Music review: Swarathma (Indipop)

Indian Ocean? Junoon? Euphoria? All rolled into one with a college band’ish rough edge! Beyond all the hype of being the band that won Radiocity’s Best Hindi Band hunt, the tracks that really worked for me include the reggae-tinged Jaana kahan, the ‘c’mon-that’s-Euphoria’ Pyaar ke rang, the very imaginative guitar in Patte saare and the meaningful words and earthy sound of Pyaasi. It’s an impressive debut album no doubt, but with a derisively limited maturity in the compositions than Vasu’s more accomplished brother, Raghu Dixit. While Swarathma crackles with energy in a live performance, without the show, they seem constrained.

PS: Swarathma comprises of Vasu Dixit (vocals, rhythm guitar), Varun (guitars), Sanjeev Nayak (violins), Montry Manuel (drums), Jishnu Dasgupta (bass) and Pavan Kumar (percussions). Kudos to the fabulous CD concept and design by Vasu Dixit.

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