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Elephant Stone


Elephant Stone

After taking time to explore new collaborations and sounds (MIEN, Acid House Ragas) and remixes for paisley underground legends (The Dream Syndicate) and French pop-auteurs Tahiti80, Montreal’s Elephant Stone will release their new album Hollow on February 14th via Fuzz Club. Click here to pre-order the LP.

Today, they release the final single from the album. 

Listen to “We Cry Harmonia” via your preferred platform. Watch the official music video on YouTube.

For the “We Cry For Harmonia” video, I wanted to make a series of animations that would take you through the music. The song itself is like riding a smooth wave through time. I wanted to make sure the visual elements had a similar feel to bring you through to the other side. This was a really fun project to work on. A few of my favourite cell animated clips came out of this. I’m really excited to see it released. Thank you Rishi and Elephant Stone for letting me be a part of this.

 – Director Mike Turzanski

Debuting a decade ago, the Polaris Music Prize-nominated psych-pop creation of Rishi Dhir (vox, bass, sitar) and long-time collaborators Miles Dupire (drums) have released five critically-acclaimed albums and toured extensively throughout North America and Europe. As a highly-regarded sitar player, Dhir has also collaborated with indie-rock icons (Beck) and legendary cult bands (The Brian Jonestown Massacre). 

This is the first Elephant Stone release that has been fully recorded and produced in Dhir’s Sacred Sounds recording studio. Having the opportunity to create without being under time restrictions completely changed the band’s approach to making music, allowing them to explore new sounds and take more chances.

Montreal psych-pop group Elephant Stone have shared another taste of their forthcoming Hollow LP (set for release on Valentine’s Day 2020 through Fuzz Club). Watch Under The Radar’s video premiere of “The Court and Jury,” and stream the new single via your preferred platform now.

A court and jury decide who is allowed to leave. It was believed that everyone had a chance and that it would be a lottery. In the end, the wealthy and powerful are allowed to leave. Everyone else is left to die on Earth.

– Rishi Dhir

I imagined our future dystopia, humans as clones of each other, all freedoms a memory of the past, in a landscape of fury and fire. The main character has a glimpse of perspective, which fades in greeds grasp. A court decides the fate of those left on earth, who will stay and who will go. In the end, it is the wealthy and powerful that are allowed to leave this damaged planet. Those left are angry and point fingers, they have already become ghosts. A spaceship takes the wealthy and powerful to their new planet.

– Rachel Blumberg (“The Court and Jury” Video Director) 

From Side A (The Beginning) though to Side B (The Ending), the story told through Elephant Stone’s renowned garage-psych alchemy on Hollow, takes place immediately after mankind’s catastrophic destruction of the Earth; and what happens when the same elite responsible for the first world-destroying climate disaster touch down on New Earth, a recently-discover planet sold with the same life of prosperity as the one they’d just destroyed? As soon as the chosen few step off the Harmonia ship built for the journey, it’s clear that all is not what it seems and humanity appears destined to make the same mistakes: the storyline touches upon the plundering/poisoning of their home, the elite, demagogues, false idols, the truth as seen by children, and, ultimately, the fight for the survival of their species.

This new-found desire to explore new conceptual terrain isn’t just an inevitable extension of Elephant Stone’s trademark psychedelic tendencies, though. It was also partially borne out of a tragic incident that occurred in November 2017, when a fire tore its way through Rishi and his family’s home – leaving them, much like the subjects of Hollow, feeling lost and displaced. Thankfully, no one was injured in the blaze but the emotional toll for him and his family saw Rishi take some time out from Elephant Stone to recalibrate. A couple of years on and it’s clear that the experience courses through the veins of Hollow.

See below for a full list of Elephant Stone’s winter tour dates in support of Hollow. Tickets are available for purchase here.

 
1/29 Nijmegen, NL @ Merleyn
1/30 Amsterda, NL @ Paradiso
1/31 Leipzig, UT @ Connewitz
2/1 Berlin, DE @ Urban Spree
2/3 Basel, CH @ Kaserne
2/5 Bordeaux, FR @ l’Astrodome
2/6 Zaragoza, ES @ Las Armas
2/7 Madrid, ES @ Wurlitzer Ballroom
2/8 Barcelona, ES @ Sala Upload/Barcelona Psychfest
2/10 Leuven, BE @ Het Depot
2/11 Nottingham, UK @ The Chameleon
2/12 Glasgow, UK @ Nice & Sleazy
2/13 Manchester, UK @ The Castle Hotel
2/14 London, UK @ Moth Club
2/15 Paris, FR @ Espace B
2/21 Montreal, QC @ l’Escogriffe
2/22 Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
2/27 Lavaltrie, QC @ Chasse-Galerie
2/9 Sherbrooke, QC @ Boquebiere
3/6 Quebec City, QC @ Maelstrom Saint Roch

 

Elephant Stone – We Cry For Harmonia

Elephant Stone – Darker Time, Darker Space

Elephant Stone – Hollow World

Elephant Stone – Land Of Dead

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