EP Review: Sky Rabbit- Where
Dig up those shrooms and dancing shoes for the new release from the Mumbai electro rockers
Mumbai electro post-punk band Sky Rabbit’sÂ second release, an EP titled Where makes itÂ known loud and clear that the band likes toÂ make people dance. There’s seldom a soul whoÂ isn’t inspired to move to drummer HarshÂ Karangale’s big beat drumming set to the (now) more subtleÂ electro samples over noodles of guitar chords from RahulÂ Nadkarni and vocalist Raxit Tewari’s jaded drawl. The shortÂ and sweet “In Dance,” with Siddharth Shah’s groovy bass linesÂ is proof of Sky Rabbit’s dance floor intentions.
The follow-up to their self-titled debut full-length fromÂ January 2012, this five-track EP sees a key shift in productionÂ and sound with much-sought after producer Ayan De helmingÂ the production. “Maybe Is Open Tonight,” that was tested atÂ gigs and was performed without samples getsÂ a coat of layers and exits with a bit of synth toÂ subtle, yet less impressive effect. Tewari turnsÂ on his melancholy charm best on “Over theÂ Rise,” a slow jam that’s as wistful as it gets,Â with cryptic lines such as “There’s a flogging danger waitingÂ for footsteps /and I seem to cross the fences the wrong way.”
The title track “Where,” is also turned on its head whenÂ compared to the live version. It doesn’t get any better, butÂ neither does it get worse with oddly poetic lyrics that we’veÂ come to associate with the band. “We sank up little jobs”?Â “In our times, we breed fathers”? Sign us up if there’s ever aÂ session on Sky Rabbit songwriting.
Key Tracks :
“Over the Rise”
This piece appeared in the August 2013 edition of Rolling Stone India.Â