Watch: Paradigm Shift’s Haunting Video for ‘Banjaara’
Mumbai-based prog/fusion rock band float ink, invoke celestial imagery and existentialism in debut video
Paradigm Shift make a dark debut with “Banjaara,” as they pack in clouds of floating ink, planetary bodies and disturbing facial deformations on the almost-seven-minute-long single.Â The video [directed by independent filmmakerÂ Srinivas Sunderrajan], sees the Mumbai prog/fusion rockÂ band step away from their previous live performances and playthroughs towards a storyline that, asÂ vocalist Kaushik Ramachandran describes, is “about how we get influenced by external things in life and lose track of what we are meant to do and who we are. Because of that, we lose our identity and become a banjaaraÂ or nomad.”
The song itself has been mixed by Bruce Soord and mastered by Steve Kitch [of prog band The Pineapple Thief], and it stays true to the band’s signatureÂ sound that they launched with their debut album Coalescence in 2012. The groove-heavy track mashes up prog metal-esque riffwork with wistful violin solosÂ but takes a more ominousÂ turnÂ around four-and-a-half minutes in–the band members’ faces distortÂ as they launch intoÂ a menacing breakdown.
Paradigm Shift–which comprisesÂ Ramachandran, guitarists Chinmay Agharkar andÂ Desikan Gopalan, violinist Ajay Jayanthi, bassist Ariel SamsonÂ and drummerÂ Aamir Ismail Shaikh–are currently working on their second album Sammukh, which is due later this year.