Hear Hyderabad-Based Singer-Songwriter Arpit Chourey’s Breezy New EP ‘Wind In My Hair’
The record is filled with chirpy acoustic tunes
For Bhopal-bred singer-songwriter Arpit Chourey, he caught the music bug while working on a construction project in Bihar. He says, “The tranquility of rural life, vast farmlands around my residence, unadulterated food combined with power cuts and frustrations of the job led me to start liking singer-songwriters like Alexi Murdoch, Jack Johnson and Damien Rice.” Chourey then moved to Hyderabad to kick off his music career and released his debut five-track EP Simple Stories in 2017. Earlier this month, he dropped his sophomore record, the four-track breezy EP Wind In My Hair.
Making the new record wasn’t an easy task for the singer-songwriter, with him having to overcome a number of hurdles along the way. He explains, “Our bassist lost his 24-day old son after a huge amount of struggle. Our recording/mixing engineer had a fallout with the studio he was working for and one of the songs, ‘Curious Case of Mondays,’ was recorded by at least four drummers.”
The EP opens with the catchy title track and is about “memories you make at each and every turn in life and how they remain till the end.” The Bublé-esque “Curious Case of Mondays” was written about how Chourey’s drummer would miss their Monday morning rehearsal due to his travels over the weekend to spend time with his long-distance partner. On the melancholic “Promise,” the singer-songwriter says, “[It] is a song that talks to people who are master of all trades. At one point, it’s important to choose what you want to do and sacrifice everything else to be successful in life.” The pop rock record closer “Coffee Mug” relays “how a last conversation or last coffee between a father and a daughter would go.”
Ask Chourey what he hopes people take away from the record and he says, “The songs on the EP are fun and little upbeat. I feel they are for easy listening and have no message per say, but I do feel they have a flavor of what I believe in, that is embracing every moment in life. Taking care of memories and not missing out on smaller things in the daily hustle and bustle.”
Wind In My Hair was recorded at Monkstar Studio and Crossroads Studios in Hyderabad and also at Mumbai’s Island City Studios. It was mixed by Secunderabad sound engineer Daniel Sharma and mastered by Francis Gorini at London Mastering Studio.
With a music video for “Wind In My Hair” already out, Chourey is now working on visuals for “Promise.” The singer-songwriter is also plotting a house gig tour to promote the EP. He says, “I love playing in intimate sessions as I believe that’s the best way I can connect with people.”