Watch Anoushka Maskey’s Idyllic Video for New Song ‘September Embers’
The track follows the Mumbai/Sikkim singer-songwriter’s 2020 EPs ‘Things I Saw in a Dream’ and ‘C.E.A.S.E.’
When we last spoke to Mumbai/Sikkim singer-songwriter Anoushka Maskey earlier this year, the musician was in a dilemma as to what to release next. At the time, she had just put out her two EPs, Things I Saw in a Dream and C.E.A.S.E. After much deliberation, the artist decided to drop a new single, the captivating “September Embers.”
The track came to Maskey one September morning while sipping coffee and doodling on her guitar. The song opens with bright acoustic strumming and a melodic guitar hook before we hear light percussion, a subtle bass groove and the singer-songwriter’s blissful vocals. According to the artist, “September Embers” delves deep into her personal life. She says, “I realized that the more honestly I would grow with my music, the more transparent I would start becoming to my listeners. I had to come to terms with how big a part of my life I was getting ready to expose.”
Although Maskey started to question herself about releasing the song and being so open, she counts the track as a milestone in putting herself out there. With the song already receiving a positive response on social media, the singer-songwriter hopes that it makes a difference to people in whatever capacity. She says, “While I am more than open to give people my narrative of what the song is about, I know that it is going to mean different things to different people. That is what I look forward to; sharing my story, and hearing others.”
The singer-songwriter continued to work with her go-to Mumbai-based producer Pranay Bakshi aka Cosmic Grooves on the song and also roped in bassist Sahil Mathew to play on it. After hearing the first mix of the song Bakshi sent her, Maskey says, “I remember talking to Pranay about how much smoother our workflow was becoming with every project and how we were only becoming better equipped with expressing ourselves musically.”
“September Embers” has also been given a beautiful visual to go with it by video editor Swapnoneal Chatterjee and typographer Hunaid Nagaria. Shot during her travels around Sikkim and Darjeeling, Maskey wanted to create a contrast to the moody lyrics with lush countryside greenery, open fields and beautiful mountains while performing the song. She says, “The composition comes inspired from a dark time and a dark place in my heart. So, this contrast is a representation of the way I carried myself, masking a heavy mind and emotions that I did not want to share with the world.”
Watch the music video for “September Embers” below and stream the song on other platforms.