Sunday, May 22, 2016

Deftones - Koi No Yokan

The 2012 offering from Deftones continues in the direction that Chino Moreno has been driving their music since their self-titled release in 2003. Fans of the vocal style of Chino Moreno in early albums like Adrenaline and Around the Fur will only see glimpses of it here. But not to fear! There are tracks on this one that rival the best riffs from the early material. The guitars are layered beautifully and will demand multiple listens to fully sink in. There's so much going on. The first 6 tracks feel almost like a single track with things taking a surprising turn on the 7th track "Tempest", with the band venturing into their most doom/space/shoegaze territory yet, all layered on top of Chino's painfully honest screaming, the most intense vocal display I've heard of his. Can't wait to listen to the album "Gore", that they released last month.

On a side note, I hope Chino and Zach Hill do collaborate once more and give us another Team Sleep release! Also, could please Deftones and James Maynard Keenan get together to create another track like Passenger?!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Metal EPs

My favourite EPs in no order of preference.

  • Mastodon - Lifesblood -
    • This EP introduces the world to Brann Dailor's drumming in all its glory. While his collaborations with Today is the Day and some other acts were good, he takes it to the next level on this EP. I wish Mastodon releases something inspired by this in the future just for fans of their early material.

Monday, May 09, 2016

The Dust Brothers

I've been listening to the movie score of Fight Club for more than a decade now. It's one of the finest pieces of electronic music ever composed. A few months ago, I stumbled upon Paul's Boutique, the album The Dust Brothers produced for The Beastie Boys in 1989. It features some of the most creative sampling work ever. They've also produced the album Odelay by the almighty Beck!

Color Haze

I can't remember if I wrote about Color Haze here. Their 2008 release All  in my opinion is one of the most refreshing modern takes on what used to be called Stoner Rock in the 90s. Elements of psychedelic, jam, stoner are brought together perfectly, on top of an almost Indian-Classical like underlying rhythm. Enjoy the journey on YouTube:

Sunday, April 03, 2016


It's been forever since I've posted on here. A list of albums I find myself coming back to always, in no order (since around 2005 when I discovered most of these. I've only picked one album per band except in the case of the band Death).

Some more recent discoveries (since around 2010), which have been up for regular repeat listenings:

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


I've started composing some music. The first song is kind of ready. Its called Curious and can be found at slacksuite. Thanks to my good friend Vikas for writing the drum track for the song.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Leaving Home - The Life and Music of Indian Ocean

I finally got the movie. Don't ask how! The movie is everything that I expected it to be and much more. Indian Ocean is a band that has been through a long and arduous journey before they found mainstream credit. The movie takes us through the memory lane of the band right from their childhood, to the early 80s when the band was conceived through to the present day.
It's interesting to see the band members and their family members talk about their backgrounds and the process of discovering their sound. We also get to see ex-band members whose words leave no doubt in the viewer's mind that Sushmit Sen (guitars) and the late Asheem Chakravarty (vocals, percussion) always believed in their music, although the band was never taken seriously until much later in their career. It wasn't until they met Rahul Ram (vocals, bass) and Amit Kilam (drums, keyboards) that they became a formidable musical unit that was able to fuse traditional Indian folk music with improvisational tendencies of jam bands in a manner that has never been done before. The band draws its inspiration from sources as diverse as the tribes of Narmada valley, the folk music of Rajasthan, Kashmir, Bihar, Assam and interprets the music in a manner that is uniquely Indian Ocean.
The movie not only talks about the band but also indirectly brings to focus the things that are wrong with the music scene in the country. It is almost painful to see the band talk about them getting rejected by every record label that they approached, because a record executive felt their music was not a product that'd make millions through mass sales. Sushmit narrates an incident when he went to the UK in hope of finding takers for their music. There too he was rejected because they weren't an authentic "Indian" band - in the sense that they use guitars and bass instead of more traditional Indian instruments. That was when the band had decided to release the album on their own. It is also interesting to know that Desert Rain, the first album of the band, is also the first and probably the only live album release of an Indian band until now. Sadly the movie didn't do much to widen the audience of their music, but it has set a trend for things to follow. Hopefully more such movies see the light of day!