video. And this follows in the footsteps of “The Devil’s Shelter,” which we suggested contains “more than a hint of Chemical Brothers beats.” Looks like they might’ve made an entire album in this vein, which we wouldn’t mind one bit.
Their Ship of Fools LP is due out soon.
That guy in the top hat and bandana is surely of the ‘dastardly’ variety, but is he really who our sprinting protagonist is fleeing? Looks like they’re getting cozy at one point.
Our favourite sitar-lovin’ psych-rockers have adopted more than a hint of Chemical Brothers beats for this new single, in addition to backup vocals from The Black Angels’ Alex Maas. Here’s hoping “The Devil’s Shelter” is on their next album (plus more like it).
Make an album, tour. Make an album, tour. This is all Elephant Stone does, and they’re becoming exceedingly skilled at both.
They were in the right place at the right time, then, on Friday night. It took a superhuman effort to win over the few onlookers that stuck it out until their midnight slot—Hard Luck’s A/C was non-functional, it was the hottest day of the year thus far, and the bar is on the third (fourth?) floor of a building with no windows. The furniture was sweating, in this place.
The Montreal quartet stuck to their typical festival set: tried and true tunes from their self-titled album and last year’s The Three Poisons that provided Rishi Dhir with a handful of opportunities to wail on the sitar (I haven’t given up home that some day, I may get hear “Strangers” live). Check out “Knock You From Yr Mountain,” above, for a taste.
Nothing new in this performance, but rumour has it that work on the next album is underway.
Seems they’re on an album-a-year pace, now, and you’ll get no complaints from us.
“Child Of Nature (Om Namah Shivaya)” comes from Elephant Stone’s The Three Poisons, out last week. Rishi Dhir has said he wrote this particular track while trying to set music to the Tibetan Book of the Dead.
Bonus: check out a live version, below.
Definitive proof that a layer of kaleidoscopic colour can make an exciting video out of four guys standing around, not doing much of anything (the projections are apparently done by a dude named Bob Mustachio; sounds like a Homer Simpson alias—Lance Uppercut, anyone?).
“Love The Sinner, Hate The Sin” comes from Elephant Stone’s self-titled disc, released earlier this year. We’re still waiting for them to make a video out of that nine-minute-long sitar jam.
We’ll save complaints about self-titling your second album for another day because we’re too busy being beguiled this disc.
Elephant Stone isn’t as eventful as The Seven Seas (or that stellar Glass Box EP), but the thrills are in there, for sure; you just have to dig for them. They’re out to mesmerize—this 2013 Elephant Stone—with dense, methodical pop; you may find it lacking whimsy, but rest assured that it’s designed to precisely penetrate your pleasure centres. Nine-minute-long, psychedelic, wall-of-guitar sitar jam in the middle of your album, anyone? Every record needs one of these.
Check out Elephant Stone’s “Setting Sun,” down below.