Jump into a time warp. And set the controls for the heart of the sun. Elephant Stone’s latest, the Montreal quartet’s third opus to date, brings to mind the keyboard-driven prog of now obscure outfits like Quatermass, Van Der Graf Generator, and other adventurous Brit bands circa the late ‘60s, those whose penchant for heavy slabs of Hammond organ, Eastern indulgence, freeform psychedelia and eerie atmospherics set a decidedly celestial tone. Cosmic concoctions of this sort are all too rare these days, so it’s rather refreshing to hear this sound revisited, particularly with the added investment in melody that Elephant Stone tends to allow.
Even so, the lysergic suggestion borne by “A Silent Moment,” “Sally Go Round the Sun” and “The Sea of Your Mind” gives pause for reflection, meditation and wide-eyed wonderment. Those who prefer more terrestrial terrain might be best off opting for “Setting Sun” and “Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin,” which find the band in more rousing and robust mode. All those interested would be best advised to dust off the strobe lights, light some incense and whatever else desired, and proceed to inhale. Just not too deep.
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