Music

Blood Cultures’ “Broadcasting” Asks Questions without Answers

November 25, 2019

Blood Cultures, an experimental outfit that chooses to keep its individuals anonymous, dropped the video for their single “Broadcasting,”directed by Saleem Barbados, last week. The track, taken off their most recent album Oh Uncertainty! A Universe Despairs, tackles the question of dual identity – how does one work themselves into the in-between? While the whole … Read More

Kapil Seshasayee Critiques a Bollywood Trope with “The Item Girl”

November 20, 2019

Kapil Seshasayee, a Scottish multi-instrumentalist and songwriter previously known for his work critiquing caste, released a video for his latest single “The Item Girl” this month. The song and video call into question the item girl trope in Bollywood movies in which young women are overly-sexualized and employed as props. Seshasayee described the item girl … Read More

FLTY BRGR GRL’s “Be My Boy” is an Ode to Crushes Everywhere

November 11, 2019

Oslo-based girl band FLTY BRGR GRL debuted their first single “Be My Boy” last week. The song captures the feeling of crushing on someone a little too hard, playing with the line between sweet and creepy vibes. “I just really like that gray area between being really charming and having a cute crush on someone, … Read More

Qais Essar Processes the Past on Letters to My Best Friend

October 28, 2019

Qais Essar talks about his music as a kind of telepathy. Not limited by lyrics that signal specificity, the award-winning rabab composer and musician is able to develop a different kind of conversation, a voice that goes beyond concepts to something deeper. He communicates on a different plane. On his new EP, Letters to My … Read More

Ashou Sings About Hope at the End of the World in “New Beginnings”

October 3, 2019

The new single by New York-based Ashou, released September 2019 and aptly called “New Beginnings,” is a catchy, dreamy song that feels like driving with the windows down to take a break from a doomed society. “Listen to the evening news / Prophet of atrocities / Please turn off the television” – this is a … Read More

For Ananya Birla, Not a “Day Goes By” Without Gratitude

October 1, 2019

Ananya Birla met Sean Kingston by chance at a cafe in Mumbai. Birla, known for being the first Indian musician with an English single to go platinum, introduced herself to Kingston and he quickly invited her to open for him at his upcoming show in Goa. Their collaboration continued from there and resulted in Kingston … Read More

Humeysha Adds Space to Sound with “Nusrat on the Beach”

September 10, 2019

Following last month’s new EP, Humeysha released a video for single “Nusrat on the Beach” this week. The video, like the song, carves out a dreamscape in which Zain Alam, the artist behind musical project Humeysha, considers possible futures. Directed by photographer and filmmaker Hannah Claire Baker, the video pairs vibrant colors with soft reflections, … Read More

Leo Kalyan’s Escapism is His Resistance

August 23, 2019

Leo Kalyan is thrown off by time zones. He was early to the interview, waiting by the phone an hour before the call, having miscalculated the time difference. He asked about daylight savings⁠—does the US have the same system as the UK? Given Kalyan’s music, this mix-up makes perfect sense. His latest single, “time can … Read More

Keerat Kaur’s Pink Guava Is the Perfect Refreshment for This Hot Summer

August 19, 2019

In a time where nostalgia is at a high, there is no shortage of old Bollywood covers. The problem with most of these covers, however, is that many artists and producers fail to retain the integrity of the original songs. Keerat Kaur’s new EP Pink Guava doesn’t suffer from this problem. Kaur and producer Wisechild … Read More

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