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Fresh Indie Fridays #23

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David Britto Sep 24, 2021

Mumbai punk/prog duo The Library. Photo: Courtesy of the artists

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The Library – Quiet, Please

Mumbai artists: multi-instrumentalist and producer Vishal J. Singh (from avant-garde act Serpents of Pakhangba and multinational experimental band Amogh Symphony) and guitarist-vocalist Siddharth Basrur (of rock project Runt) have joined forces to form a punk rock band called The Library. The duo recently released their seven-track instrumental debut album called Quiet, Please via No Binary Records. With the record eight years in the making, the musicians power through the seven songs with gutsy guitar chugs, breakdowns, groovy sections as well as full-blown in-your-face prog and punk. Singh said in a statement, “We kept the songs instrumental with a vision that everybody’s graph of life isn’t the same. One man’s cake is poison for the other. Similarly, the instrumental nature of our songs is not limited to just one story.”

Abhin & Tanish – “Nahi Rehna”

Jaipur duo Abhin & Tanish’s latest single is the hauntingly beautiful “Nahi Rehna.” The poignant track – that is about “escaping today’s rat race” – includes airy instrumentation and crisp singing while singer-songwriter Sayantika Ghosh adds lush backing vocals to give the song a harmonious feel. The pair said in a statement, “[The song is about] wanting to go to a place where there is no room for judgment, empty criticism and nothing but love.”

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Siddhant Mishra – “Shukrana”

Mumbai-based singer-songwriter Siddhant Mishra recently released his acoustic-led single “Shukrana.” The track features rich guitar strums and string parts as vocals by Abhay Jodhpurkar bring the words penned by Mishra and Nikhil Chinchankar to life. In a statement, Mishra said, “’Shukrana’ is a song of gratitude, an ode to those lovely souls, who have been with us in this journey called life.”

Roohani – Azad Panchi

Pune rock outfit Roohani’s three-track debut EP Azad Panchi packs a punch with scintillating guitar parts, tight grooves, soaring vocals as well as crunchy dynamics. Talking about the record, the band said in a statement, “Azad Panchi is about an inspiring journey from agony to liberation. It talks about the mental hurdles every other person faces in their life, and how focusing on mental health is the need of the hour.”

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