CMW Preview: Elephant Stone

Elephant Stone

Chiara recommends Elephant Stone
Thursday March 21 – 10:30pm at The Garrison w/ Harvest Breed (8:30pm), Folly & The Hunter (9:30pm), Brad Fillatre (11:30pm), Noel Johnson (12:30am)

Montreal’s Elephant Stone is led by Rishi Dhir (vocals, bass, sitar) who you might already be familiar with for his sitar contributions to such little bands as The Black Angels, The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Horrors, among others. The band is rounded out with Gabriel Lambert (guitar, vocals), Stephen Venkatarangam (keys, bass, vocals, sitar) and Miles Dupire (drums).

Elephant Stone released their second LP, Elephant Stone, last month on February 5th via Hidden Pony Records. Similar in vibe to fellow Montrealers’ The Besnard Lakes, the hazy and daydreamy vocals possess mind-altering capabilities that smoothly ease you into a zen-like state. Their style is much less grungy stoner rock than one might initially expect from the list of Dhir’s efforts with other bands, even crossing the boundary into bright and blissed-out summery pop at times. This lo-fi indie flavour was likely born out of the Montreal music scene.

What makes this psychedelia band really stand out however is the infusion of traditional Indian flairs such as the sitar. With just the right measure of cultural influences blended in, there are moments where you honestly feel as if you have been transported to the other side of the world. Or plucked down right into the heart of a Bollywood film. This unique “hindie-rock” combination might just blow you away at first listen and will likely leave you with the intense desire for a live experience.

Need another push to check out something different? Here’s the band’s trippy video for single “Setting Sun.”

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Categories: Canadian Music Week 2013


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