Elephant Stone releases new single “Solitude”

After a slew of psychedelic singles, modern Montreal psych-pop band Elephant Stone will release their new EP Mr. Lonely’s Trip to the Moon this Friday (2/18) via Elephants On Parade. Today they share the latest look at the concept EP with the desperate and giddy single “Solitude”.

Following previous frenzied outings “The Sorrow Rocket” and “Mr. Lonely” where the titular hermetic character plans and makes his lonely escape from earth, today’s track is arguably the most solemn in the collection, where Mr. Lonely now mourns his isolation has given him, mourning and yearning for what he left at home.

Dhir explains, “I was deep into The Pretty Thing’s ‘Parachute’ when I wrote this one. I continued to hear this harmony which reminded me of them. However, once recorded, it was nothing like them. I like the sweetness of the air. ..it’s a swinging ballad with a ‘himalayan mountain top’ solo from Robbie…something like Slash’s solo in the ‘November Rain’ music video.” The band will also embark on a North American tour in next May after an appearance at SXSW, with dates below and tickets available here.

Mr. Lonely’s journey to the moon picks up on the personal aspects of survival explored on the band’s previous album Hollow, and what it means on a dying planet with or without people. “I built this story about a hermit who is very content with his lonely world, until a world event occurs that forces everyone else to stay home as well… does this sound familiar to you?” Dhir explains.

“He sees this as a mockery of himself and his choices, deciding instead to build a rocket to the moon to be left alone.” Unraveling over the course of four songs with raspy hooks and voltaic synths on the first two tracks, and soft, lonely melodies on the last two, Mr. Lonely, Dhir says, “finally realizes he was happier on a imperfect land with all its imperfect people.”

Elephant Stone was born out of a need for refuge for Dhir. After playing in bands such as The Datsons and The High Dials, he picked up the sitar and began writing about his personal experiences, leading to a carved niche in the modern psych-rock genre by infusing it with pop sensibilities.

As a highly regarded sitar player, Dhir has also collaborated with indie rock icons like Beck and legendary cult bands like The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Black Angels, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, The Dream Syndicate and many more. . Dhir’s journey with music, inside and outside of Elephant Stone, was about trying to find a place that suited him until he decided what he was doing was worth it. to be shared in the space he had created for himself. The best kind of music and the stories associated with those sounds often start with this internal digging. “I only write about what I know and think I understand. As long as there is Rishi, there will be Elephant Stone.”

Listen to the new single here:

Tour dates

March 16-20 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
May 20 – New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine*
May 21 – Troy, NY @ No Fun*
May 22 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Sultan Room*
May 24 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern*
May 25 – Cincinnati, OH @ Pub MOTR*
May 26 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen*
May 27 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin @ Cactus Club*
May 28 – Windsor, ON @ Meteor
May 29 – Toronto, ON @ Garrison
* with Zoon

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