It’s been almost two years since Kailasa’s last album Jhoomo Re hit the stands. A successful follow-up to their self-titled debut album in 2006, Jhoomo Re further entrenched the band’s stronghold of a novel, earthy sound.
It was the fascinating outcome of Kailash Kher’s Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Kumar Gandharva influences combined with brothers’ Paresh and Naresh Kamat’s radically urban influences that range from The Beatles to Metallica.
In another month, Kailasa comes out with it’s untitled third album that boasts of eight original songs. “This album is closest to our heart and will surely be our best album till date,” promises Paresh Kamat. The band is especially excited about the album since it was recorded entirely in its own, nearly one-year old, Kailasa studio.. “and so, there’s a lot of emotional attachment,” smiles Kher.
Close to the heart
The band’s first two albums were recorded in a number of studios, and many instrumentalists were especially brought in for individual songs.. but in their latest offering, the band has stuck to their set troupe of musicians. “We want the sound to be closest to how it is when we perform live,” says Kamat.
The album has been meticulously recorded keeping this in mind, and the band is pleased with the outcome. A rare
freshness runs through the seven prepared songs, capturing a spectrum of emotions about love and longing, depicted in
finely-penned, rich poetry by Kher.
There is no method to the madness though, as the trio record songs on the spur of any moment an idea pops up.
In fact, even as we speak, Kher and Kamat abruptly come up with a variation of their oldest unreleased song, Ishq ho gaya –– a passionate sufi-like song on the lines of their superhits, Teri deewani and Saiyyan –– and immediately record it on Kher’s phone while Kamat strums the guitar. “I’m sure you are write about this in your article,” Kher laughs.
Two of the other songs are odes to the romantic rainy season. There’s Cherrapunji, which is Kailasa’s take on brothers Naresh and Paresh Kamat’s English-language song from their band Hipnotribe. There’s also Chaandan mein, that uses a unique instrument called the ‘rain stick’ to give the effect of droplets in the background.
Both songs interpret the monsoons in distinctive ways, and have the alluring quality that would make one reach for the ‘repeat’ button over hot cups of chai, on a rainy day.
The surefire chartbuster in the album is Na batati tu, that evolved from a jam session between the band mates at a friend’s birthday. Using only the first line from Kumar Gandharva’s song of the same name, the song is mad, wacky fun, rendered with abandon and glee by Kher.
Another song on the same vein, Rang rang ma, wasn’t available for preview but Kher smiles, “If you thought his was peppy, that is a hundred-times peppier.” The band plans to remix one of these songs for the album.
At the moment, the band is running against time to ready the album for a June first-week release. The band has all reasons to be fired up since this album is also being released internationally by New York-based World Music label, Cumbancha.
This is the band’s first such collaboration, and it will be touring world-wide to promote the album. Kamat grins, “Though we have toured US before, the difference is that this time, we’ll be playing to an all-white crowd as a World Music band.”