Watch: Antarman’s New Twist to Eastern Folk on ‘Tatar Patar’
The folk-fusion trio of Pooja Shankar, Rahul Mukherjee and Randeep Bhaskar channel baul music on the first release off their recently-released self-titled debut
Folk fusion trio Antarman establish that they’re equal parts experimental and hackneyed on their debut single “Tatar Patar”. Not that it’s a bad thing—the pan-Indian act comprising Pooja Shankar, Rahul Mukherjee and Randeep Bhaskar seamlessly weave modern rock, electronica and pop elements into Indian folk styles like baul, bhatiyali, sylheti and bihu to create a classically-rooted yet dance-friendly sound.
“Tatar Patar” is Antarman’s first single off their self-titled six-track debut album, which released on July 27th via Times Music. Shot across Kolkata and set against the backdrop of Howrah Bridge, the singers are joined by a merry band of 10 musicians, playing everything from plucked drums to the ektara as well as the standard bass guitar and drum combo. Although some shots recall certain cinematic tropes – a particularly ecstatic Shankar is seen on a boat with luminescent rays around her at the 1:03 mark – the music stays more or less in the realm of uplifting folk music about celebrating love. What would take most by surprise though, is the buildup to a completely dancefloor-friendly electronica closing section.