Exclusive Release: Mumbai Band Duncun Rufus Drop New Album ‘The Folds Galore’
Vocalist/co-producer Lima Yanger on why it took the band seven years to release their second record after ‘Carte Blanche’
It is perhaps Lima Yanger’s closest buddies that can’t contain their excitement at the release The Folds Galore, the musician’s latest album with his alt rock band Duncus Rufus. The pals have been teased way too long – for over seven years and across several house parties where the musician would often reveal a new tune or two after a couple of beers. Since 2012, in the Yanger household, ‘Lima’s next album’ has drawn as much anticipation and fascination as the exquisite Naga pork he is famous for whipping up. Yanger owed The Folds Galore to his loyal friends, if not to himself, I joke. He laughs, saying, “I never thought of it like that.” So what took the band so long? “Self doubt… life… other projects and a small dose of procrastination,” says Yanger, who many would remember from his yesteryear bands Bliss Logic and Sleeping Buddha.
Duncus Rufus’s debut album Carte Blanche came out in 2013 on Times Music. The new nine-track album is pure DIY, and packs in equal parts nostalgia and novelty. Yanger is at his songwriter best on The Folds Galore, bringing his lyrical decadence over unpretentious melodies. Co-produced by him and Gaute Johannesen, it features a bevy of session musicians — Vinay Lobo, Hitesh Dhutia and Mohit Mukhi on the guitar, JD and Sonu Sangameswaram on the bass.
Each song on the album also has its own music video (they’re all up on YouTube), painstakingly pieced together by Yanger over the past few months. “The first criteria was to source royalty free footage on the Internet. After that, it was literally a week of video making. I have no clue how it happened, to be honest. It’s a bit of a cop-out, but yeah.”
The video for one of the songs “Rum n Coke” is intriguing – it’s basically camcorder footage of a series of debaucheries from foreign lands. “Oh, that one was special one. My brother had sent me a home video of some Eighties kids partying in the US. And the moment I watched it, I just knew it would be perfect for the track. So I wrote to the guy asking for permission the dude actually wrote back. A big thank you is owed to Len Elders for the footage.”
Listen to The Folds Galore by Duncun Rufus: