Posted on April 30 2020
Photo credit: Bowen Stead
New Elephant Stone single out today
Written from lockdown in Rishi’s Sacred Sounds studio in the basement of his Montreal home, Elephant Stone are today sharing a new single titled ‘American Dream’, a poignant reflection of our times written the perspective of the many of Rishi’s friends who have moved to the US in pursuit of that good old-fashioned American Dream only to be met with anything but. Out now on Bandcamp only, with all proceeds going to a Covid-19 relief fund, you can stream the single below.
Rishi says of the song: “George Carlin once said: ‘That's why it's called the American Dream, you have to be asleep to believe it.’ Growing up in Canada, it was hard to not feel like an ‘also ran’ when you're constantly sold the glitz and glamour of America. Over the years, many of my Canadian friends have moved south of the border in search of the American dream, only to find that it really was just a dream. And now, with the dangerous path America is on, I wonder if my same friends are questioning their move and longing for home.”
The new single will benefit PLUS1's COVID-19 Relief Fund which directly supports touring crews and others in the live music industry who have lost work or have gotten sick during the COVID-19 crisis. Additionally the Fund supports those whose physical health, mental health, safety and wellbeing are most at risk to the impacts of the pandemic at home and globally.
PLUS1 is a leading non-profit organization that mobilizes cultural leaders and their fans to bring visibility, awareness and funding for social and environmental justice. To date, they’ve worked with over 150 artists and festivals, including Arcade Fire, Beck, Cage The Elephant, Macklemore, One Republic, St. Vincent, Chrvches, Flume, Zedd, Lykke Li, and The National, unlocked $9Million for 250 spectacularly effective organizations, and catalyzed millions of fans to take action - registering to vote, volunteering locally, advocating for change with local representatives, and directly funding highly effective and worthy organizations.
Earlier this year, Elephant Stone released their sixth full-length ‘Hollow’, you can buy the album on vinyl here.