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Adam & The Fish Eyed Poets to Release Second Album

Kishore Krishna releases second album as Adam and the Fish Eyed Poets

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Neha Sharma Apr 07, 2011
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When twenty two year old Kishore Krishna says he spent a “lonely childhood,” he follows it up with the qualifying remark, “I know it’s a cliché but it’s the truth.” The prolific songwriter – to whom “writing songs is like breathing” – raves about literature’s “drunk bastard” Charles Bukowski and cites his influences in the likes of Tom Waits and Nick Cave. The aforementioned facts about Krishna were in some way self evident on Snakeism (2010). Adam and the Fish Eyed Poets’ (Krishna’s solo project) debut album, Snakeism, embraced themes of fear and vulnerability while excavating life’s sordid truths. Krishna’s second album (tentatively titled Dead Loops ”“ “I’m thinking of calling it Dead Loops but I feel it brings to mind dead toucans and grey cereal so let’s see”)  due out this month veers away from escapist tendencies in accepting reality as it comes. “It’s all about loops and comfort zones. This one is about coming to terms with circumstances rather than trying to escape which roughly was what the last album was about. Each song presents a different character in a different loop, some still trashing about helplessly, others trying to find their peace – basically less and more favourable loops and the struggles of transit and conscience,” says Krishna, whose work seems an exercise in intellectualising his own existence.

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Snakeism nestled a very dark and surly temperament working a rich mix of the blues, gritty grunge, industrial and electro-rock. Of what Krishna suggests the sound on Dead Loops will shift away from the shades of grey that defined the compositions on Snakeism, “I guess its a messy, D.I.Y  mish-mash of Fifties R&B, doo wop , surf , alt country, tom waits and some leftover shoe-gaze. This one’s a lot more guitar oriented than the last one, lighter and more melodic. Also, no brooding,” he laughs. Kishore’s influences on this one are many and very varied from Sixties pop to “early Sun studio stuff” and alternative rock to folk punk. The likes of Roy Oribson , Dion and the Belmonts,  the Beach Boys , the Walkmen’s Lisbon, Best Coast,  Elvis Costello , Paul Weller, the Pogues , R.E.M, Solomon Burke , Smokey and The Miracles and Billy Bragg figure on Kishore’s long, untiring list of inspirations. Even on songwriting Kishore seems to be writing from a more composed space and what will make this work relevant is its strong Indian character on lyricism. Speaking of the songwriting process he says, “it’s all a lot more streamlined. Less sneering and more consistent on theme. It’s less fat around the edges.” He tries to pin the theme in his own quirky, slightly apologetic way, “It’s hard to say it ”˜touches upon certain social issues’ without sounding like a douche but there’s a bit of Springsteen minus the drama I guess.”

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