Donnerstag, 2. Mai 2013

Elephant Stone - Elephant Stone

















Benennt sich eine Band nach "Elephant Stone", der dritten Single der Stone Roses, und veröffentlicht mit "Setting Sun" eine Single, die den gleichen Titel trägt wie die erste Zusammenarbeit zwischen Noel Gallagher und den Chemical Brothers, dann hat sie meine Aufmerksamkeit bereits geweckt.

Elephant Stone wurde 2008 von Rishi Dhir (Gesang, Bass, Sitar) ins Leben gerufen, nachdem er seine vorherige Band The High Dials verlassen hatte. Gabriel Lambert (Gitarre, Gesang), Stephen Venkatarangam (Keyboards, Gesang) und Miles Dupire (Schlagzeug) komplettieren das Quartett aus Montreal, das 2009 seine Debütalbum "The Seven Seas" veröffentlichte.

Mittlerweile gibt es den selbstbetitelten Nachfolger, der sich musikalisch am Psychedelic-Pop der 60er Jahren, insbesondere an The Kinks, The Beatles und The Byrds, orientiert und - vor allem in der zweiten Hälfte der Platte - zunehmend indische Elemente und Instrumente einbaut: So bestimmen die Klänge von Sitar und Tabla Songs wie "Sally Go Round The Sun" oder das fulminante, über 8-minütige "The Sea Of Your Mind" und prägt der Gesang des Gastes Vinay Bhide den Titel "A Silent Moment". 
Es entsteht ein stimmiges Ganzes, dass Rishi Dhir selbst als "Hindie Rock" bezeichnet. Aber keine Angst, an Kula Shaker muss man beim Hören von "Elephant Stone" nicht denken! Statt dessen fallen einem Bands ein, die sich aus den gleichen Quellen speisen, wie etwa Oasis ("Setting Sun"), Ride ("A Silent Moment") und R.E.M. ("Love The Sinner, Hate The Sin", "Master Of War").  

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Whether by design or not, it’s appropriate that Dhir’s second album is the self-titled one; at the very least, it provides a much clearer answer to the essential question of what he’s out to accomplish with Elephant Stone than it’s predecessor did. Dhir’s sitar is even more of a constant, but it’s used primarily to richen his psych rock arrangements’ tones than to simply replace guitar leads. Opener “Setting Sun” recalls “Don’t Fear the Reaper” with breezed-out underlying reverb – and hey look, lyrics about new beginnings too (“A setting sun is not an ending”, “rebirth to give new life”).

With the exception of the penultimate track “The Sea of Your Mind”, a nine-minute sitar-and-percussion attack and incidentally one of the album’s most impressive, the 10 tracks of Elephant Stone are concise, pop song-length statements that more clearly reflect Dhir’s vision – one he’s learning how to bring to life.
(Consequence Of Sound)


The record as a whole has a distinct direction, but there are two divisible sections: pre- and post-sitar. Elephant Stone opens with “Setting Sun” and, the album’s first single, “Heavy Moon,” a pair of songs that while still spiritually inspired, definitely adopt a more rock quality. Guitarist Gabriel Lambert embraces this thoroughly on “Setting Sun,” ripping out some killer riffs that wouldn’t be out of place on an early Oasis album.

“A Silent Moment” is the track that shakes things up a bit. Arriving five songs into the album, this is the first that has a distinct hindi-pop feel. There is something incredibly cinematic about this song, with the rich and cascading sitar and guitar lines hovering above the guttural chants of guest artist Vinay Bhide, causing a simultaneously stimulating and relaxing moment. This five-minute nugget of a song is what Elephant Stone is all about—finding the beauty in a perfectly psychedelic mix of traditional Indian music and ’60s-inspired pop-rock.
The second half of the album gives a bit more free rein to the sitar with tracks “Sally Go Round The Sun” and “The Sea Of Your Mind” both offering up extended instrumentals in which singer and sitar player Rishi Dhir is able to showcase his chops. The four-minute trippy jam session at the end of “The Sea Of Your Mind” can get a little overwhelming, but in true ’60s fashion, if you just zone out and let your mind wander, you will get through it relatively unscathed.
Album closer “The Sacred Sound” provides a wonderful relief after “The Sea Of Your Mind,” though it is probably the track that is the least cohesive with the rest of the album. There are some very Sondre Lerche-reminiscent strings going on that, while beautiful, head in a different direction—more orchestral and less acid house. But Dhir’s muted, watery vocals guide the song back on track.
Dhir told CMJ last year that he didn’t want the sound to be “one-dimensional,” and if that was the ultimate goal, he met it. Elephant Stone is a thoughtful and concise album that showcases not only precise musicianship from all members of the band but a distinct growth in songwriting.
(CMJ)



4 Kommentare:

Ingo hat gesagt…

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Dirk hat gesagt…

Nicht "Elephant Stone" von den Stone Roses, aber immerhin "Elephant Stone" von Elephant Stone.

7 Punkte

Jörg hat gesagt…

"Retro, Retro", hätte eine frühere Freundin dazu gesagt. Egal, trotzdem nett.
7 Punkte

Volker hat gesagt…

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