Tankbund Release Debut Album
The Delhi electronica group will launch the 15-track album next week
When you sit down to hear Delhi electronica/ambient band Tankbundâ€™s debut full-length album, Tankbund [which released digitally last week], itâ€™s a trip just like vocalist-keyboardist Ritwik De describes it to be â€“ starting off with light and lush sounds, before moving into a darker, noisier spectrum by the time the sixth song, â€œLimbo,â€ kicks in. Their penultimate number called â€œThe Dissembler,â€ which leans on industrial and trip hop, was the bandâ€™s first-ever video which was shot as part of the Tehelka Music Project last year.Â Says De, â€œWe just wanted to make a band with no guitars and explore a new sound.â€
Formed in 2011 while its members where studying at Sri Venkateswara College in Delhi, Tankbund comprises three keyboardists and vocalists â€“ De [from alt/psychedelic rock band MindFlew and indie rock band Caesars of the Green], Subhadra Kamath [from alternative rock band Fire Exit], bassist Rohit Bhattacharya [from prog metal band Guillotine], drummer Ujjwal Kumar [from Caesars of the Green] and vocalist/keyboardist Radha Priya. They made made their stage debut in April this year. â€œThatâ€™s when we got sure of how to pull it off live. Itâ€™s a big setup, samples and five or six keyboards, so weâ€™re still getting used to it,â€ says De, who plans to launch Tankbund on July 11th at Imperfecto in Hauz Khas Village, playing songs off their 15-track album.
Following the trip from light to noisier sounds onÂ Tankbund, the album closes with a reprise of their third track, â€œReverie,â€ a bonus track called â€œOpen,â€ and a â€˜hidden trackâ€™ which features more random play with a ukulele, samplers and keyboards in the style of British electronica duo, Zero 7.Â â€œWeâ€™d been writing this for a while, and every album should have that sense of collectiveness, instead of just being a compilation of songs,â€ says De.Â
Tankbund was released on the bandâ€™s Bandcamp page for limited download, which De says ran out within two days. â€œWe didnâ€™t anticipate downloads to go that fast. Weâ€™ll be putting up the album in full on YouTube soon, and if people want to do the piracy thing, itâ€™s cool,â€ says De, who adds the album will be released on CD â€œeventually,â€ after the songs go through a second round of mastering.
Watch Tankbund perform “The Dissembler”Â