Elephant Stone – Self-Titled Album Drops Today / On Tour

by New Music Michael on February 5 2013

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This Montreal quartet released their debut album, “The Seven Seas”, back in 2009, for which it was deservedly short-listed by the Polaris folks. They’re back again, with a self-titled effort, courtesy of Reverberation Appreciation Society.

Lying somewhere between psychedelia, shoegaze, indie rock, and under the distinct influence of traditional Indian music, their sound is unlike few others, and yet one can’t help but gravitate towards it. It’s akin to a giant black hole, filled with the gooey goodness of the freshest cinnamon bun on a beautiful spring day. As your ship gets pulled closer and closer, the gooeyness splats across the windscreen, and the tiny granules of joyous sound seep in through microscopic cracks in the hull, cascading around the ship’s crew and passengers, instantly levitating them in a musical bliss.

Founder Rishi Dhir plays both the sitar and bass on the album and live (as well as performs lead vocal duties), and is well-known in the psychedelic music scene, having recorded and toured with the Black Angels, Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Horrors, and the Soundtrack Of Our Lives.

You can stream “Heavy Moon” below. They’ve got a major tour all planned out, which you can check out below as well; most of those are as the opening act to the Black Angels. No dates in western Canada, but hopefully they travel our way soon on the back of this record. We’d love to see ‘em.

Tour Itinerary

Feb 08 – Sherbrooke QC at La Petite Boite Noire
Feb 14 – Quebec City QC at Le Cercle
Feb 15 – Montreal QC at Divan Orange
Mar 13 – Dallas TX at Kessler Theater
Mar 16 – Austin TX at Brazos Hall (SXSW)
Mar 17 – Houston TX at Fitzgeralds
Mar 20 – Hamilton ON at Casbah
Mar 21 – Toronto ON at El Mocambo
Apr 02 – New York NY at Pianos
Apr 04 – Athens GA at Georgia Theatre
Apr 05 – Asheville NC at Orange Peel
Apr 06 – Washington DC at Black Cat
Apr 07 – Philadelphia PA at Union Transfer
Apr 08 – New York NY at Webster Hall
Apr 10 – Brooklyn NY at Bell House
Apr 11 – Boston MA at Royale
Apr 13 – Toronto ON at Danforth Music Hall
Apr 15 – Detroit MI at Magic Stick
Apr 16 – Cleveland OH at Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
Apr 17 – Columbus OH at Newport Music Hall
Apr 19 – Chicago IL at Vic Theatre
Apr 20 – Minneapolis MN at Fine Line Music Café
Apr 21 – Omaha NE at Waiting Room
Apr 22 – Lawrence KS at Granada Theatre
Apr 24 – Dallas TX at Club Dada
Apr 28 – Austin TX at Austin Psych Fest 2013
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