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A Mouthful of Sky

The fabled 90’s Madchester (not Manchester) music era is what comes to one’s mind while listening to Mumbai-based band Sky Rabbit’s music.

Written by Suanshu Khurana |
January 21, 2012 2:54:41 am

Mumbai-based band Sky Rabbit strips of all heaviness to bring out its self-titled album

The fabled 90’s Madchester (not Manchester) music era is what comes to one’s mind while listening to Mumbai-based band Sky Rabbit’s music. This was a time when music was all about angst and vowel-drawling swagger,thanks to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s conservative government that had left many unemployed. Formerly known as Medusa,the electro-alternative four piece outfit Sky Rabbit’s long due new album that released last week,borders on that style. A new moniker and several changes in the line-up later,the band’s delightfully laid back style and airy touch to the nine tracks is what gives the album Sky Rabbit (EMI) that old-world charm. The band performed in the Capital on Wednesday at Blue Frog.

“This is our first album under the new name. We have shifted from progressive metal to a mix of organic and electronic sounds and this is what you will find in the nine tracks listed in the album,” says Rakshit Tewari,the lead vocalist.

With Rahul Nadkerni on lead guitar and samples,Harsh Karangale on drums and Siddharth Shah on bass guitar,the stylised boredom of the album,what works for the album are its extremely abstract and conversational style of lyrics. “We generally jam together at home,and that is why these lyrics that don’t sound like a song but as if we are talking to each other,” says Tewari about this album that comes full of infectious beats and tunes,which is also the USP of teh album. The band is known to have worked with legendary British producer John Leckie,who is known to have produced high-profile albums for The Stone Roses,Radiohead and Pink Floyed,used two of the band’s tracks — I Become I and Hilltop as a part of British Council’s Soundpad project. Both the tracks have been included in the album.

The album opens with the Anti-Coke Ganpati,a track that comes with catchy chorus lines,followed by Oil,a simple ditty with a smooth beat and flows beautifully. Then comes March,a song with a twisted touch to the normal marching beat making a delightful song and Try with riffs that have a warmth of their own. Sweet Smile Diving is a dreamy melody.

The problem,however,is that the band has not experimented with new songs,in spite of an interesting sound. “We have sung different versions of these songs at gigs. We will look at some new songs in our next,” says Nadkerni about the album that was recorded at Yash Raj Studio in Mumbai.

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