Elephant Stone will release their new full length, ‘Ship Of Fools,’ on September 16th via their own label Elephants On Parade. The physical release will be out on November 25th via Burger Records. You can pre-order ‘Ship Of Fools’ via Pledge Music here. To coincide with the album announcement, the band has released the Pokemon Go-inspired lyric video for the first single lifted from the album, Manipulator. Watch it via YouTube below.
Evolution, change, artistic growth, exploration are word that are quickly becoming synonymous with Elephant Stone, the Montreal trio led by singer/bassist/songwriter/sitar player, Rishi Dhir. With ‘Ship of Fools’ (their fourth full-length LP), Dhir and his bandmates – Miles Dupire (drummer/backing vox) and Gabriel Lambert (guitar/backing vox) – have solidified Elephant Stone’s place among the greats as innovators who are unafraid of challenging themselves and their audience.
As album opener, Manipulator, attests, ‘Ship of Fools’ presents a new Elephant Stone emphasizing catchy grooves and vocal melodies that smack of both infectious pop and dance. But Dhir’s lyrics have lost none of their sophistication: his social commentary makes Manipulator music for the head and heart. “I’ve had this song kicking around for a few years… My earlier demos always sounded too rock… And just when I would give up on the song, my wife would always convince me to keep working on it… The recording software I use has some drums loops… playing around with it one day, I mixed a “motown” beat with a “house” beat and then it all made sense. Lyrically, this song is directed at all those who seek to manipulate and control for their own selfish interest.” – says Dhir.
The rest of ‘Ship of Fools’ follows suit. The creation of its eleven tracks, as Dhir says, allowed him to embrace his true identity as “pop songwriter” whose tunes are custom built for the dance floor. Add the talents of producer Marcus Paquin (Arcade Fire/The National) to the works, and the result is an album chock full of stylistically diverse cuts that could all stand on their own as hit singles.
‘Ship of Fools’ track listing:
Where I’m Going
Cast The First Stone
See The Light
Run, Sister, Run
Love Is Like A Spinning Wheel
The Devil’s Shelter
Silence Can Say So Much
07.23 Trois-Rivères, QC @ Ti-Petac
07.26 Québec, QC @ L’Anti
07.27 Gatineau, QC @ Minotaure
07.28 Montréal, QC @ Divan Orange
07.29 Montréal, QC @ Osheaga
For more information on Elephant Stone, visit elephantstone.ca.