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Watch Uddipan Break Into A Jig in Carefree ‘Jhoom Le’ Video

The frontman of post-rock band aswekeepsearching takes a pop turn on his latest, roping in producer Arsh Sharma aka FuzzCulture

Anurag Tagat Feb 12, 2022

Uddipan Sarmah. Photo: Courtesy of the artist

While he’s often exhibiting an intense side to himself with his band aswekeepsearching, guitarist-vocalist and producer Uddipan Sarmah has been markedly different with his solo project. People may expect a familiar ambient-informed sound from Sarmah – and we’ve heard that with singles like “Puhor” – but his latest song “Jhoom Le” is a total pop turn, complete with earworm-potential vocal hooks and all.

Created in 2020 as a way to dispel the stress that the pandemic invited, Sarmah was also inspired by the wisdom imparted in psychologist Dr. Edith Eger’s bestseller The Choice: Embrace the Possible. “It was one of the first books I started reading, in 2020 to be honest. The year changed my ways to consume art – books, film and art and also music,” he says. It shook him out of moroseness and turned him in the total opposite direction – he wanted to make joyous music that can get people moving. Uddipan describes the vibe, “You’ve just woken up to see the sky – you’re alive and that’s beautiful. I imagine an old daadu [uncle] singing it to me.”

Appropriately enough, we see an elderly gentleman and a middle-aged woman get all decked up in the music video for “Jhoom Le,” directed by Chitrangada Satarupa and shot by Rusha Bose. It’s a Zoom party and Uddipan first appears stern-faced at finding the two dancing, but joins in soon enough. “I’m projecting a different vibe of me. There was a doubt and it’s still there but I’m coming to terms with it,” he adds about releasing the track and music video.

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Complete with “la la la” and “zu zu zu” intonations, “Jhoom Le” sees Sarmah dive right into radio-friendly pop territory, aided by producer Arsh Sharma. Helming electronic-rock act FuzzCulture and previously from experimental rock band The Circus, the artist says he connected with Sharma as a person first and that was important. “Arsh being the producer, he broke the song down and said this [“La la la/ Zu zu zu”] should be the chorus […]  He said, ‘Why not do full pop?’ Everything I’m doing with my solo project makes me imagine things completely different. I’m making all efforts to accept it and try it. I strongly believe I’ll never know if I never release these songs.”

The duo have worked on four songs together and another collaborator for Sarmah’s solo material is producer Sarvagya Sharma aka Resonare, a friend from Ahmedabad. “I have a couple of other songs where it’s only me with my guitar and voice. I wish to release it as an EP in the monsoon. It’s not too production-heavy and I’m enjoying reading fiction at the moment. I want to write from that aspect in my lyrics,” Sarmah says.

Watch the video for “Jhoom Le” below. Stream on more platforms here. Join Uddipan on Discord.

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