Guitarist Susmit Sen Ready To Launch His Second Solo Album
The former Indian Ocean guitaristâ€™s new album, which features a collaborative track with former Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden, will release in August
Turns out that Susmit Sen doesnâ€™t have an obsession with oceans and water bodies. While the former Indian Ocean guitaristâ€™s 2011 debut album was called Depths of the Ocean, the new release is titled Ocean to Ocean. Sen is quick to assure that the title is only coincidental and not a reference to his former band or a sequel to his previous album.
Sen explains the album takes its title from his collaboration with British rock band Whitesnakeâ€™s former guitarist Bernie Marsden. Sen originally jammed with Marsden two years ago, and co-composed the song â€œOcean to Ocean.â€ Apart from Marsden, however, the album is a band effort by the Susmit Sen Chronicles, unlike Depths of the Ocean, which included vocalists such as Shubha Mudgal, Assamese folk artist Papon and rock veterans Parikramaâ€™s Nitin Malik. Says Sen, â€œThe cohesiveness has changed. Thereâ€™s far more involvement with all the members.â€ The Susmit Sen Chronicles comprises drummer Nikhil Vasudevan [from reggae/ska band The Ska Vengers], bassist Anirban Ghosh [formerly of metallers Prestorika and now part of jazz/blues band Grey Area], tabla player Varun Gupta [from alt rock band Sage and the Comets] and vocalists Amit Sharma and Sudhir Rikhari. Sonically, Ocean to Ocean is almost as meditative as Depths of the Ocean, with exceptions such as the upbeat Latin American-influenced groovy first single â€œBongingon,â€ which features Hungarian accordion player Orosz Zoltan, and the folk rock track â€œSerendipity.â€
Sen and the band began recording Ocean to Ocean in October last year and finished in March. The band also road-tested new material such as â€œNeptuneâ€™s Danceâ€ and their first single â€œBongingonâ€ minus any vocals. While â€œBongingonâ€ included Zoltan and Marsden features on the title track, Sen says both tracks sound different live, compared to the studio versions. Says Sen, â€œIâ€™d love to do â€˜Ocean To Oceanâ€™ with Bernie live, but I donâ€™t know where or when that will happen. Itâ€™s a different composition without him.â€
Susmit Sen Chronicles launch Ocean to Ocean on August 2nd at Striker, Gurgaon. Entry: TBA.
Listen to â€œBongingonâ€ here