Posts Tagged ‘ Indie Music ’

Gondhal – Bandish Projekt featuring McMawali

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Obviously timed with the [now past] Ganpati festivities, “Gondhal” – the song’s name – speaks of an established Maharastrian religious rite involving singing and dramatic performance, a description that also lends itself to the sounds of Bandish Projekt on this track, with the core member of the band consisting of Mayur Narvekar as composer, producer, DJ, performer, and multi-instrumentalist. “Gondhal” features high speed vocals by Mayur and Aklesh Sutar, with Viveick Rajagopalan and Dharmesh Chauhan supporting the rhythm section. For those not accustomed to fast tempo, on-the-floor rhythmic beats, synth sounds and, in this instance, accompanied by Indian instrumentation, “Gondhal” is not for those with soft heartbeats but, if you are into electronica/house music, this track is probably for you!

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/BandishProjektFeatMcMawali

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Where Did We Go Wrong? – Babu Choudhary featuring Vijay Prakash

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While tracing the Indian history of rock ‘n’ roll, one name that is a certainty is Babu Choudhary, who started playing guitar in 1978 with ‘People’, a Mumbai-based rock band that featured musicians such as Ronnie Desai, Ranjit Barot, and Hosi Nanji, which became very popular in the college circuit then. For some intriguing reason, Babu stopped playing guitar for ten years thereafter but, fortunately for music listeners, he got back into playing in 2007 and has recently produced his first ever album, ‘Somewhere Out There’. “Where Did We Go Wrong?” is the appetiser with Babu’s innovative guitar style making it mandatory primer for younger guitarists, with its soothing chord progressions and usage of harmonic scales, supported by vocalist Vijay Prakash’s alaaps. “Where Did We Go Wrong?” is a haunting melody that goes to show how much Babu was missed during his self-imposed hibernation and, hopefully, there is no more slumbering before his next album. Welcome back, Babu!

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/BabuChoudhary

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Feathers From The West – Chaitanya Kolluri

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Sensitively woven tranquil textures of sound wash through the mind of the listener on “Feathers From The West” that arrives from self-taught keyboardist/pianist/programmer Chaitanya Kolluri who admits to having started off his career as a lobby pianist. The instrumental, backed by changing tempos, includes multi-layered sounds of synthesisers, piano, and guitar, among other “instruments”. However, the best aspect of this track is the passage that only contains bass with percussion, creating atmospheres of light, airy and, paradoxically, lyrical. The gentle melody is supported by soundscapes that are dynamic and bold and will surely appeal to fans of the synth sounds from the Seventies.

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/chaitanyakolluri

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Everything – Dorjee

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From playing bass in heavy metal bands in England to taking a tangent towards the indie music scene over there, Dorjee has returned to Indian shores to showcase his talent on an EP known as ‘Glassful Of Smoke’, from which arrives this song under review, “Everything”.  It is a delicately textured acoustic ditty that could have easily arrived from the ’60s and, at the same time, it is ambitious, bold, and quietly reassuring. It is personal yet soothing and, at other times, it just plain fun as the track features the “greyness of decisions”. Having played his last gig in Goa during June 2015, Dorjee would surely be an artiste of the future if his live performances match the standard of craftsmanship on “Everything”.

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/dorjee

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Aamchi Mumbai – Folk Masti

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From Mumbai arrives a trio of musicians – Vipul Panchal [vocals, guitar, lyrics], Sachin Guldagde [keyboards], and Roshan Aade [percussion] – who go by the name of Folk Masti. The name of the band goes well with their sound that wonderfully wavers its beat and, with it, effectively broadens and quickly enlivens the song by abandoning the conventions of genre-rivalling ballads for a richly textured pop sound. While the lyrics speak about respecting hometown Mumbai and adapting to its [quick?] pace of life, special mention is required for the lively keyboard accompaniment that arrives and disappears to near perfection. “Aamchi Mumbai” is sprightly and appealing, much like the city itself!

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/folkmasti

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Rocket – Mauj Maharaja [featuring Rhys Sebastian D’Souza]

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This quartet from Mumbai, Mauj Maharaja, consists of Tanmay Bhattacharjee [guitar/vocals], Aalok Padhye [keyboards/vocals], Stuart DaCosta [bass/vocals], and Jehangir Jehangir – yes, the name is repeated as the surname too or vice-versa – on drums.

They introduce a very vintage sounding, and a pleasantly chugging track in “Rocket” which, to me, appears to be intriguingly influenced by the Johnny Otis composition, “Willie And The Hand Jive”. Partners in the musical crime are an extremely extensive horn section consisting of Armeet Panesar [trombone], Kishore Sodha [trumpet], and the now omnipresent alto saxophonist Rhys Sebastian D’Souza, which arrive during a musical interlude that permits some Bobby McFerrin-type scatting too, just prior to the somewhat abrupt ending to the song. Mauj Maharaja’s gift for capturing a perfect blend of early rock and roll twang and making it sound perfect for today is probably their biggest

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/maujmaharaja

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

 

Soyi Soyi – Nikita H Chandiramani

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Any debut album for a singer is always filled with expectation – especially for the musician than anyone else. I do not know if there are any other songs that have been released prior to this, but “Soyi Soyi” is rocked-out collaboration with music composer Santosh Nair and lyricist Alok Ranjanjha. It contains classic sounds from the ‘80s rock era with the vocals of Nikita Chandiramani heralding the sounds of Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Alannah Myles, and ilk. Loud, tight guitars, a killer chorus, with Nikita’s husky voice appearing upfront. It is a bracing call to arms that lets the listener know right away that Nikita knows how to rock, not just a little, but a lot. Indeed, “Soyi Soyi” conjures up the days of the simple good-time rocker with angry blasts of punk energy that sound truly inspired and tough, containing all the hooks and style of a bygone era.

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/kirannikitahchandiramani

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Ek Pal [Duniya Ko Sapna Kahta Hai Yeh] – Atif Afzal [from the soundtrack of “Prague”]

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While current sounds emanating from Bollywood appear to have an acoustic feel that supports the growing indie scene within the country, Atif Afzal – as the composer of “Ek Pal [Duniya Ko Sapna Kahta Hai Yeh]” with lyrics provided by Varun Grover – seems to have taken a tangent. Going for the jugular with an infectious romp through his obvious influence of ‘70s hard rock [think guitar riffs here], ranging from three-chord, mid-tempo loud punk to peppier new wave guitar rock. The production may appear weak in spots, but Atif’s exuberance and tough-guy attitude overcomes most deficiencies. Infectious chorus, crunchy melody, and Atif’s growling vocals make this song just the precise excuse to crank up the volume just a wee bit more.

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/prague

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Imagination – Srimallya Maitra

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The sound of piano, followed by violin, give way to orchestral sounds created by keyboards, resulting as the base of musical repetitiveness that arrives from Kolkata-based Srimallya Maitra. Ambient music’s original vision as an unobtrusive musical wallpaper, later fused with warm house rhythms and given playful qualities by various artistes in the ’90s, found an opposite in a style known as ‘Dark Ambient’. Populated by a wide assortment of artistes through the years, dark ambient features toned-down or entirely missing beats with unsettling passages of keyboards, eerie sounds, and treated instrumental effects, which is often the feel that “Imagination” provides. Like most styles related in some way to electronic music of the ’90s, ambient music – dark or otherwise – remains a very nebulous term; many artistes enter or leave the style with each successive release, and it would be interesting to listen to where Srimallya’s next effort goes.

 

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/SrimallyaMaitra

– Review by PARAG KAMANI

Mera Yaar Tu – Pranit Gedham featuring Kailash Kher

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With vocals from the highly respected Kailash Kher, Pranit Gedham ensures that “Mera Yaar Tu” becomes a powerhouse of a song that is both haunting and appealing with an upbeat rhythm and Sufi vocals.  The ethno-uptempo fusion does provide a different perspective on how musicians have drawn on multiple-genre sources to create new sounds. On this outing, the artistes craft an appealing world beat partly due to Kailash’s nimble vocals and the mood-evoking unison choruses with steady percussion. Keyboards add textural patterns to many of the modulating pieces stitched together while intermittent guitar helps the song embark on pleasant passages. A nice effort that ages well, like wine, upon repeated listening.

 

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/PranitGedham

– Review by PARAG KAMANI