The Indian slofi trio Nilein revealed the song Central Park on the 25th.
This is another one of those moments when me being late to an email, on this occasion from April of last year, has borne fruit with new material, therefore an apology for not getting to older material sooner.
Central Park slips slowly in to earshot as it peers tentatively out of the speakers, minding of a dormouse wandering in to a potential spot in which to hibernate and spotting some comfortable nesting and busying itself building a bed prior to quietly resolving into slumber merely a tad over three minutes later, yet hypnotically engrossing the audience with its tentative and careful footstep though the course of the fleeting moments of its activity.
The Indian maths-rock quartet The Jeepers will be releasing the LP Within Conversations imminently.
The Jeepers – Within Conversations – artwork
When last featured, in 2015, the quartet were known as Jeepers Creepers, although there has been a change in band name, the core of the music remains as angular as always, with the sharp elbows of guitar and electronics firing across the room. Though there has been a marked slow-down in pace, in Light Up My Sky, giving the material a more leisured flexibility.
Colaba Point is the ambient-psychedelic quartet of Rukmini Roy, Ankur Chugh, Abhishek Denzil and Rohan Kadam from Mumbai in India.
Combining electronics with a range of instruments both modern and traditional Colaba Point take the listener on a gently rolling journey of sound. The band deliver measured paces of enrapturing compositions which subtly contain references to times of yore, that give the pieces a timeless elegance, whilst simultaneously using the latest technologies to expand the older themes and this enables them to develop tracks through slowly shifting sands of time.
The vocal, which sits aloof of the music, gives the audience a sense of sound-track commentary, adding a spacious feel to the tracks. This is not music in which to engage whilst chasing shots, rather to imbibe with a long drink to hand. Formed back in 2011 Colaba Point have established a live presence and a steady flow of recorded material has enables their wide ranging out-put to travel further afield.
Not an out-fit that seeks to travel anywhere near the mainstream, Colaba Point have created a distinctive style, that should be more widely heard as they add much to the weave of the world of music and it is pleasure to introduce them to you.
The Lightyears Explode from Mumbai in India is the indie-rock trio of Shalom Benjamin (Bass), Saurabh Roy (Guitars / Vocals) and Aaron Carvalho (Drums).
The Lightyears Explode – indie rock from India
Matching the name the music explodes out of the speakers in a sparkling rainbow of fire-crackers. The effusive delight with which The Lightyears Explode approach the sounds reflects through the out-put and the listener finds themselves captured in the after-glow.
Stacks of percussion lead the way, setting a rip-roaring pace off which the bass ricochets as the guitar blends them into a skimming fluorescence and the vocal rounds of the tracks with a light touch as the lyric explores relationship values. The Lightyears Explode bring together touches of nostalgia with the 21st Century to leave the audience with arms waving in time.
Having played live extensively over the recent months to enthusiastic crowds, The Lightyears Explode have recently announced they are off the live circuit for a few months, I can only hope this is to head to the studio to follow-up their 2013 release The Revenge of Kalicharan which is available on bandcamp.
Begum from Delhi in India is – Kshitij Dhyani (Bass), Karan Singh (Drums / Keys) and Kartik S Pillai (Guitar / Vocals) – a band of eclecticism.
Confluences of psychedelia, tradition, reggae, rock, experimentalism and more meets at Begum and the resulting out-put is somewhere to spend many a happy moment. Formed last year, their début ten track LP Bagh appeared last month and is a tour of much variety.
The trio do not chain themselves to any one idea and this flexibility means that each track serves a highlight to the style each and every-time as they rarely come back to explore the same idea again. The deftness of touch displayed by Begum is a testament to their observational style, though one doesn’t feel as though listening to compositions that hold no relationship to the emotional consideration of the players rather a reality of their very connectivity with disparity.
Surprisingly Begum is, at present, more of a side-project than core focus with each member being involved with other things, which perhaps means the longevity of the band is in question. For now, with fortune – it does exist and producing music that adds much to the tapestry, long may they decide to work with each other.