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The indie music circuit is flooded with the season’s most-anticipated albums.

Written by Somya Lakhani | Published: April 20, 2013 12:01:02 am

TRITHA: Five years ago,when Delhi band Space took off,one voice that found many lovers was that of Tritha Sinha. Her lilting and soul-stirring notes became a regular in the indie music circuit,and in May she releases her solo album titled PaGLi. With the sweetness of the Indian classical sounds fused with the bad boy reputation of punk,the 10-track album has songs such as Macher Bajaar,Saajan and Baci Baci. “It’s a world music album and there are musicians from India and Paris who have contributed to this debut,” says Sinha,who will be touring the country to promote PaGLi.

SPOOK: Akshay Deodhar calls himself a cynic and it comes as no surprise that this Mumbai band’s debut album,that released last week,is titled Lyrical Cynic and is heavily derived from the vocalist’s personal life. With nine post-grunge,alternative rock songs such as Tainted Soul and Morning Coffee,the album is soon catching indie music fans’ fancy. “Our band’s mascot is Pedro,an owl,and the songs look at the world through his cynical eyes. He is cynical about women,life,philosophy and even the government authorities,” says Deodhar. Priced at Rs 149,this is Spook’s transition album and is more guitar-driven than their debut EP,which was all about the violin and keyboards.

PINK NOISE: For the last three years,Kolkata indie giants,Pink Noise,have been working on their debut album and come June,the band will finally release the eagerly awaited Dance of the Diaspora. Though bassist Gyan Singh is no more,this 10-track album is a treat for music aficionados,for his guitar riffs are very much a part of it. Groovy,dance-oriented,with dollops of electronica,the album is dedicated to Gyan. “He wasn’t part of the band,he was the band,” says Amyt Datta,guitarist of Pink Noise that also comprises Jayshree Singh,Jiver Singh and Monojit Datta. The songs are derived from Tamil lullabies and the album is a mix of English and Tamil. “For now,we will release it online,” says Datta.

REPTILIAN DEATH: What started off as a cheeky studio project,spoofing death metal bands in the year 2000 in Mumbai,has now metamorphosed into a serious death metal act,Reptilian Death. This transformation is being celebrated through the release of the band’s second album on May 20. The band,that comprises Sahil Makhija of Demonic Resurrection and Vinay Venkatesh of Bhayank Maut,will tour the country to promote the yet-untitled 12-track album. “We have written a story of the evolution of a being — his journey from good to evil — and all the songs are about this,” says Makhija. Expect some gory and bloody words,thrashing drumbeats and hooded artistes on stage. The album is being released under Universal India and will be priced at Rs 195.

THE LIGHTYEARS EXPLODE: Kalicharan is back and this time he is the cool guy who listens to Iggy Pop and The Ramones and has a fling with fast-tempo pop melodies. He is,after all,the main character of Mumbai band The Lightyears Explode and the inspiration behind their album The Revenge of Kalicharan,which they released in the Capital on Saturday night. “There are 10 songs in the album and they trace his experiences of one night — from the beginning to 4 am,” says Saurabh Roy,vocalist of the band. The album is priced at Rs 150 and has some interesting numbers such as I’m a Disco Dancer and Garam Dharam.

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