Exclusive Stream: Black Letters’ Wistful New EP ‘Petrichor’
The Bengaluru/Kochi alt rock band’s new offering is rich with delay guitars and laid-back beats
Epiphanies are always good, as Bengaluru/Kochi alt rockers Black Letters will tell you. It seems like that’s what was behind the shift in sound on their new EP Petrichor. The follow-up to their debut 2014 album Shapes on the Wall leans on softer, delay-laden guitars, slow beats and plenty of layers.
Petrichor was inspired by a getaway to the resort town of Wayanad in Kerala last year, frontman Sharath Narayan tells us. He says of the four-track EP, “We’ve kept it straightforward. It’s very soothing, light and has certain dream-pop elements.” Produced by Vivek Thomas [now frontman for Kerala rock veterans Motherjane], Petrichor was originally slated for release in May, but the band – also comprising drummer Akash Chacko, guitarist Sarang Menon and bassist Arjun Radhakrishnan – have been spending time tweaking every detail.
The first taste of the EP arrived in August, with the music video for “Phila” straight off exuding synth brightness over a steady beat. The rest of Petrichor offers more shades of Black Letters’ guitar-led rock that’s not at all as loud as Shapes on the Wall, but very much a perfect companion for star-gazing your night away.
Listen to Petrichor. Buy the EP here.
Artwork by Shambhavi Thakur