Rishi Dhir is the very epitome of an auteur. As the guiding light behind Elephant Stone since they formed in 2009, Dhir’s singular musical vision has been just as influential on the band’s sound as his record collection has.
Their last three singles, of which “Andromeda” is the latest, have finally put to rest Elephant Stone’s “Hindi Rock” descriptor, a tag that succinctly encapsulated their sound at the start, but ended up hanging around their necks like an albatross. “Andromeda” sets Elephant Stone in a whole new musical orbit, a galaxy of their own making, where sound waves from the distant stars of prime 90s Brit records are still audible, but filtered through Dhir’s own perspective. It’s not a huge shift in sound and style, but “andromeda” sounds as if Elephant Stone has adjusted the focusing ring ever so slightly, and found a new level of clarity.
“Andromeda” is from Elephant Stone’s forthcoming fourth album, Ship of Fools. They play Sneaky Dee’s in Toronto on March 10, and La Sala Rossa in Montreal on April 14, with a string of U.S. dates in between.
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