Indian Music

The beauty of our current technology means that world music has never been more accessible, so set your eyes on the far East and walk the lands of Indian music. Music is the cheapest way to travel to another land excluding being forced to slog through a scrapbook by your aunt of her '60s and Single' cruise vacation. But at least with songs you get to fast forward or walk away. If you do that with your, aunt you risk losing your inheritance and those Christmas sweater gifts that make you the envy of the colorblind and socially handicapped. Instead use your ears and travel inside your mind where the snacks don't cost and there aren't any little kids to kick your seat.

  1. Remo Fernandes. With the track "Huiya Ho" any preconceptions of what Indian music sounds like you might have will slough off and be kicked under the couch. Remo Fernandes doesn't just sing the song; he gives it life like all true musicians do. The music and his voice both feel alive and vibrant, neither paling compared to the other as they both help each other reach for the sun. With an apparent lack of restriction, Fernandes plays with his voice and makes it the instrument that cannot be ignored. He doesn't abuse this power within his songs, rather he knows he has a responsibility to deliver to the listener something special and he does that time and time again.
  2. Anayampatti S. Ganesan. Ganesan's music is raw with sharp edges that cut and jar and make you sit up and pay attention to what he's doing in Indian music. Pro Tools and auto tuning might as well exist in another dimension here as Anayampatti Ganesan plays music with a reverence that borders on fervor and it will affect you like nothing you've listened to before. Feel the quiet roar in the build up of the track "Manasa Sancharare" like the green sky before a powerful storm comes sweeping down upon you.
  3. Trilok Gurtu. Experimental music but without the shame of enduring hours of interpretive mime dance with kazoos because you really wanted to show how adaptable and open you are to your new girlfriend. Ignore that dead in six months tops relationship and instead let Trilok Gurtu show you why experimental sounds can be music without any pain to your psyche. Gurtu has massive talent whether he is taking on jazz or breaking free to make music that is hard to cram into a genre. With "The Beat of Love" he shows no favoritism to any instrument or to his cadence, instead relying on pure talent to craft each song and thusly making each song its own story without having to be part of a greater whole. This is Indian music spreading its wings and heading straight into the sky. His voice is incredibly calming so beware of operating heavy machinery or using him to get revved before the triathlon.
  4. R. Prasanna. Guitar in hand, Prasanna takes on Indian music and finds the melting point at which the two become one. With a skill that shows off a deep love for the traditions within Indian music, Prasanna and his guitar let you view both the past and the present as one long note. "Shobillu" is a catapult for your brain, launching it down the path to a new appreciation of this world music and its place in the world today. Loving respect meets a new mentality with Prasanna and everyone gets awarded.
  5. Blaaze. Rap gets an all new wave of instruments with Indian music and Blaaze takes full advantage of this cornucopia. Sometimes the instruments mesh perfectly and other times they seem a bit out of place in "Yogi Yogi Thaan" but it's a valuable lesson in how someone is influenced by the music they grew up with, no matter what nation gave it birth. If music were always perfect there would be no need to pay attention to it so enjoy the wins and the losses as you add some Indian rap to your library.



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