Montreal psych-pop group Elephant Stone have shared ‘The Court and Jury’, the latest cut to be taken from their forthcoming ‘Hollow’ LP – due for release February 14th 2020 via Fuzz Club Records. The release of which will be celebrated with a show at London’s Moth Club on the day, as part of a wider EU tour in support of the new record which arrives following their 2016’s Burger Record released LP ‘Ship of Fools’ and a number of side-projects from band-leader and sitarist Rishi Dhir (including MIEN, with members of The Horrors and The Black Angels.) You can check out short and sweet Sitar-infused cut, as well as the accompanying video, below.

A post-apocalyptic yet uncomfortably apt concept album, the story told through Elephant Stone’s garage-psych alchemy on ‘Hollow’ takes place immediately after mankind’s catastrophic destruction of the Earth and follows what happens when the same elite responsible for the first world-destroying climate disaster touch down on New Earth, a recently-discover planet sold with the same life of prosperity as the one they’d just destroyed. As soon as the chosen few step off the ship built for the journey, it’s clear that all is not what it seems and humanity appears destined to make the same mistakes. Rishi says the album’s storyline: “touches upon the plundering/poisoning of their home, the elite, demagogues, false idols, the truth as seen by children, and, ultimately, the fight for the survival of their species.”

Where track one (‘Hollow World’) marked the moment where this catastrophic event takes place and the Earth descends into crisis-mode, and the second track (‘Darker Time, Darker Space’) the discovery of New Earth and the building of the ship that will transport those lucky enough, ‘The Court and Jury’ depicts the rigged court process in which those chosen few are decided. ‘A court and jury decide who is allowed to leave. It was believed that everyone had a chance and that it would be a lottery. In the end, the wealthy and powerful are allowed to leave. Everyone else is left to die on Earth.’

On the surreal animated video for ‘The Court and Jury’, director Rachel Blumberg says: “I imagined our future dystopia, humans as clones of each other, all freedoms a memory of the past, in a landscape of fury and fire. The main character has a glimpse of perspective, which fades in greeds grasp. A court decides the fate of those left on earth, who will stay and who will go. In the end, it is the wealthy and powerful that are allowed to leave this damaged planet. Those left are angry and point fingers, they have already become ghosts. A spaceship takes the wealthy and powerful to their new planet.”

In support of the new album, Elephant Stone will tour the UK and Europe in Winter 2020. You can find the tour-dates below.

UK/EUROPE TOUR-DATES

Jan 29 – Nijmegen, NL @ Merleyn

Jan 30 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso

Jan 31 – Leipzig, DE @ UT Connewitz

Feb 01 – Berlin, DE @ Urban Spree

Feb 02 – TBC DE @ TBC

Feb 03 – Basel, CH @ Kaserne

Feb 05 – Bordeaux, FR @ L’Astrodome

Feb 06 – Zaragoza, ES @ Las Armas

Feb 07 – Madrid, ES @ Wurlitzer Ballroom

Feb 08 – Barcelona, ES @ Sala Upload/Barcelona Psychfest

Feb 10 – Leuven, BE @ Het Depot

Feb 11 – Nottingham, UK @ The Chameleon

Feb 12 – Glasgow, UK @ Nice & Sleazy

Feb 13 – Manchester, UK @ The Castle Hotel

Feb 14th – London, UK @ Moth Club

Feb 15th – Paris, FR @ Espace B