Oh, Rocket! Talks Future Releases
Kolkata indietronica artist Aniket Dutta is chaneling confusion and Eighties pop on his upcoming material, which includes an EP and an album
If we had one takeaway from our conversationÂ with Kolkata-based Aniket Dutta, it wouldÂ be ”“ “it’s quite confusing.” Dutta, who started hisÂ indietronica project Oh, Rocket! in late 2013 withÂ guitarist-producer Shubharun Sengupta, saysÂ his upcoming third EP ”“ called Police Science ”“Â is influenced by too many things.
Dutta has just moved house to the metropolitanÂ area of Jodhpur Park in south Kolkata andÂ started living with his girlfriend, a film producer.Â He says they’re working on two films togetherÂ and he’s working out a score, one of which isÂ an independent short film that he’s written theÂ story for and worked out a score similar to Oh,Â Rocket!’s synth-friendly vibe. He’s joined a filmÂ production house, too. Says Dutta, “That [film]Â has more impact than my own musical influences.Â But still, I’m very confused with what IÂ want to do and what I’m wanting.”
The four-track Police Science is pretty muchÂ centered around dilemma. Dutta says the EP isÂ about “not making sense” and one of the songsÂ are just about “nonsensical things,” in terms ofÂ lyrical themes. We agree, there’s probably noÂ better way to describe existing live unreleasedÂ staples such as “Common Carrot,” whichÂ finds its way on the Eighties pop-influenced,Â cinematic record. Dutta, of course, is crooningÂ his way through in his distinct R&B-esque range,Â making sure we probably don’t understand aÂ word of what he’s on about, on first listen.
Holed up in his new home studio setup, DuttaÂ has played synth, guitars and will lay downÂ vocals to have Police Science ready by October. Guitarist Shubharun Sengupta has also contributed to the EP. There’s also the long-overdue full-length recordÂ Bloomspoon, now due early next year. TheÂ album was originally intended for completion inÂ 2014, but Oh, Rocket! instead moved ahead withÂ two chill, electronica EPs – The Clouds Woke NoÂ Clocks and 2015’s Clever Clever. He adds aboutÂ the release plan this time around, “We’ll haveÂ big shows. I’ll work with a full band, but I haven’tÂ thought of who’ll be in the band yet.”
He talksÂ with uncertainty about gigs, but says it mightÂ just be what he needs. “I’m planning a tour, butÂ I do have to play gigs. It occupies most of myÂ daily habit, when I have to practice. That helps,Â actually.”