Kabootar by Euphoria


New Delhi-based Euphoria was formed in 1988 by then medical student Dr. Palash Sen with his like-minded, musically-inclined friends. Shifting through several lineups since, success remained elusive until 10 years later when their debut studio album, titled ‘Dhoom’, released in the October 1998, contained the massive hit, “Dhoom Pichuk Dhoom”, thanks to its popular music video.

It is almost 30 years now since the band’s inception and Euphoria still survive. Much credit for that is because they are not caught in any time warp, but have reinvented themselves with changing times, moving away from the pure pop of the past by presenting progressive punk rock for the future as can now be witnessed with “Kabootar” which is, says the media release, “Euphoria’s tribute to millions who suffer from syndromes of the mind, and [from] mental illnesses”.

Given the chaos surrounding the endless genres of music currently available on the internet, Euphoria shakes off cluttered distractions and return to setting precedents by a fresh maturity in their songwriting on “Kabootar” – thanks to the composition by vocalist Palash Sen and bassist Debajyoti “DJ” Bhaduri – with their obvious rock influences; a marked departure from most of their work from the past, including last year’s “Halla Bol”. “Kabootar” retains a sense of righteous indignation reminiscent of early The Who [for those who listen to Classic Rock from the West] with harder stabs at social significance, but “Kabootar” also shifts the focus back on how the band really can craft dynamic rock songs, showing Euphoria having retained a flair for the dramatic, especially with its manic guitar courtesy of member Amborish “Ambo” Saikia.

With “Kabootar”, it is obvious that Euphoria is a more experimentation mode rather than treading merely into the comfort zone of combining Indian instrumentation with safe Western sounds. Of course, speedy, catchy punk rock is, at the moment, the forefront of the group’s sound and, with it, Euphoria proves that their sound on “Kabootar” is paradoxically no longer pigeon-holed!

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Stream & Download ‘Kabootar’ exclusively on Artist Aloud – Talent First App.

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