BY MICHAEL TOLAND
If you’re looking for a Paisley Underground revival, look no further than Elephant Stone. While the Montreal trio doesn’t sound exactly like Rain Parade, the Three O’Clock or the Dream Syndicate, it shares a certain vision, one that shows clear love for the past but lives in the present. Guitar-based but not tyrannical about it, prominently featuring leader Rishi Dhir’s sitar but minus the usual Hindi-psych clichés, the Stone creates a slick but organic noise on third album The Three Poisons.
Like its’ 80s predecessors, the band takes ‘60s acid rock and pop as a starting point but not the end in itself. Thus the band can essay overtly-‘60s sounding cuts like “Echo & the Machine” and “All is Burning,” which sounds like an unusually focused Brian Jonestown Massacre, but then add dance grooves to “Child of Nature (Om Mamah Shivaya)” and “Knock You From Yr Mountain” to give the melodic psych poppers a contemporary touch. Less stylized songs like “Three Poisons,” “Living For Something” and “Motherless Child (Love’s Not For War)” eschew period trappings of any kind for timeless psych rock. Songwriting smarts and a strong hold on a distinctive sound makes The Three Poisons splendidly satisfying.
DOWNLOAD: “Knock You From Yr Mountain,” “Motherless Child (Love’s Not For War),” “Child of Nature (Om Namah Shivaya)”