Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Elephant Stone: "Three Poisons" (album review)

Montreal's Elephant Stone are keeping the blend of mystical Indian sounds and rock n' roll alive with their forthcoming album Three Poisons (out August 25th).

The sitar plays a heavy role in the best songs on the record.  They weave their way through the title track.  On "Motherless Child (Love's Not for War)", they are rampant, but distractingly out of sync with the drums.  The sitar gets trippy on "Intermediate State", an instrumental that basically serves as an introduction for "Child of Nature (Om Namah Shivaya)".

The psychedelic influences take over on "Echo & the Machine".  Alongside "Between the Lines" it's vast, with tendrils that creep out into space.  It comes to its apex on the serpentine smoldering "All Is Burning".  They add some Inspiral Carpets type Brit pop to the equation (and mixed results) on "Wayward Son".

Some tracks just seem to simply exist.  "Knock You From Yr Mountain" and "Living for Something" are both songs that really don't go anywhere or inspire you to do anything other than hit the skip button.

In all Three Poisons is a record that plays well in the background at a dinner party.  It will enhance the mood without dominating, and it could lead to some interesting discussions.

Best tracks: "All Is Burning", "Three Poisons"

Track listing for Three Poisons:
  • Motherless Child (Love's Not For War)
  • Knock You From Yr Mountain
  • All Is Burning
  • Worlds Don't Begin and End With You
  • Wayward Son
  • Intermediate State
  • Child of Nature (Om Namah Shivaya)
  • Living for Something
  • Three Poisons
  • Echo & the Machine
  • Between the Lines

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