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Canadian Tamil Artists Shan Vincent de Paul and Ami Team Up for Slick New Song ‘Amnesia’

The song is the second release from A.R. Rahman co-founded artist platform maajja

Rolling Stone India Apr 05, 2021

Canadian-Tamil artist Shan Vincent de Paul in his new music video 'Amnesia.' Photo: Gajan Balan

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Toronto-based rapper Shan Vincent de Paul sings about forgetfulness around toxic relationships on his latest bop “Amnesia,” which features fellow Tamil-origin Canadian singer Ami aka Amirthregan Wijayanathan.

With an imposing slab of basslines provided by Vincent de Paul’s go-to producer La+ch, “Amnesia” wraps up within two minutes but centers on a honeyed hook delivered by the two vocalists. The rapper says in a statement, “I wanted to create something that had a tinge of Nineties nostalgia with a future twist. The melody has been floating in my head for a while, and as soon as I heard the bass line that La+ch sent me, it clicked so easily. A big part of the song was introducing Ami to my audience. His voice is so special and unique, I really do believe that he’s going to be a force in the scene soon enough, it’s inevitable.”

In the wavy music video directed by Vincent de Paul and shot by filmmaker/photographer Gajan Balan, we see Ami in a forlorn state. The rapper looks pensive, even as he morphs in the outro, to meet the melting flip on the music. Released via artist platform maajja – co-founded by A.R. Rahman and launched in January – “Amnesia” follows up the Sri Lankan-origin Canadian artist’s 2020 album Kothu Boys with fellow Tamil producer-singer Yanchan, plus singles such as “Die for Me” (released earlier this year) and the hard-hitting “One Hundred Thousand Flowers,” which was out in 2020.

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While Vincent de Paul even released non-fungible tokens for sale on artwork related to “Amnesia,” he’s also readying his long anticipated third studio album Made in Jaffna for release later this year.

Watch the video for “Amnesia” below. Stream here

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