Duncun Rufus’s music comes as a breath of fresh air in the indie music space populated by boisterous acts. Their mellow, uncomplicated compositions could well be their biggest USP.
Vocalist Lima Yanger explains why they like to keep their music simple. “There’s a tendency among musicians to play for themselves and other musicians. A lot of times, we forget that we’re performing for a layperson. But we, as a band, want to connect with people.”
Besides Yanger, the band comprises Gauthe Johannesen (drums), Hitesh Dhutia (guitar), Vinay Lobo (guitar), Richard Francis (guitar) and Jaideep Thirumalai (bass). Tonight, the pop-folk band will launch their debut album, Carte Blanche, at a gig in the city. The album features 10 songs, which Yanger describes as “driving music”. And although the project is supported by a big label, Yanger says it was always their baby.
That explains the title too. “Before the music label came on board, the album was our carte blanche. We took a lot of liberties. For example, the last song — a six-minute track called ‘Goodbye’ — features just the sound of the waves,” he says, adding that having a label backing you adds a stamp of credibility. “We are aware that it’s a difficult time for artistes as well as labels, because supporting independent talent doesn’t always generate revenue. However, getting a label’s backing shows that I didn’t just go to a jumbo photocopying shop and get some 500 copies made of my album!”
Back from a tour of Norway, the band is currently looking to do more promotional gigs. “We are trying to play whenever and wherever we can,” says Yanger. A second album isn’t far away either. He says, “We’ve finished writing the music for it. We just need to get ourselves in the studio to start recording.”