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Dualist Inquiry’s debut full-length album,Doppelganger,has been released under a new label for free download.

Dualist Inquiry’s debut full-length album,Doppelganger,has been released under a new label for free download.

One of the most tell-tale signs that a gig by musician Sahej Bakshi’s solo project Dualist Inquiry is in progress is the gaggle of adoring women that fill the first couple of rows at most of its shows. On Friday night,at the launch of its debut full-length album in Mumbai,Doppelganger,with a gig at Blue Frog,fans came in hordes and packed the Lower Parel venue to capacity.

Since his debut three years ago,Delhi-based Dualist Inquiry has been one of Indian electronica’s favourite acts. But until Friday,the one thing missing was an LP. His gig at Blue Frog marked the beginning of a 10-city tour to support this album,and was the first showing of Bakshi’s new,live audio-visual set-up,the Doppelganger Rig.

Bakshi played his two-hour-long set from inside this 9×13 feet projection mapping rig built for the tour. Cubes of different shapes made up the rig,and animation and visuals were projected onto these,providing some very interesting accompaniments to the new tunes.

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The band will be launching their much-awaited album,The Doppelganger Rig in the city on March 22,8.30 pm onwards. They will be performing on a custom built-from-stratch 3D projection mapping set-up,which will feature original animated content and synchronised visuals at High Sprits,Koregaon Park.

The nine-track album occasionally sounds like the music off his first EP,Dualism,and at other times is hugely different. The song One More Thing,for instance,seems almost entirely like it’s meant to be a continuation of this previous record. Then,there are tracks such as Blitzkrieg and Anathema,which manage to retain the sound fans have grown to associate with Bakshi.

The trademark guitar continues to remind listeners that his roots lie in rock music,and the experimentation with various genres of dance music reaffirm that electronica is what Bakshi does best. The happy dance tunes he gave fans with all his previous work continue with Doppelganger. Interestingly,Bakshi has chosen to launch this album not with an existing record label,but his own,new Dualism Records. The idea is for the label to be a platform for “weird indie electronica”,and under it,all albums will be released for free download,as Doppelganger is.