It might be a painfully outdated compliment, but "groovy" is still the most apt description of Montreal psych pop band Elephant Stone's third album. But while it's tempting to compare their self-described "Hindie-rock" to George Harrison's trippy sitar explorations, this isn't a straight tribute by any means, and it borrows just as much from the 90s as it does from the 60s.
It's not surprising to find out that frontman Rishi Dhir revisited albums by the Stone Roses, Ride, Echo & the Bunnymen and Spacemen 3 before recording The Three Poisons, and those UK pop influences make it more polished and sleek than his previous outings. However, his vision of psych rock and dream pop features funkier rhythms and omits the bad-trip freak-outs and junkie despair that often accompany the more blissful moments of those genres. That makes for a more pleasant listening experience, but also sometimes lets the tunes fade into the background a little too easily.
Top track: Three Poisons
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