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Mumbai Singer-Songwriter Raul Braganza Pens A Rock Tribute on ‘Better Place’

The artist’s debut single stems from the loss of his nephew and godson

Rolling Stone India Aug 05, 2021

Mumbai singer-songwriter Raul Braganza. Photo: Courtesy of the artist

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Mumbai-based Raul Braganza channels surging rock that stays true to ballads by artists like Bon Jovi and Guns N’ Roses on his debut single “Better Place,” which has a heartbreaking tale at its center.

Braganza mentions that the song was written following the “incomprehensible loss” of his three-month-old nephew Ian D’Lima-Varma in March this year. Braganza adds in a statement, “The loss of a loved one makes you experience a pain that cannot be fully explained in words. My entire family felt this pain […] We miss him deeply and he will be forever loved – our Ian was perfect.”

Invoking lyrics which express pain and sorrow but also consolation that they will meet in heaven, Braganza called on Nashville producer Simon Reid to create the soaring rock track. With a hymnal quality to it throughout, Braganza also gained inputs from seasoned artist Samantha Noella for “Better Place.”

The singer-songwriter has also framed the track’s meaning in the larger context of the pandemic and widespread loss of lives. “The last 16 months or so have shown us how fragile life is. No matter when or how we lose someone, the pain we go through can feel almost debilitating. However, while trying to come to terms with such a loss, there is always comfort in the knowledge that we will reunite with our loved ones in a ‘Better Place.’ And so, while this song stems from a deep, personal loss, the feeling I’d like to leave listeners with, is one of hope,” Braganza adds.

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Listen to “Better Place” below. Stream on more platforms here.

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