Canadian four-piece Elephant Stone are experts at infusing raga textures into their one-of-a-kind brand of psych-pop-rock. This influence is particularly apparent on Land of Dead, the fourth track from the band's 2020 album, Hollow.
The track's main riff - originally recorded using a sitar - is constructed in the Phrygian mode and uses a drone throughout, explaining its distinctly Indian feel. Don't worry, you needn't own a sitar for this one, as guitarist and frontman Rishi Dhir joins us to teach you how to play it on guitar.
Sick Riffs is a Guitar World video series designed to help guitarists affected by the coronavirus. Self-isolating players around the world have each filmed a lesson where they teach you one of their own guitar riffs, up close and personal. If you dig the lesson, we encourage you to buy music and merch from the artist or stream their music.