Elephant Stone, “Three Poisons”

David Miller

Canadian Hindie-rockers (…get it?) Elephant Stone are back with a new album, The Three Poisons, which Hidden Pony will release August 26. The first taste comes by way of the hypnotic, sort-of-titular single “Three Poisons”. Singer/virtuosic sitarist Rishi Dhir’s pied-piping bass plays an irresistible follow the leader, with the drums trailing just behind in military march and step as the band settles into a deep, psyched-out groove that they could probably just as well keep going for another three hours if they wanted. The song is like a spirituo-sonic bath that you won’t want to leave until you either look into the face of God with absolute certainty, or your fingers prune…whichever comes first.

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They’re seeking nothing less than transcendence here, and they don’t fall too far from the mark. The three-minute track from the forthcoming The Three Poisons invokes something Hindu-heavy––the Trimurti? the Guna?––but you’ll have to wait till August 26 to hear what the entire album has in store. Om shanti om.

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