This Montreal trio taps in the Tame Impala fan base with their catchy indie pop songs that have some psychedelia elements, but also some great soul pop features that probably makes them accessible for Arctic Monkeys fans.

Their 4th album in their seven-year career starts with Manipulator, an upbeat song which is the perfect example of the blend I was referring to earlier. Cast the First Stone is even poppier. Rishi Dhir ‘s soft vocals are met halfway by Jean-Gabriel Lambert ‘s great soul voice, bringing an unexpected twist. Where I’m Going brings back the sounds of the 80s, a bit like Chromeo likes to do.

 

Photograph is a nice brit-pop song that could have been written by Damon Albarn or Noel Gallagher. It might miss a little bit of the originality or character these two songwriters and singers have, but it is still enjoyable. Miles Dupire-Gagnon, on drums and back vocals completes the trio. Dhir was once part of another Montreal band, The High Dials, previously known as The Datsons.

Again, Elephant Stone has a great sense of pop, irreproachable production (See The Light), and candy-sweet soft vocals. This should please the fans of the pop angle Tame Impala took on “Currents” in 2015, but don’t expect to be stunned by “Ship of Fools”. It’s enjoyable, nothing more.

elephant stone ship of fools

ELEPHANT STONE
Ship of Fools
(Elephants On Parade Records, 2016)

-Genre: indie pop
-In the same style as popper Tame Impala, Arctic Monkeys, Oasis

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Nicolas Pelletier

Mélomane invétéré et rédacteur agréé, Nicolas pratique la critique en mode olympique: il parle de tout, tout le temps, depuis 1991. Il a publié 6 000 critiques de disques et concerts dont 1100 chez emoragei magazine et 600 sur enMusique.ca, dont il a également été le rédacteur-en-chef de 2009 à 2014. Il publie “Les perles rares et grands crus de la musique” en 2013, et devient stratège numérique des radios de Bell Média en 2015, participant au lancement de la marque iHeartRadio au Canada en 2016.