Listening to: Air India



Air India's debut E.P. is never one thing or the other.

It's not overtly one genre or some other ostentatious experimentation.

Secret MachineĀ EP


It's the sound of full collaboration - where each element gets space to shine upon the stage of a song that is balanced in its craft - Nothing outshines anything. You would call this, not pop... not rock... There's smoothness to it, but it's not easy-listening; it jangles and shines with driving rhythms under wavy, charging guitar riffs with healthy splashes of surfy-reverb, but it's not cribbing college-rock radio nostalgia. It's just, hmm, representative?

The lovely lead vocals in their lilting melodies, conjuring dream-pop's lullaby-leaning balladry as it leans upon the shuffling groove of the bass; you can hear the understated guitar phrasing trading off respective augmentations with those chiming pianos or humming organs, each in support of the other's accentuated solos or a more soaring, fx-dazzled dab of atmospherics.

I find the interplay of "Sleepyhead" to be the most intriguing, take a listen:

It's out on January 14th. More info here


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