The Montreal indie rock band Elephant Stone are releasing their new album, The Three Poisons, on August 26th on Hidden Pony Records. The band was started in 2009 by sitarist/bassist Rishi Dhir, one of the most highly sought out sitar players in the international music scene. He’s recorded, performed and toured with Beck, the Black Angels, Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Horrors, and many more.
They band has released two albums and an EP, and with each new release the band garners more fans and greater acclaim for their psychedelicized groove laden “Hindie” rock. The new album, Three Poisons, is their best yet.
Dhir explains the story behind the making of the album:
It all started on January 1st, 2013. I got a call from my brother-in-law; he had found a box of vinyl on his door step and offered to let me take my picks before he dropped them off at the local vinyl shop. He mentioned there was some Echo & The Bunnymen and bunch of stuff he didn’t recognize. Being the vinyl junkie that I am, I headed over.
What I found in that box was beyond anything I could have imagined. Yes, there was Echo’s “Songs to Learn & Sing”, but there was also a 12” single release of the Happy Mondays “Step On” and “Kinky Afro”, Spaceman 3 “Recurring”, The Stone Roses “Waterfall” and “One Love”, New Order’s house masterpiece “Technique”, Ride’s “Today Forever”, and the list went on. I was dumbfounded as to why someone would abandon such treasure. Were they starting off the New Year by purging themselves of their material possessions? Payback from a wounded lover? Divine intervention? Whatever it was, I lucked out and began reacquainting myself with Shaun, Rowetta, J Spaceman, Sonic Boom, Ian, Bernard, Hooky, et al.
Fast forward a year later and the band is in deep, working on the follow-up to our self-titled 2013 release. I don’t think it was just me, but things felt different this time around. The grooves were groovier, the sonics rumbled heavier, and the songs were connecting to something bigger. It wasn’t until Malika Tirolien came in to record her inspired backing vocals for “Knock You From Yr Mountain” and “All Is Burning” that I reflected on that abandoned record collection I inherited and the trip it took me on. In that moment I heard the groove of the Mondays, the darkness of Echo, the jangle of Ride… but what I truly heard and felt coming together in these new batch of songs was—and is—unequivocally the sound of Elephant Stone.
Below, download this psych-groove song from Elephant Stone’s forthcoming release. It’s as good a Primal Scream A-side as you can get. Look for Fall tour dates to be announced soon.