Author: Bony

Sreym Hctim – Turn Tail

Drifting through Turn Tail rings up twin feelings of bizarreness and fervency. The Brooklyn based artist tucks microcosms of formidable sounds inside each of the five irrefutable pieces in the EP – sounds that invigorated from different genres and mostly illustrate the histrionic aspect of music. From plucks of a miniature harp swimming in a distant drone to samples of screeches heard from the Jefferson platform, Turn Tail is an ornate reminder that it’s alright if you feel messed up. Sreym Mctim’s debut album in 2019, Split Ends, Split Head was a sonically tempered representation filled with complex rhythmic phrases, ardently whispered cantillation and fastidiously restrained noise. Split Ends, Split Head’s sound was immensely influenced by indie-pop music and the sound of East Asia. Its dark and coquettish persona was playful, enjoyable, and refreshing. But with Turn Tail all these elements have become even rigorous. With every project Sreym has put out, there has been a distinct change in the playfulness of his sound. Each more intriguing than the last one. In Turn Tail too, …

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Revisiting Vaporwave In 2020

Almost 10 years ago, vaporwave memes took over the internet by storm. The first microgenre to be born and live its life entirely on the Internet. Thanks to its nostalgic and surrealist take on popular culture and entertainment that helped exteriorized the bygone-ingenuousness. But writing about Vaporwave in 2020 is almost as unnecessary as carrying small changes for the phone booths. We don’t need to do that anymore because there are plenty of other things out there to do and talk about in 2020. Not that consumer capitalism is dead, it’s just we are trying to be satisfied with the status quo we are in right now. If everything I am saying sounds confusing to you, try this. Or this.. Vaporwave was originally created as a meme with an ambiguous and satirical take on globalization, runaway consumerism, manufactured nostalgia, and most importantly technoculture (the interactions between, and politics of, technology and culture). No other music has ever been directly associated with these aspects of the zeitgeist. And if it was the first time you heard …

Anubhavam – Bombay Jayashri

It was at this year’s Dover Lane Music Conference where Vidushi Bombay Jayashri’s (Ramnath) elegance was incomparable. She came, she performed for almost an hour and a half and left. She didn’t talk much. But it was her singing and improvisations that did most of the talking for her through the Carnatic music. If it was not for the management of the Dover lane Conference, she would have stayed and performed a little longer. It was apparent that the audience wanted more of her voice. This performance was a little confounding, quite soothing and mostly enthralling. The soulful kritis and tillana that she performed were downright delightful and fascinating. She is an Academy Award nominee for best original song after all. For someone coming from India, it sounds invigorating. Mostly to the people pursuing the same route of music she leads. Jayashri has sung for multiple movies, one of which the Life of Pi has led her to the nominee for best original score, but it’s mostly her classical performance that’s her hybrid offering. “The …

Disclosure: Ecstasy

Over the years, Disclosure is whiting down their music. It’s been almost five years since the duo has dropped Caracal, their last full-length LP. But they did not, however, abandon their fans entirely. The duo has released three EPs since Caracal, one of which just dropped last week, titled Ecstasy. A five-song long EP includes Tondo, Expressing What Matters, Etran, Get Close and the title track. Disclosure came out with their four-to-the-floor debut, Settle, during when dance music was growing its mainstream prominence. It was one of the best electronic albums of 2013 with blend-in elements from dance-pop, bass music, deep house, and UK & Future garage. Settle’s crispy and coquettish persona was playful, enjoyable and refreshing, much like UK’s dance music scene that always pushes itself forward. But their follow up project, 2015’s r&b driven Caracal was a bit of a disappointment. The album lost its prominence into the noise of heavy names like The Weeknd, Sam Smith, Lorde, and Miguel and chart-friendly sound. But it is what it is. The duo’s funky-as-fuck sound …

Frank & Nancy Sinatra: Somethin’ Stupid

Frank Sinatra’s most celebrated collaboration of the 60s wasn’t with an orchestra or a luminary songwriter, but with his daughter, Nancy Sinatra. The song Somethin’ stupid had first appeared a year before the Sinatras shared their love for singing with each other. It was originally a duet between C. Carson Parks and his wife, Gaile Foote, written by Parks himself. Somethin’ Stupid tells a story about a man and a woman enjoying each other’s company until one of them spoils that by saying Somethin’ Stupid….”And then I go and spoil it all by saying somethin’ stupid like, ‘I love you’” the chorus sings. The track was issued in 1967 as a single and later appeared on Frank Sinatra’s 1967 album The World We Knew. Frank and Nancy’s version keeps the basic arrangement of the original, but while Parks and Foote’s vocals are well complementary to each other, the Sinatras’ were a bit harsh on the surface, pushing Nancy Sinatra’s voice under Frank Sintra‘s. Somethin’ Stupid was nominated for the Record Of The Year at the 10th Grammy Awards, losing …

The Rise And Fall of Non-Film Music in Kolkata

For a few years when I was in my preadolescence, my favourite (Bengali) band was Cactus (ক্যাকটাস). I loved its early 00s mellow aesthetics; I loved the blues, pop-rock and psychedelic flux, bedded with the furor over creative and pioneering ideas. It was an odd thing. Especially for someone of that tender age who didn’t understand a single word singing along with the guitars and drums. It’s difficult to articulate now exactly what I liked about the band at that time beyond that the music resonated with my general preadolescent angst, but I do remember headbanging with the guitar riffs and drums every time I listened to them. I continued to follow Cactus along with other bands and solo acts like Fossils, Krosswindz, Chandrabindoo, Anjan Dutta, Nachiketa Chakraborty, Bhoomi, Lakhhichhara, Srikanto Acharya, Lopamudra Mitra and the trailblazer Moheener Ghoraguli for several more years til the late 2009 or early 2010. The enthusiasm, however, gradually waned. The more time passed, the less likely it seemed that I would ever retake interest in listening to my once favourite …