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THE ROUNDUP | 30TH JUNE 2020

by Ronojoy Sircar 30th Jun, 2020

Selections for the week courtesy Mumbai based writer, photographer, film-maker and musician, Ronojoy Sircar.

Hum – Inlet

The alt-Rock band from Champaign, Illinois, released Inlet, their fifth studio album, containing new material after 22 years. The entire album has the feeling of fading horizons unfolding, as the listener moves through it.

All In WA – Pearl Jam – Dance of the Clairvoyants

When Gigaton released in March, of this year, one was expecting a tour, and as all things came to a standstill, most musicians switched to digital forms of dissemination. As a comment on the youtube page for the video rightfully proclaims, this is “probably the closest we’re getting to a Pearl Jam show this year, but I’ll take it.”

The video aired as part of “All In WA: A Concert for COVID-19 Relief.”

Serpents of Pakhangba – Vultures

This “avant-garde” band has been fascinating to follow since their debut EP last year. The current line up comprises of Fidel Dely Murillo on Drums and Percussion, Vishal J.Singh on Guitar, Guitar-synthesizer, Manas Chowdhary on Bass, Effects and Didgeridoo and Aruna Jade on Vocals, Kazobo and Synthesizer/MIDI. The song explores the notion of greed, and corruption, at the heart of human relationships.

I Know This Place – Guy Buttery ft. Rachanachar (Mbira & Guitar Version)

South African musician Guy Buttery, collaborates with Shimla-based percussive acoustic finger-style guitarist Pranjal Uniyal aka Rachanachar to create a haunting version of the song. The Mbira, and the guitar together create layers, stretched to the point of fragility.

Joe Bel – Morenika | Sofar Montréal

Since beginning to tour through Europe in 2013, Joe Bel has continued being led by instinct, and practice. Her music is breathtaking. Morenika asks you to pause, without stopping; to form, without forming.

Emma Miller – Low Light | Sofar Inverness

Over the last few years, my fascination with the work of Scottish singer-songwriter Emma Miller has expanded into an ardent admiration. From her choice of harmonies, her chor(d)al gestures, to her beautiful lyrics, her songs have a spectacular organicity to them.

Sudan Archives: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Since “Come Meh Way” in 2017, Brittney Denise Parks/Sudan Archives, has been a regular on most of my playlists. The violin’s melodic refrains accompany, as much as her voice, and her songs have an unusual quality of effortlessness, and ease; listening to them, leads to the performance in itself.

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