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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

Anurag Tagat Dec 19, 2015
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Black Letters - (from left) Akash Chacko, Sharath Narayan, Arjun Radhakrishnan and Sarang Menon. Photo:  Williams & Terrance Dominic, Rahul Balu

Black Letters – (from left) Akash Chacko, Sharath Narayan, Arjun Radhakrishnan and Sarang Menon. Photo: Williams & Terrance Dominic, Rahul Balu

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.

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Listen to Petrichor. Buy the EP here

Artwork by Shambhavi Thakur

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