10 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On its self-titled sophomore album, Elephant Stone matches ‘60s rock guitar jangle with elements of classical Indian music to create a distinctive hybrid that’s both accessible and exotic. This time out, frontman Rishi Dhir fully integrates his band’s Eastern and Western influences, giving more exposure to his deft sitar playing. There’s a pronounced psychedelic tint to many of these tracks, along with a commitment to pop songcraft that emphasizes chorus hooks as well as sandalwood-scented ambiance. A touch of Hindu mysticism lends depth to the inviting glide of “Setting Sun,” while “A Silent Moment” fuses a meditative air with droning vocals and a simmering tabla beat. The band approaches its music with a feel for tight, cogent arrangements, whether it's going for a crisp, Byrdsy sound (“Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin”) or a trippy, feedback-washed feel (“Sally Go Round the Sun”). The floodgates are opened for “The Sea of Your Mind”: a nearly nine-minute excursion into lysergic folk-rock that shows off Dhir’s instrumental prowess. All told, Elephant Stone’s Hindi Rock vision comes closer to full-blown reality on this spacy yet solidly constructed effort.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On its self-titled sophomore album, Elephant Stone matches ‘60s rock guitar jangle with elements of classical Indian music to create a distinctive hybrid that’s both accessible and exotic. This time out, frontman Rishi Dhir fully integrates his band’s Eastern and Western influences, giving more exposure to his deft sitar playing. There’s a pronounced psychedelic tint to many of these tracks, along with a commitment to pop songcraft that emphasizes chorus hooks as well as sandalwood-scented ambiance. A touch of Hindu mysticism lends depth to the inviting glide of “Setting Sun,” while “A Silent Moment” fuses a meditative air with droning vocals and a simmering tabla beat. The band approaches its music with a feel for tight, cogent arrangements, whether it's going for a crisp, Byrdsy sound (“Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin”) or a trippy, feedback-washed feel (“Sally Go Round the Sun”). The floodgates are opened for “The Sea of Your Mind”: a nearly nine-minute excursion into lysergic folk-rock that shows off Dhir’s instrumental prowess. All told, Elephant Stone’s Hindi Rock vision comes closer to full-blown reality on this spacy yet solidly constructed effort.

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About Elephant Stone

Elephant Stone is a neo-psychedelic outfit led by Rishi Dhir, formerly of the High Dials. Its music incorporates the influence of British Invasion bands like the Kinks and the Beatles, as well as Indian classical music, which Dhir was paying particular attention to when he formed the band in Montreal in 2008. With Dhir singing lead and handling nearly a dozen instruments, help from several guests including producer Jace Lasek, and no shortage of breezy melodies, Elephant Stone released its debut album, The Seven Seas, in 2009 on Dhir's own Elephants on Parade label (with Fontana Distribution). The Glass Box EP followed in 2010 via Elephants on Parade and 360 Degree. The group signed with Canada's Hidden Pony for 2013's self-titled Elephant Stone. Settling into a regular lineup of Dhir, Gabriel Lambert on guitar, and Miles Dupire-Gagnon on drums, Three Poisons arrived in 2014, also on Hidden Pony. The trio released Elephant Stone's fourth LP, Ship of Fools, with Burger Records in 2016. ~ Marcy Donelson

ORIGIN
Montreal, Canada
FORMED
2008

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