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Earlier this week, Montreal’s Elephant Stone released a new video for ‘Fox on the Run’, taken from their recent ‘Hollow’ LP, as well as a great remix of the band’s 2013 single ‘A Silent Moment’ by Tom Furse (The Horrors). Elephant Stone ‘Fox on the Run’ is from their sixth full-length, ‘Hollow’, which we put out earlier this year. The song is a sublime piece of ambient psychedelia that submerges you in waves of mesmerising synths, shimmering guitars and Rishi’s effects-heavy vocals –

Talking about ‘Fox on the Run’, bandleader Rishi Dhir explains: “During the writing of this track, I was listening to a lot of Yo La Tengo, specifically ‘And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out’, I loved the hypnotic element to their tunes. At the same time I kept hearing reports about ICE agents taking people away in the middle of the night—people who have been in America for years and worked hard…only to be now targeted by Trump and his cronies. The song was written from the perspective of someone who just wants to be somewhere safe and with their family.”

Vince Gauthier, the director of the video, describes it a “a visual companion to the song’s playful rhythms juxtaposed against a serene portrayal of the protagonist, untroubled by the chaos tearing at the fabric of his world.” Out today, the single also comes with a B-side remix of the 2013 track ‘A Silent Moment’ courtesy of Tom Furse of The Horrors and MIEN, another of Rishi’s project’s MIEN with Tom, Alex Maas of The Black Angels and John Mark Lapham of The Earlies. You can stream ‘Fox on the Run’ and the remix below, and buy ‘Hollow’ on vinyl now.

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On February 14th 2020 Montreal psych-pop group Elephant Stone will release their sixth full-length, ‘Hollow’, on Fuzz Club Records. It arrives following their 2016 LP, ‘Ship Of Fools’, and a number of recent side-projects and collaborations, such as the Acid House Ragas project and new band MIEN with members of The Horrors and The Black Angels.

The first Elephant Stone record made in frontman and sitarist Rishi Dhir’s own Sacred Sounds studio, ‘Hollow’ is an ambitious, dystopian sci-fi concept album which he says is inspired by The Who’s ‘Tommy’, Pretty Things’ ‘S.F, Sorrow’ and the second side of The Beatles’: “There are a lot of unhappy people out there who are trying to find a way out. They are looking for meaning and something to believe in… or nothing to believe in. We all want the same thing but are trying to achieve it in different ways. With this in mind, I set forth writing a song-suite telling of a world of unhappy souls who have lost connection with each other.

From Side A (‘The Beginning) though to Side B (‘The Ending’), the story told through Elephant Stone’s renowned garage-psych alchemy 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.”

Montreal’s Elephant Stone was formed in 2009 by sitarist/bassist Rishi Dhir. As one of the most highly sought out sitar players in the international psych scene, he has recorded, performed and toured with Beck, the Black Angels, Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Horrors, and many more.

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Specializing in the live dissemination and recording of sitarified and psychedelified musical compositions.
Debuting a decade ago, the psych-pop creation of Rishi Dhir along with long-time collaborators Miles Dupire (drums) and Robbie MacArthur (guitar), and touring member Jason Kent (keys/guitar), have released five critically-acclaimed albums, toured extensively throughout North America and Europe, been nominated for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize and picked up praise from the likes of NPR, Brooklyn Vegan, Consequence of Sound, Rolling Stone, Clash Magazine and more. As a highly-regarded sitar player, Dhir has also collaborated with indie-rock icons (Beck) and legendary cult bands (The Brian Jonestown Massacre).

Part 2: Darker Time, Darker Space We can’t believe what is happening. We don’t know what to do. Scientists reveal they have built a spaceship that can take the top candidates for continuing humanity to New Earth. We’ve never been there, but we have heard transmissions that suggest life exists like ours. Who are the lucky ones that get to board starship Harmonia for planet B?

Band Members
Rishi Dhir,
Miles Dupire,
Jason Kent,
Robbie MacArthur,

new album ‘Hollow’ (out 02/14/2020)

Rocket Recordings are pleased to reveal the self-titled debut album by MIEN, the exciting new four piece band comprised of The Black Angels’ Alex Maas, The Horrors’ Tom Furse, Elephant Stone’s Rishi Dhir and The Earlies’ John-Mark Lapham.

The seeds were sown for this collaboration as long ago as 2004, when Rishi Dhir (Elephant Stone) found himself in a chance encounter with Black Angels frontman Alex Maas whilst performing sitar with his former band on a bill at SXSW in Austin with The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Not long afterwards, he would also stumble across electronics guru and producer John Mark Lapham from Anglo-American band The Earlies, via a shared love for one song – the ‘classic sitar banger’ by The Association, ‘Wantin’ Ain’t Gettin’.

Some years later, another piece of the puzzle came into place, when Dhir was now playing bass with The Black Angels in 2012, and found the band sharing several bills with The Horrors. Thus he made the acquaintance of Tom Furse, and yet another pact was made to work together.

Several traversals of the globe by both plane and audio- le later, the result is an album that sees this quartet transcending their origins whilst maintaining a cohesive unity borne of a desire for outward exploration. John Mark’s vision, as he puts it, was “imagine the Black Angels as Nico in her 80’s industrial phase mixed with George Harrison and Conny Plank.” – true to form,it’s an album that nds equal room for radiant groove-based propulsion and ambient dreamscapes alike – as comfortable with the murky hallucinogenic voyage of ‘You Dreamt’ as the powerful widescreen sweep of ‘(I’m Tired Of) Western Shouting’, yet with songwriting acumen as potent as the production values are expansive and exploratory.

This may have been a record put together at a distance – yet the chemistry between these four gures is manifest amidst a kaleidoscopic series of atmospheres and excursions whereby the fertile songwriting of the golden age of ‘60s psychedelia is transmitted into a transcendental realm above and beyond the second decade of the 21st century.

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MIEN are: Alex Maas (vocals, samples, loops), Tom Furse (keyboards, programming), Rishi Dhir (bass, sitar, keyboards) and John-Mark Lapham (keyboards, samples, programming).

Releases April 6th, 2018

Newly formed psych project Mien is a supergroup as meeting of the minds. It brings together the talents of Elephant Stone sitar player Rishi Dhir, Black Angels vocalist Alex Maas, The Horrors keyboardist Tom Furse, and electronic manipulator John-Mark Lapham of The Earlies. The members are separated by geography and much of the album was written and recorded long distance, but they’re united by a love of classic psychedelia and cutting-edge studio voodoo.

“Earth Moon,” the second single off their forthcoming self-titled debut, is a baroque testimony to what can happen when heads like these get together. Cascading sitar and billowing layers of Krauty keyboards ride a driving, motorik beat to a peak of eerie elation. The hyperreal production is made possible by technology, not to say drugs, that they just didn’t have in the ’60s. Listen close and you can hear a bit of each musician’s signature in the song’s psilocybin swirl – and plenty of what the future holds for mind-expanding music.

Mien incarnates on this plane April 6th via Rocket Recordings. The band makes their live debut in April at Levitation Festival.

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Band Members
Alex Maas
John Mark Lapham
Rishi Dhir
Tom Furse

As reported before Rocket Recordings are extremely excited to be releasing the self-titled debut album by MIEN, the new four piece band comprised of The Black Angels’ Alex Maas, The Horrors’ Tom Furse, Elephant Stone’s Rishi Dhir and The Earlies’ John-Mark Lapham.
After revealing the video for their debut track Black Habit we are pleased to share with you the second track from the album which is called ‘Earth Moon’.
The single will be released on 6th March and will feature a killer remix of MIEN’s first single Black Habit by the ever great $hit and $hine. We will reveal this mighty slab of industrial psych shortly!

The press reactions to the band’s first single “Black Habit” has been overwhelming:
“Apocalyptic psych rock.” Pitchfork–
“MIEN is the line-up of your dreams.” Clash
“Kaleidoscopic series of atmospheres and excursions.” 
Self Titled Mag

Elephant Stone

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Montreal’s Elephant Stone was formed in 2009 by sitarist/bassist Rishi Dhir. As one of the most highly sought out sitar players in the international psych scene, he has recorded, performed and toured with Beck, the Black Angels, Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Horrors, and many more.rishi and co. will be a highlight at this years austin psych fest..
psychedelified-hindi-rock mantra..
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Elephant Stone Euro May2017

Anton Newcombe of the Brian Jonestown Massacre and Fabien Leseure give their take on the title track from Elephant Stone’s The Three Poisons (2014).
Taken from ES3PRMX out June 2nd, 2015 on Burger Records (CASSETTE)/Elephants On Parade Records

SEM Exclusive Video: Elephant Stone Premieres “Echo & The Machine” (Al Lover Remix)

Montreal’s Elephant Stone was formed in 2009 by sitarist/bassist Rishi Dhir. As one of the most highly sought out sitar players in the international psych scene, he has recorded, performed and toured with Beck, the Black Angels, Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Horrors, and many more.

Elephant Stone has released two LPs, an EP, and has toured throughout North American and Europe. They have spear-headed the Hindie-Rock movement with their deft ability of weaving together rock’n’roll, Hindustani classical, and catchy-as-all-hell pop. 2014 saw the release of Elephant Stone’s third full-length, The Three Poisons. Their strongest/grooviest release to date, Elephant Stone have this six track remix by various members of psychedelica top artists, support the release by touring the world and spreading their psychedelified Hindie- Rock mantra.

SEM Exclusive Video: Elephant Stone Premieres “Echo & The Machine” (Al Lover Remix)

Today, SEM proudly premieres the video for Al Lover’s remix of Elephant Stone’s “Echo & The Machine,” the third track on ES3PRMX, which comes out on 2nd June 2015. Al Lover does a psychedelic/break beat remix of Echo & The Machine from Elephant Stone’s The Three Poisons (2014).
Taken from ES3PRMX out June 2nd, 2015 on Burger Records (CASSETTE)/Elephants On Parade Records (DIGITAL)

ES3PRMX is an album of inventive remixes of songs from Elephant Stone’s critically-acclaimed 2014 album, The Three Poisons. 

Montreal’s Elephant Stone was formed in 2009 by sitarist/bassist Rishi Dhir. As one of the most highly sought out sitar players in the international psych scene, he has recorded, performed and toured with Beck, the Black Angels, Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Horrors, and many more.

Elephant Stone has released two LPs, an EP, and has toured throughout North American and Europe. They have spear-headed the Hindie-Rock movement with their deft ability of weaving together rock’n’roll, Hindustani classical, and catchy-as-all-hell pop. Elephant Stone’s third full-length, The Three Poisons. Their strongest/grooviest release to date,  for now, enjoy Al Lover’s work and the video that accompanies it.