Pritam - Barfi! (2012) Bon Iver - Bon Iver (2011) Advaita - The Silent Sea (2012) Akalé Wubé - Mata (2012) Sneha Khanwalkar - Gangs of Wasseypur Parts 1 & 2 (2012) Jeff Buckley - Grace (1994) Jack White - Blunderbuss (2012)
summer holiday period meant getting away from routine. while this has been greatly beneficial to me, music discovery has had a setback. so what records have been regulars on my phone lately?
for sure, there’s been Bon Iver thanks to their concert in Lyon a month ago. my love-hate relationship with delhi-based band Advaita has finally come to an end. Jack White’s debut album has found its rightful place on my shelves, and Jeff Buckley’s only record has found its rightful place in my heart.
the real discovery has been the Parisian band of youngsters Akalé Wubé who are having their take on the golden age of Ethiopian music. their new album Mata is of high standards.
then comes Sneha Khanwalkar, the girl who has overturned Bollywood by scoring the music for Anurag Kashyap epic 2-parts movie Gangs of Wasseypur. a movie that spans from the ’40s till today needed lots of experimenting from her part, which she did by travelling to the state of Bihar and even to Trinidad & Tobago. a score that ranges from traditional folk music to dubstep needs celebrating.
the last entry is newly released Barfi! composed by Pritam. this is his best work since Life in a Metro and that’s again thanks to the director Anurag Basu. a good choice of refreshing voices, no remixes apart from a modern ghazal reprise… i haven’t been impressed by an entire Indian movie record since A.R. Rahman’s Rockstar.
so this was the music i’ve been rambling about during the last 3 months. the coming months will be as ineffective as i’ll be setting out on a challenge. more on that later. for sure, the new Grizzly Bear album will be a part of it.