A friend recently complained of how the terrible weather is dulling the edges of his sanity. Well, he’s certainly not alone. But maybe that’s a good enough reason to plummet even deeper in to some new fantastic music that’s being brewed by our homegrown Indian artists.
Pioneers of India electronica, the mighty Midival Punditz take the lead this weekend (Saturday, May 2) as they release their new album Hello Hello at Shalom, Vasant Vihar.
Their album is indeed a spot of shade, where soothing atmospheric rendition Naina Lagey shares space with the frenzied tempo of The Punditz version of Led Zepplin’s Four Sticks and evergreen Mirza Ghalib marvel Har Ek Baat Pe… and several other super groovy tracks with that signature Punditz sound. The Punditz have been instrumental in putting Indian electronica on the global map and continue to carry the panache of Indian music in their mould of South Asian electronic music.
They’ve used a host of guest artistes of different genres beautifully, especially some Indian classical names like that of Pandit Ajay Prasanna. This album documents their journey as artists, and also cements the fact that contemporary Indian music has found a strong footing globally. The future they were trying to project with the music when they started off has successfully become ‘now’ today, which means more power to the Punditz — Gaurav and Tapan.
There is also great news from the Indian rock contingent. Them Clones are finally
releasing their album Love.Hate.Heroes this August, but the celebrations kick start with them releasing one of their super popular songs My Life as a single on May 1. That’s when they begin their nation wide 10-city tour. The animated video of My Life will be aired on music channels as well as online.
And what’s even more exciting is that music lovers will get to decide which 10 of their 17 songs finally make it to the album, by voting on www.them clones.com. They continue to enjoy a great following across the country and also in Bollywood, which reminds me that four of our other talented young music acts will be recording at the Yashraj Studios in Mumbai.
As a part of Soundpad (a British Council and Counter Culture records project) Advaita, Indigo Children, Swarathma and Medusa are chosen to record with John Leckie, a well-known music producer, who worked with Radiohead and The Verve. The compilation album will feature two tracks by each band. Apart from the album deals they also get to perform at the Great Escape fest in Brighton, England.
That’s a lot of good music coming our way from our land. But from far off shores (York, UK), I stumbled upon this band… a roughly edged mish-mash of Porcupine Tree meets Pink Floyd, some interested psychedelic progressive rock music there, do give it a listen. Search for Paul Cusick’s Focal Point page on Facebook and enjoy!