Listen: Instrumental Rockers Submarine In Spaceâ€™s Debut Album â€˜Wavelengthsâ€™
The New Delhi group showcases everything from blues to psychedelic rock on their six-track release
Ask New Delhi guitarist Abhishek Mittal what are the key elements for an instrumental band to succeed and he says, â€œTwo things which I feel are really important is the melody and the groove.â€ And those are the exact spots that Mittalâ€™s instrumental rock group Submarine In Space have aced on their recently released debut six-track album,Â Wavelengths.
Formed in late 2015, Submarine In Space comprises Mittal, keyboardist Raaed Ehsan Azim, bassist Madhur Chaudhary, drummer Vaibhav Ahuja and violinist-flautist Sayan Sinha. â€œIt took us a while to get the sound but I am extremely happy with the way its turned out now,â€ says Mittal. The guitarist explains that the bandâ€™s writing process is very simple, he says, â€œVaibhav comes up with a groove and that becomes the bedrock over which all of us add our own elements and individual characters.â€
Wavelengths ranges from the bluesy â€œPrince Of Rumadaâ€ to the lively fusion track â€œ83.83â€ to the soaring â€œJamilahnâ€ to the melodic â€œMeraki.â€ On â€œIncenseâ€ the band show off their jazz sensibilities while on album closer â€œTake Offâ€ the group channel a more modern pop-rock sound. Â â€œThe album speaks about people from different time eras which are connected through a medium which we have taken as water,â€ explains Mittal.Â Ever wondered how an instrumental band names their songs? Mittal says, â€œWe are really influenced by music from other parts of the world, for instance, â€˜Jamilahnâ€™ is an Arab word which means â€˜a beautiful melody.â€™ We always name the songs after we have composed them.â€
Submarine In Space are currently on tour to promote the record with shows at Bengaluruâ€™s Bflat Bar and Puneâ€™s High Spirits CafÃ© coming up this week. After their tour, the band donâ€™t plan on wasting time and want to keep the momentum going by starting work on their follow up to Wavelengths, says Mittal, â€œWe have already started writing tunes, probably another album in the coming year.â€