Watch Elephant Stone’s Animated Psych Rock Opera ‘Hollow’

[Cover photo credit to Bowen Stead]

Montreal-based modern Psych-Pop band Elephant Stone has unveiled an animated short film Hollow, as well as a deluxe version of their 2020 album of the same name via Elephants On Parade. The short film is directed by Laurine Jousserand and scored to an orchestral re-interpretation of side A of the album. According to the band, the film follows the story of “humanity’s search for a new home following an apocalyptic event that makes earth uninhabitable, it’s a tale of loss and grief, existential crisis and rebirth, and a world withering away”.

Rishi Dhir, who has helmed the band for the past thirteen years, explains:

I felt the narrative was strong and something that people could relate to. So, when COVID hit and derailed all of our (and everyone’s) plans, I used the opportunity to reimagine side A of the album as a soundtrack to a film that hadn’t (yet) existed. Asking around for potential animators/directors who would want to be a part of the project, I eventually connected with Montreal-based animator Laurine Jousserand. It was a thrill to see the evolution of Hollow (the film) over the pandemic; a true labor of love. Film scoring is definitely something I’d love to get into more down the line.

‘Hollow’ Poster, Credit: Laurine Jousserand

Dhir played in bands such as The Datsons and The High Dials, but picked up the sitar and began writing about personal experiences for Elephant Stone. As a sitar player, Dhir has also collaborated with Beck, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Black Angels, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, The Dream Syndicate, and many more.

‘Hollow (Deluxe Version)’ Cover Art, Credit: Marc Spicer and Rosey Trickett

Tour Dates
May 24           Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern*
May 25           Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub*
May 26           Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen*
May 27           Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club*
May 28           Windsor, ON @ Meteor*
May 29           Toronto, ON @ Garrison
* w/ Zoon

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