Elephant Stone

by Elephant Stone

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Elephant Stone’s self titled LP is the full-length followup to their 2009 Polaris Prize nominated debut “The Seven Seas” and features 10 new tracks.

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released February 5, 2013

Produced by Elephant Stone and Jace Lasek

Recorded and mixed by Jace Lasek at Breakglass Studios (Montreal) March 2012

Mastered by Dave McNair (NYC) May 2012

String arrangements on “The Sacred Sound“ by Richard White

Album artwork and design by Cloudesign/Austin Psych Fest

All songs by Rishi Dhir © 2012 except “Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin” and “The Sea of Your Mind” © 2011 (SOCAN/ASCAP)

Performed by:

Pt. Vinay Bhide: vocals | Rishi Dhir: vocals, bass, sitar, dilruba | Unnur Fjola Evans: cello | Bobby Fraser: keys | Monica Günter: viola and violins | Gabriel Lambert: geetars, backing vocals | Jace Lasek: backing vocals | Kirsty MacEachern: backing vocals | Shawn Mativetsky: tabla | Jules Pampena: drums, percussion, backing vocals

Shawn appears courtesy of ombu productions.

Kirsty appears courtesy of Meera and Ishaan.

Special thanks to Parkside, Faythe, Tracy, Oko and everybody at Upper Management/Hidden Pony Records, Frank Riley and High Road Touring, Richard Grabel, The Black Angels and crew, Ken Beattie, The Reverberation Appreciation Society & Austin Psych Fest, Jace Lasek, Anton, Rob, Frankie and everybody in BJM, Matt “Bez” Sawyer and Vikki Collier, Shain Shapiro, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Teenage Fanclub, The Horrors, Suuns, Kirsty, Meera, Ishaan, Asha, Ashok and Anurag Dhir, Matt Lederman, Envision Management, Vector Management, FACTOR, SOCAN, SODEC, CALQ, Chiraag Bhakta, M for Montreal, POP Montreal, Iceland Airwaves, Edmund and Richmond Lam, Si Hawkins, Yvette Ray, Tyler Rahman, Nadine Gelineau, Matt Smallwood, Ajay Gosain, Miles Dupire, Liam O’Neill, Greg Paquet, Richard White, Robbie MacArthur.

Om Shanti Om.

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We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Music Fund for this project.

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Montreal’s Elephant Stone was formed in 2009 by sitarist/bassist Rishi Dhir. As one of the most highly sought out sitar players in the international psych scene, he has recorded, performed and toured with Beck, the Black Angels, Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Horrors, and many more. ... more

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Track Name: Setting Sun
I’m looking for the one that’s with me
The one that burns an eternal light
A distant sun that’s deep within me
A force too strong to ever fight

A setting sun is not an ending
A setting sun can be our light to get us right

I’ve taken all that’s handed to me
So much detail, so little insight
A calling card for the end of our century
A new rebirth to give new life

A setting sun is not an ending
A setting sun can be our light to get us right

I know it’s hard to know
When it’s time to go
Feel it coming near
Hear your heart beat clear

A light will guide our way
To the life we’ve paid
All we’ve done today
Will carry us away
Track Name: Heavy Moon
Is what you say all true
The one you never knew
Has come to take its share of what its given you
A love of greed, a hate for truth

Wise man you won’t be
Too full of your own decree
Is it the way that life has just passed you by
Taken too much to see why

I know you feel like going out for the one thing that you never knew
So many others have been here looking for something or even a clue
Is it you, heavy moon

Under a heavy moon
Another left too soon
Nothing to help us fill what’s been left behind
A man came down to a troubled mind

To save a lonely soul
Is not just anyone’s goal
To look for good in all of thy hallowed eyes
Look for love in love’s lie

I know you feel like going out for the one thing that you never knew
So many others have been here looking for something or even a clue
Is it you, heavy moon

Under your heavy moon
Feel it coming through
Clouds have filled all the blue skies grey
Feel the light break day

I know you feel like going out for the one thing that you never knew
So many others have been here looking for something or even a clue
Is it you, heavy moon
Track Name: Masters Of War
Take the heart of a fallen of man and a child and saint and a burning land
Know the smell of fear and the fear that you bring
You have come from far off lands to lay to claims to lives that you can’t understand
To come and take all, but never to leave

Must we wait for a brighter day when all our sins are washed away
Must we wait for the fallen ones to be

You with all of your diplomats and your guns and checks and forgotten debts
You cannot be loved or ever feel peace
I know I can’t feel his pain but I still can see what your money brings
You build to destroy with your all new toys

Must we wait for a brighter day when all our sins are washed away
Must we wait for the fallen ones to be

Can’t you see what this could mean
That a time will come for thee
A fist cannot keep what it can’t feel
For I know you’ve had your fill

Must we wait for a brighter day when all our sins are washed away
Must we wait for the fallen ones to be
Track Name: Hold Onto Yr Soul
I did not know how to follow my soul
Baby hold on tight
Baby hold on tight

I can’t believe all that I did not know
Baby hold on tight
Baby hold on tight

Another man could make you happy
But that would only leave you empty, my dear

Another life would be so easy
But that would only be to hurt me

I did not know how to follow my soul
Baby hold on tight
Baby hold on tight

I’ve been trying hard against unbelievable odds
But then it’s got so hard to even try to hold on

All I can do is fall into your arms
Baby hold on tight
Baby hold on tight

Another man could make you happy
But that would only leave you empty, my dear

Another life would be so easy
But that would only be to hurt me
My dear, can we face the tears That have stained the years
Track Name: A Silent Moment
I can see what it is you gave me
In my silent moment

I can hear all that you have sent me
In my silent moment

To be one within you
To be not without you
To be as I once was

I can feel the love that I was missing
In my silent moment

I can be all that I was wishing
In my silent moment

To be one within you
To be not without you
To be as I once was
Track Name: Looking Thru Baby Blue
If I could see where all this would lead
Who would I be and what would it mean

Would I stay true and follow with you
Would I be cruel and give nothing new

Lord can you see the child that is within me
Looking thru baby blue

Teach me something
The will to hold to nothing

Keeping me free
I’m wanting and needing to be me

I could not keep all life’s doubts at bay
Looking for now, but in yesterday

Wanting to be the man that I see
But staying the child that is within in me

Lord can you see the child that is within me
Looking thru baby blue

Teach me something
The will to hold to nothing

Keeping me free
I’m wanting and needing to be me
Track Name: Love The Sinner, Hate The Sin
All the things you thought that you’d never be
Not a sinner, not an enemy
All the love that you had kept in your heart
Was just a love that you had torn apart

Is this what you want
Can this be what you need
You’ve lived your life so long
You’ve lived your life in fear

You sing in tune but you’re so out of touch
Tell me, what is that you love so much
Was it the way you shared with all of your soul
Or the freedom of the love you stole

Is this what you want
Can this be what you need
You’ve lived your life so long
You’ve lived your life in fear

I can hear your words as they pass me by
I can hear your songs as they’re sung in time
“To love’s to forgive
Love the sinner, hate the sin”
I can hear these words and make them mine

Is this what you want
Can this be what you need
You’ve lived your life so long
You’ve lived your life in fear
Track Name: The Sea Of Your Mind
I know the light of your eyes
Part the clouds of my heart

I hear the cry of our love
Break a piece of our heart

What was it that we had said
That had the rivers flowing red

My dear what can we say now
What was it that we said

You are not alone
You’re not on your own

So many ships to set sail
In the sea of my mind

I know you should’ve known nothing
Of what’s in my mind

My tears don’t see the future
They just speak of the past

One million ways to move on
And one to move back

You are not alone
You’re not on your own
Track Name: The Sacred Sound
I can see the light that has lightened our life
And given cause for all of our selfish flaws

Can I be the one who that I seek
So pure of heart and love for everyone

I hope you can see all the things that I see
And hear what I can hear
I hope this sound can help to bring us all near

A million miles our souls have traveled the isles
Searching for one sounding the sacred sound

To hear it near can make a soul appear
And help us hope when times are too hard to cope

I hope you can see all the things that I see
And hear what I can hear
I hope this sound can help to bring us all near