Easy Wanderlings : Decide what you want people to experience.

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“You gotta be worried when things are alright”, says Sanyanth Naroth. His infectious enthusiasm cuts right through the lazy Sunday morning vibes. He’s equally grateful and vigilant to the overall appreciation his band, Easy Wanderlings, have been getting lately. He continues to passionately talk about music, his journey, the band, and of course their debut album, ‘As Written In The Stars’.

For the longest time Easy Wanderlings had been quite the faceless band. Communicating solely via their music and artwork, not even the ardent of fans knew where the band came from or how many members it had.  Sanyanth insisted that the art had to come first and all he wanted was people to – “hear some good music, sit back & relax”. Things really blew up for the Wanderlings when their single ‘Enjoy It While It Lasts’ made it on the playlist of the YouTube channel ‘Mostly Strings’ and garnered international recognition.

The band was co-founded by fellow wanderling Malay Vadalkar who happens to also be the recordist/mixing engineer for the album. Both have known each other for 10 odd years making even the most intense of creative disputes feel like “fighting with a sibling”. Pratika Gopinath was brought on board when her mesmerizing vocal chops perfectly fit the melody of ‘Enjoy It While It Lasts’ and the songs that followed. Soon enough the wanderling family easily expanded to more members and even more places, with the wanderlings hailing from the likes of Pune, Darjeeling and Denmark.

Describing their sound as a ‘music journal’, the 8-track debut album is the testament that the wanderlings have come a long way from their first entry of home recorded singles. The entire album chronicles multiple stories of love, loss, ambition and everything in between, laced beautifully together with soulful acoustic melodies. A personal favorite would be ‘Dream To Keep Us Going’ as an intriguing intro if followed by some energetic chirpy tunes.  Sanyanth insists on always delivering a high quality product and giving it your best. He says, “Decide what you want people to experience.”

The wanderlings have currently cherry-picked only 8 songs for ‘As Written In The Stars’ and have kept some for future records. They have couple of exciting gigs on their way including the Barcadi NH7 Weekender later this year. They also have a music video out for ‘Enjoy It While It Lasts’. Due to the single’s initial international success, they have found a great following overseas and when asked if they plan to tour abroad, Sanyanth says, “We have to. There’s no question about it!” So it’s safe to they have already taken steps to write the next chapter in this music journal, but we just might have to wait for a little while. Till then, enjoy while it lasts!

 

 

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Akash Vincent : ‘Singer-songwriter’ is not a genre.

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“For a long time I really had a problem with how ‘singer-songwriter’ is referred to as a genre”, says Akash Vincent. This statement is perfectly applicable to Akash who  recently dropped his sophomore EP ‘Polaris‘ which creatively explores varied sounds palettes like pop and r&b tied beautifully together by his voice and songwriting skills.

 

 

Akash’s music journey started off with being a metal drummer back in college but he finally found his footing in being more of a solo act. His influences range from the likes of Sting, Bob Dylan to local acts such as Soulmate, Donn Bhat & Red Mawkin. This 5-track EP is a follow-up to Akash’s debut effort ‘Postcards’.

 

Initially to be named as ‘North Star’, this EP is a reminder to be true to one self. This expression is encapsulated perfectly in the bouncy opener ‘Who I Am’. In an era where electronic music is on the forefront, it can be tough for ‘traditional’ singer-songwriters to find their space and be honest to their craft. Akash says, “It’s really easy to lose track of who you are and who you want to be.”

Staying true to the opening statement, there’s not one song that sounds remotely similar to the next. He manages to soulfully use a variety of instruments and meshes them together to deliver a distinct sound. His creative efforts were equally critiqued and supported by his collaborators Nikhil Mawkin, Abhinav Khokar & Gaurav Chintamani. Akash also keeps the band in mind while writing the songs and welcomes any sort of feedback. He says, “Musicians come in with their own colors and it is always welcomed.”

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A personal favorite would be the track ‘Anyway’ which has an overall sense of excitement and tension created by the cello melody flowing through the song. Inspired by how much effort gets put in to the packaging of albums like ‘Meteora’ by Linkin Park, Akash made sure the EP had a visual appeal. Each songs has its individual artwork created by the artist Nadini Bansal.

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At this very moment, Akash is tirelessly trying to push the EP and honing his craft as a live performer for the gigs in the upcoming months. It’s evident that his presence can no more be ignored as one patiently waits for his next set of songs. With EPs like these, Akash is likely to become a star of his own in India’s independent music galaxy!

 

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Phatcowlee : ‘Cinema EP is an extension of self-expression’.

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Rajan Shrestha’s moniker originated by superimposing a huge cauliflower on a cow’s head, much like how his influences are a delightful amalgamation between the likes of Tool, Perfect Circle and that of Mathew Herbert and Trent Reznor.  His debut effort as Phatcowlee has been making waves in the indie scene for being raw, ethereal and well, cinematic.

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Predominantly known as being the bassist of Nepal’s stellar rock outfit, Jindabaad, Rajan first dipped his toes in electronic music production two-three years ago. Having an experience of being a musician for years, along with the confidence stemming from his days as a co-producer and recording engineer, Phatcowlee seemed like a natural metamorphism.  He doesn’t see much difference working alone or with a band. Both have their pros and cons. Being in a band and collaborating helped him grow as a musician, but Phatcowlee felt more like an intimate form of self-expression. “Sometimes we need to express ourselves in our unique way and I felt Phatcowlee is that extension of me”, says Rajan.

Released by India’s very own Consolidate records, this EP is really eargasmic. He chose his samples from famous old Nepali films and named the songs after them. Wooed over by the surge of nostalgia he faced while randomly flipping through channels, he record all the samples from the T.V. or YouTube. Even the cover art is from the film ‘Chino’. Terming his genre to be ‘Post Adhunik’ music, this EP is everything you expect it to be. Perfect blend of nostalgia with modern aesthetics.

It’s clear how visual Rajan is as a creative entity. From the EP name to the samples, there’s no doubt that films have influenced him. It should come as no surprise for he happens to be a video editor along with a photographer. So there might be a music video somewhere down the line.

Talking about the lack of a viable ecosystem, Rajan describes the Nepali music scene as, “bubble which might expand, but won’t burst.”  The lack of collaboration along with the dearth of long lasting entities to provide a sturdy platform for young artists seems like the every other day for this scene veteran. Amazed by the response to this EP, Rajan feels that collaboration is where the world is headed. This EP is a testament that in the internet era, you can find fellow creatives and help them out. It just might result in your art being experienced by an entirely new audience.

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With the Sine Valley Festival this October, Rajan has decided to dedicate the rest of the year to his band Jindabaad, however he has already started working on the next album for Phatcowlee. And all we can say is that we can’t wait for his next endeavor!

 

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