New Music: From New Delhi Prog to Tamil Rock and More
This month, we round up tunes from synth artist Granular, rock/metal band Overhung and electronic producer Layerâ€™s collaboration with singer K.C. Loy
â€˜Siriusâ€™ by ArrowBridge
Rather quietly and on his own time, New Delhi-based guitarist Karthik Ram took his studio project ArrowBridge to the level of a competing band and began working on proggy songs that not only tipped their hat to the likes of Porcupine Tree and Devin Townsend, but also went one step ahead and involved musicians close to his idols. The nine-track debut album Sirius features Porcupine Tree guitarist John Wesley (â€œAn Ideaâ€), multi-instrumentalist Dave Young (part of the Devin Townsend Project) on the galloping â€œHappyâ€ and French extreme metallers Betraying the Martyrsâ€™ guitarist Lucas Dâ€™Angelo on the tabla-infused â€œTelangana.â€ Top-notch guests aside, Sirius stands on its own as a diverse record, even if they donâ€™t stray too far from familiar prog territory.
â€˜Empty Spacesâ€™ by Granular
Kolkata-based producer and synth artist Diptendu Das has released his first collection of songs as Granular. Apart from his love for modular synthesis, Das roams ambient and cinematic soundscapes on the six-track Empty Spaces. He likens it to diving into a vast ocean, starting with â€œVisibilityâ€ and building up to a hypnotic beat on â€œUnknownâ€ and â€œNow I Try To Know.â€ Blips and a poignant piano run through â€œExplorer,â€ â€œ10000 Feet Downâ€ and by the end of it, thereâ€™s a happier, joyful tone on â€œOnly Empty Spaces.â€
â€œThedadheyâ€ by Oorka
Their first single since the release of their 2016 self-titled debut, Chennai-based rock band Oorka get funky, laidback and almost nostalgic on their smooth yet emphatic â€œThedadhey.â€ Part of Sony Musicâ€™s South Indian song series 7UP Madras Gig, Oorka amp up on a song (â€œThedadheyâ€ translates to â€œstop searchingâ€) about quests and introspection. Within two weeks of its release, the video has racked up over two million views, which can only be a shot in the arm for the Chennai rockers.
â€œKing of Dreamsâ€ by Overhung
Indo-American rockers Overhung have also returned with their first release since a full-length album. After Moving Ahead released in 2016, the Mumbai band signed up with American label Test Your Metal Records, who reissued the album in North America earlier this year. â€œKing of Dreams,â€ however, furthers their glam metal influences, making for an anthemic thumper.
â€œFloatingâ€ by Layer ft KC Loy
Whittled down from its six-minute simmering original cut, Mumbai-based producer Chaitanya Bulusu aka Layerâ€™s latest collaboration is the two-and-a-half minute version of â€œFloating,â€ a spectral take featuring vocalist K.C. Loy, who also doubles up as director for the music video that dabbles in visual metaphors of entrapment and fate.