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Advaita out with another album

Delhi folk rockers, Advaita, release an album after four years, band to perform at the launch gig in city. After their debut album, Grounded In Space that released in 2008, their sophomore offering The Silent Sea is out now.

music Updated: Feb 21, 2012 14:08 IST
Megha Mahindru
Megha Mahindru
Hindustan Times

Getting eight artistes to come together and seamlessly blend Hindustani classical ragas with Western riffs sounds like hard work. And Delhi-based fusion band, Advaita, couldn’t agree more.

“It takes time to put together songs that combine our individual talents. Then comes the tweaking, before we can freeze on a composition,” says guitarist Abhishek Mathur. Since they first took to stage in 2004, eliciting comparisons with acts like Indian Ocean, Swarthma and Raghu Dixit, the Delhi band has gone on to define a sonic space that’s distinctly their own.

After their debut album, Grounded In Space that released in 2008, their sophomore offering The Silent Sea is out now. Ask them whether the four-year gap is their thing and Mathur says, “That’s how long it takes to pool all our resources. We wanted to release this album by October to coincide with the gig-season in India, but the finishing touches took longer.”

The fusion folks’ latest attempt comprises 10 songs, with a sound that marks a departure from their debut. “One reporter asked us if we were going Goth! Now that’s a bit extreme. But this album is a bit edgier,” he says.

With songs like the electronica number ‘Mo funk..’ and progressive rock singles like ‘Dust…’ and ‘Words..’, will their folksy fans be disappointed? “Our first album is not going anywhere, so they can go back to that. We never forcefully add all the instruments to a composition. The idea is to not repeat the formula,” feels Mathur.

At the album launch in the city, the eclectic octet is putting together an “audio-visual spectacle”. “We aren’t the jumping around sort of band. So we thought of a produced show. We’ve worked with these two guys from NID (National Institute of Design), who are making visuals to match each song,” he adds. Besides performing new songs, the group, if prodded, will also play hits like ‘Ghir ghir…’ and ‘Rasiya…’.

The Silent Sea is out on EMI records for R 295. Advaita album launch will take place at Blue Frog on February 22.

First Published: Feb 21, 2012 11:47 IST