Aerate Sound: ‘Only For External’ Album Review

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Aerate Sound is a Bangalore based audio/visual duo who recently released their debut album ‘Only For External’ via Consolidate Records. While Naquash orchestrates the visual elements of the act, Joe Panicker paints with sound. This interesting powerhouse clearly shouldn’t be missed.

This nine track album is an interesting blend of smooth basslines, vibrant melodies and a diverse range of subtle sounds and samples. There is a clear sense of precision in the arrangement of sounds making all the songs feel rich.

The opening track ‘Nafiri’ is really indulgent with it’s rough folk appeal followed by a softer and immersive groove. We have tracks like the quirky ‘Soul Harvest’ and the hypnotic ‘Battle’. However the highlight of the album would be the gritty ‘Down Baby Down’ featuring Bangalore MC Smokey The Ghost. It has a really dirty hip hop beat to it. Smokey’s slick cadence along with his suave lyrics drive the song home.

At times the tracks on the album do feel too long. Some tracks lack the sense of experimentation when compared to others, making it feel repetitive. But all in all it’s an interesting album. What’s worth keeping in mind though is that simply giving the album a listen won’t do complete justice to the act as the other half of it deals with visual artistry. That being said, I am excited about Aerate Sound’s future projects and even more excited to see them live!

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Kumail: ‘From You To Blue’ EP Review

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It’s great to see artists evolve with the material they put out and it’s fair to say Kumail has done precisely the same with his new EP, ‘From You To Blue’. 

Released by Mumbai’s independent record label ‘Knowmad Records’, this 7-track EP is thematically structured. The songs are vibrant and somber at the same time. If you are familiar with Kumail’s previous work then you wouldn’t be surprised by the obscure and subtle sounds that whizz by frequently. 

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With this EP, Kumail flirts with a lot of danceable textures. There are a lot of garage sounds for you to groove along to. A personal favorite would be ‘Blue You’ which has a sweet guitar riff smoothly flowing through it. 

Even though I’m a massive fan of Kumail’s previous album ‘Links’, it wouldn’t be fair to bracket him in a certain space given that he clearly has a lot more to offer. This EP does lack the softer ethereal elements of ‘Links’ but it’s not to discredit the new musical direction he has embarked upon. Wonder what he’s got stored for us next!

Also, Kumail’s going on a sweet tour in the coming month. So if you are in town, check him out!

 

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Short Round: ‘With Friends Like These’ EP Review

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Jishnu ‘Short Round’ Guha’s sophomore effort, ‘With Friends Like These’ is a wholesome concoction of lush acoustic sounds, soulful vocal banter and thoughtful lyrics. And it’s finger-pickin-good!

The seven-track EP consists of an ensemble of classy-collaborators ranging from scene veterans like Siddharth Basrur to fellow Kadak artists like Mali and Fat Yellow Moon. Each bringing in their own flavour and vocal textures to these well composed songs. Feeling very much like a box of assorted chocolates, this EP is conceptually fresh and is bound to go down as a hallmark singer-songwriter album in the Indian indie scene. 

The track ‘Nowhere To Go’ features Saurabh Roy of The Lightyears Explode and is a really great up-beat folk rock song which complements the mellower appeal of the rest of the EP. The track ‘Autumn’ has a sparkling vocal performance by Mali. ‘Ghost Of Your Stories’ featuring Fat Yellow Moon is a gem of a track which is well-structured and has a beautiful explosive end to it.  

The highlight performances would be by Basrur on the track ‘Losing Day’ and by Anna Holmquist on ‘Get It Into Your Head’. The entire EP is sonically & lyrically rich. 

Even though Jishnu’s mesmerizing compositional skills throughout the EP are noteworthy, it’d have been good to see more of his singer side on some of the tracks. Sadly, he doesn’t deliver a standout vocal performance and at times it’s hazy to figure out his contributions in the duets. Same goes for Rahul Pais on the track ‘Autumn’.  

That being said, this EP is hands down one of the finest material to be churned out by any Indian singer-songwriter in a long time. With Collaborations Like These, this kind of outcome was inevitable.

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When Chai Met Toast : The Joy of Little Things EP Review

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Happiness needs to be elicited delicately through the medium of music. You can sugarcoat your lyrics, glitter your sounds and force feed your way into a listener’s playlist, but that won’t last. To linger in someone’s mind, truly connect, musicians need some kind of honesty to their craft. And a young band from Cochin have successfully done so with their debut EP, ‘Joy Of Little Things’.  

 When Chai Met Toast. If the band name doesn’t crack a teeny smile, I don’t know what will. Effortlessly euphoric, saying anything mildly negative about this band’s music is like complaining how your grandma feeds you too much. It’s just love. With great passion and sincerity, the band aims to evoke a single feeling, joy. It does so via great instrumentation, groovy hooks and upbeat vocals.

 The music is powerful. Happy genres sometimes can be bland. But this EP is sonically mesmerizing. There is a variety of instrumentation dealt with precision in each song. It’s hard to believe that it started off as a two-piece collective that has expanded and has been winning hearts in such a small span of time. For someone who has had the pleasure of seeing them live, it’s magical to see these young lads pushing themselves to the fullest to lift the crowd’s spirits. They don’t fail to deliver live and they haven’t failed to deliver with this EP.

The only complaint, that it might be too sweet for someone’s palate. It’s only so many times that one can loop this and embarrass themselves whilst dancing in public. But then again it’s like going to the Chocalate Factory and saying, ‘Um, Mr. Wonka, do you have anything spicy in here?’. This is what you’ve signed up for. So use the golden ticket and enter the world of When Chai Met Toast as they make you sing, dance and most importantly, smile.

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BRNSCTR : Artless Album Review.

20127-brnsctr-main-i3.jpg‘Artless’ is as enticingly abstract as the accompanying cover art. What the talented Abhinav does with his sampler and headphones all the way from Patna, Bihar is simply hard to ignore. This ten track album is a breath of fresh air.

The sounds can be both colorful or have a subdued appeal. The songs can be structured or mysteriously random.

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The initial tracks are charmingly atmospheric. Originating from a down tempo space, they don’t fail to soothe the listener. We can sense a great deal of influences in terms of the choices of the samples and instrumentation. The track ‘Suite A.Early Morning Live Up (27.03.11)’ is a treat given the Indian raga like appeal to its underlying sample.

The album takes a darker turn with the gritty ‘Suite B. Be Kind, Please Die(23.10.12)’. The deep house flavor complementing the softer initial tracks gives us a great taste of the sonic range this artist has to offer.

There’s a great variety of instrumentation. The track ‘Suite C. Jodorowsky//Lessons Of Faith’ has a tribal drum and bass with a velvety flute flowing through.

Some of the latter tracks don’t come off as interesting or experimentally brave as their predecessors. The entire tape has no concrete structure due to the varying track length of the songs. However, there is no speck of doubt that the artist has a lot to offer. Claiming that he just wants to make music he wants to hear at this moment, with no intention of going live anytime soon, we sure hope Abhinav keeps doing what he does. For this album is all art, nothing less.

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Kumail : ‘Links’ Album Review

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I pride myself in being an ardent grunge/rock fan. My roots lie heavily in the sounds of Pearl Jam, Nirvana and so on. My close minded nature rarely made way for gaudy electronic music to enter my playlists. But I vividly remember the beautiful moment when the songs of this young artist gave me an entirely fresh perspective of electronic music and its capabilities.

Kumail is a young down tempo electronic artist. There’s something ethereal about his sounds. It’s free flowing and delicate. There reason why his music was so jolting, because of its sheer distinctiveness even within the nascent indie space. It’s borderline cruel to label his music as ‘electronic’ only. There’s a lot of intricacies for the listeners to revel in. The victory lies in the fact that his music can be both feather like and powerful at the same time.

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His twelve track album ‘Links’ is one special experience. What Kumail does in these few minutes has more depth and richness than the hours of glittery ‘club’ music forced down your throat. There’s just a plethora of sounds and textures used throughout the album. From natural sounds to few Indian instruments, this album is definitely experimental to say the least. Masterfully using these variety of sounds together with just the enough restrain to avoid any kind of overkill. It makes you feel pensive, melancholy, happy and groovy. All these elements perfectly ‘Linked’ together.

 

A personal favorite would be ‘She Sand Sea’. I remember being blown away by the fact that an electronic track could be so intimate. It almost feels romantic.

 

Having said that, I’m still skeptical about the translation of this kind of music in a live set up. Would I step out to have the same kind of experience that I can have with my eyes closed at home? I’m not sure. I hope I get to see Kumail live to be surprised yet again. However, what’s more important is an artist being true to himself. An artist pushing the boundaries. And I truly think Kumail has successfully done that, making ‘Links’ one of my favorite albums of the year.

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Oceantied: Tribes EP Review

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Musicians are hands down the most interesting breed on the planet. It makes me smile how intriguingly talented they can be at times. For instance, when Ketan Bahirat is not on guitar duties in the lovely post rock act Until We Last and it’s world of soulful atmospheric music, he’s slaying it in his electronic avatar and making you dance as Oceantied. His new EP ‘Tribes’ speaks volumes about his diverse music capabilities.

‘Tribes’ is purely pumped with energy and edginess. There’s neither a dull moment nor any time to take off your dancing shoes. You’ll be dancing through the entirety of this four-track stunner. I love how aptly the EP is named. All the songs play off as modern tribal anthems for people to dance around the fire create by the DJ on the floor. There is some interesting stuff being done revolving around the repetitive vocals in tracks like ‘High’ & ‘Groove N Move’. However, a personal highlight would be ‘Streets’ done in association with Red Bull Music Academy. The choice of elements along with the quirky interludes and overall sonic appeal make it a standout.

Maybe the Until We Last fan in me wishes that Ketan should’ve explored more sounds with this EP. But overall ‘Tribes’ is a delight and a testament of the influence the multitalented Ketan Bahirat is going to have on the scene in the years to come.

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