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Premiere: Colorblind Gets Shoegazing on ‘Wormtamer’

The Pune-based instrumental rock artist is out with this first new song since 2019 album ‘Post Modern Holocaust’

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Anurag Tagat May 01, 2020

Pune-based instrumental artist Colorblind aka Kartik Mishra. Photo: Courtesy of the artist

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Just under a year of releasing his 2019 album Post Modern Holocaust, New Delhi-bred and Pune-based instrumental rock act Colorblind aka Kartik Mishra is out with a caustic lo-fi shoegaze song called “Wormtamer.”

Inspired by his work as a sculptor and artist, Mishra says the song was “written on a pathetic and dull Sunday afternoon, after excessive consumption of [Parisian avant-garde composer] Erik Satie, [post-punk band] Joy Division and [noise rock band] Sonic Youth.” While Colorblind has had a prolific run since 2017 — releasing three EPs and two albums exploring post-rock and experimental rock — Mishra says he was “musically saturated” following the writing, recording and release of Post Modern Holocaust last year. “Wormtamer,” in its fast paced drumming, imposing basslines and swirling guitars, is the only track that Mishra has written so far. “I soon got busy with my paintings and other art projects,” he says.

While there was a sculpture that Mishra made to accompany the track as artwork, he called on regular collaborator and fellow visual artist Sajid Wajid Shaikh to create a striking piece that references scenes from fantasy film The Holy Mountain by seminal filmmaker, artist and writer Alejandro Jodorowsky. Mishra says, “As soon as the track was done, I sent it over to Sajid for a listen and knowing my love for Jodorowsky’s art, he created this exquisite art piece for the track.”

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With the first song out this year, Mishra says there is likely to be more Colorblind material this year, even as he hints at a “few other projects.” The guitarist-composer adds, “I surely want to release more music this year or maybe early next year, just waiting for some motivation.”

Listen to “Wormtamer” below. 

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