Elephant Stone released their latest album Hollow on Valentine's Day, and the dreamy "We Cry for Harmonia" is offered by the band as their most recent single. Rishi Dhir's soft, almost floating vocal performance carries the listener through a journey of loss, confusion, and fear. As the band describes the story -
From Side A (The Beginning) though to Side B (The Ending), the story told through Elephant Stone’s renowned garage-psych alchemy on Hollow, takes place immediately after mankind’s catastrophic destruction of the Earth; and 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 "Harmonia" ship built for the journey, it’s clear that all is not what it seems and humanity appears destined to make the same mistakes: the 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.
Despite the unease that the characters express in the lyrics, Elephant Stone's breezy indie-pop coupled with bright, colorful animations in the official video, it is easy to fall into a trance-like state and let your imagination drift. Dhir offers comfort and a sense of togetherness even in dire times. Will the "Harmonia" crew win their battle? Listen to Hollow to find out....
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