The idea of putting your money on an album that is a compilation of a bunch of emerging bands and making it available for free online may not be the wisest one, but there’s no stopping ennui.BOMB’s Rishu Singh.
Out with the fourth album of the Stupid Ditties series, a compilation of ‘unmetal’ independent music, Singh seems to be revelling in his foolhardiness. “It’s just a small way of giving back to the music scene. Our aim is to make Indian indie music available around the world,” says Singh, who has been actively involved with the Indian indie scene since 2004.
And if numbers are anything to go by, Singh is on the right track. The previous three albums of Stupid Ditties, collectively, have been downloaded more than 45,000 times. “We’ve had people from Estonia, Croatia and Nigeria downloading the album,” he says.
The Stupid Ditties series was kickstarted in 2007 by Singh, featuring fresh acts such as The Superfuzz and Medusa. The sequels have also featured promising acts such as Bengaluru’s Lounge Piranha and Kolkata’s The Supersonics.
This year, the fourth installment, Stupid Ditties 4: Awesome Foursome, which releases on October 31 features 20 songs from bands across the country (10 of which are from the city) handpicked by Singh and his wife Aditi Ghosalkar.
“We received over 110 entries, but we were looking for original and innovative music,” says Rishu. The album release coincides with the launch of his website, where indie lovers will be able to download their favourite Stupid Ditties album for free. Like the previous albums, Stupid Ditties 4 is also a mishmash of genres, with everything from alternative to punk to humour rock. Bands such as Dischordian and Digital Kids, who have previously been part of Stupid Ditties, make a reappearance this year.
Band Emperor Minge, who last collaborated with Sridhar/Thayil at the Medicine Show, take their experiment forward with ‘One damn nation.’ The album track list includes bands from Chandigarh and Shillong, while Pink Noise, along with two other bands from Kolkata, make it to the playlist. “It’s great to work with some of the best, creative minds in the country. I’m eager to hear the album,” says Randolph Correia aka Func of Shaa’ri+ Func, who has contributed a track from their latest album, Mantis for Stupid Ditties 4.
The album launch will be marked with a free launch gig by the duo, along with Dischordian, Imaad Shah’s The Pulp Society, hip-hop band Bombay Basement and balladeer Alex Rintu on November 4 at Bonobo in Bandra.