Storeys Unknown – Sonali Vij


Born in Delhi, and bred in New Jersey, Sonali Vij’s talent for musical instrumentation arose when she commenced playing the guitar at age 7 and has, since, written over a thousand songs. Some of them get showcased on this EP, the cleverly titled ‘Storeys Unknown’, which reminds me about the flat treatment mete out to apartment owners by builders once the building goes for redevelopment. Nevertheless, humour aside, Sonali’s alternative rock foundations remain intact on the six tracks of ‘Storeys Unknown’, with her vocals matching the compositions, and the one aspect of the EP that becomes increasingly perceptible with each listen is how romantic it feels, albeit in a somewhat unsettling manner. While the lyrics are personal and yet, paradoxically, universal, they are also straightforward and, simultaneously, a synthesis of accessible songs and abstract sounds, right from the comparatively loud “Rebel”, the acoustic ballad of “Looking Glass”, the musical consciousness of “Hypnosis”, the addiction cultivating “Lady Of Gardens”, the haunting sounds and alternating beat contained within “Welcome To My World”, to the off-balance production of “Crown Of Thorns”. Sonali is definitely a composer to reckon with, with her well-constructed Storeys ranging from daytime to bedtime!

Listen and Download the songs here:

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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