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As We Keep Searching-Growing Suspicions(E.P)

As We Keep Searching-Growing Suspicions(E.P)
  1. The Tattva
  2. In Circles
  3. Shimmer of Light
  4. When Will They Talk?
  5. Banshee
  6. Aakorxon
  7. The Tattva (LEROI Remix)
  8. Aakorxon (LEROI Remix)
  • Band / Artist As We Keep Searching
  • Genre Post Rock/Ambient/Indie
  • Label Independent
  • Year 2014
  • Format Album
Rating 8/10

New post-rockers on the block from Ahmedabad As We Keep Searching are out with their very dramatic debut EP ‘Growing Suspicions’. The theme revolves around the modern man, caught in a conflict between destroying nature, failing on responsibilities and still daring to dream for a better future. Sounds heavy, but the band backs it up with intense guitar portions and spaced out vocals by frontman and guitarist/vocalist Uddipan Sarmah. Alongside, the album features Shawn Gurung on keys and Ashwin Naidu on percussions and is produced at the BlueTree Studios.

 

For a debut EP, Growing Suspicions has all the elements of a decent post rock sound, and dollops of drama and emotions to go with it. Push it in your playlists driving to and from work, or better, on a weekend trip, and run the risk of looking dazed and lost. But who cares, you may be doing a little soul-searching in that time. With eight tracks packed in a little over 40 minutes, the melodies run deep, the vocals are earthly sounding, and electronic effects come in too.

 

EP opener The Tattva was released in December last year and has all the elements of a terrific EP starter – melodious instrumentation, intense vocals and an engaging riff. In Circles has mellow guitar parts and vocals before launching into an onslaught towards the latter half of the song. Over to the quieter and instrumental pieces, Shimmer of Light is an atmospheric track that speaks of hope and longing amidst the chaos. When Will They Talk is another slow track with the keyboards driving the melody. Banshee is a signature ambient track which takes a break in the middle and picks up again with upbeat percussion and bass structures. In addition, the band breaks a tiny few Indian indie norms by including two remixes in the set, scoring high on the atmospheric components.

 

The tracks sound a little repetitive, but you can give it to the band for exploiting their new found sound completely on debut. More variety in chords and sound, and much more diverse lyrics would naturally follow. As for the listener, it’s time for some self-introspection with good melodies! 

 

Picks off the album: The Tattva, When Will They Talk, Aakorxon, Banshee

 

The album’s up for download at: iTunesAmazonOklisten & BandCamp.

Bottomline

The tracks sound a little repetitive, but you can give it to the band for exploiting their new found sound completely on debut. More variety in chords and sound, and much more diverse lyrics would naturally follow. As for the listener, it’s time for some self-introspection with good melodies!

Vishal Shah is a 20-year old from Mumbai, finishing his engineering at present. He likes to read a lot of non-fiction, music and sports magazines. An absolute digger of classic crime movies, he spends his time reading up on movies and music on the internet. Apart from this, he loves to travel, play the guitar and even sing occasionally. His interests in music cover a lot of the classic rock ‘n’ roll of the 60s, the hard rock of the 80s, thrash/power metal, grunge, alternative rock and he is currently deeply fond of the Post-Rock/Experimental music genre. Also, Amit Trivedi, Vishal Bharadwaj, Indian Ocean, and old Mohd. Rafi classics are some of his Indian favourites.

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