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On a lonely rainy day,when solitude and silence are the only companions and the kohl-lined eyes keep looking at the door,waiting for someone,stream this nine-and-a-half track album,Till You Appear. Bengaluru-based act Sulk Stations debut album is dark,depressing,addictive,haunting,trippy and mysterious even if its on repeat for a week. And,as Rahul Giri,one part of Sulk Station,emphasises,There are nine-and-a-half songs the first track,Pause,is just an intro.
Comprising 29-year-old Giri and 24-year-old Tanvi Rao,Till You Appear was launched on March 9 in Bengaluru and the duo will promote the album at the MAD Festival in Ooty today,in Pune on April 15 and in Delhi on May 2. The album is available on their webpage and has been released under The Allseeing label.
Its difficult to box Sulk Stations music in one particular genre from bits of trip hop to shades of post-dubstep sound to a tinge of Hindustani classical music and psychedelic mixing the band seems to be one of the tightest outfits in the indie music scene at this time. Sometimes,we just call it dance music, says Giri with a laugh,almost tired of explaining the genre in words.
I have been training in Hindustani classical music,on and off,for about a decade. And when I was in college,I was part of the choir and learnt the keyboard, says Rao. She also pens down all the lyrics and adds,This is all me in poetry. Giri mixes the music and composes it. While we were putting the album together,we realised that all the songs were about waiting and yearning. Thats the main theme and Till you Appear is a line from one of our songs called Wait, says Giri. The album comprises songs that the duo has been composing and performing for the last two years.
Formed in 2009 and thus,relatively new in the indie sub-culture,Sulk Station has gained an impressive fan following online. Till six months ago,we never thought about releasing an album; all our music is available online. We were making music just because we wanted to. Also,theres very little opportunity in Bengaluru for alternative music, says Giri.
The music is tempting and one actually craves for it. Take Bindya,for instance,the sound of ghunghroos,Rao whispering Hindustani classical bols,the repetitive lyrics maathjey ki bindiya bikhar gai and the increase in tempo midway its one of the best tracks in the album.
So is the dirge-like feel that PiyaII has in the beginning. And then there is Confession,which explores Raos western vocal prowess.
Go on a holiday alone to the hills and travel light with this music.