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Faridkot Release Their Latest Album, 'Phir Se?'

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Delhi hindi electronica pop rock outfit Faridkot released their latest album, Phir Se? on June 4 at the Blue Frog in Mumbai, along with a music video. We spoke to guitarist Rajarshi Sanyal about the band's latest release.

Delhi’s desi pop rock band Faridkot released their second album, Phir Se?, at Blue Frog in Mumbai on June 4 to a much anticipatory crowd. The ten track album is the second addition to the band’s discography since its creation in 2008, subsequent to Faridkot’s debut album, Ek, which was released in January 2011. Phir Se? claims to be a few strides beyond the band’s previous album in terms of style and music. “It is different,” says Rajarshi, “And in a lot of ways it is the same for starters, like the production quality which we have tried to play up a notch and get a more universal sound in the album.” The album is more than just ‘Hindi’ music, experimenting into territories of electronica while maintaining the pop rock-ish feel of Faridkot intact. “We are influenced by electronic music,” Rajarshi says, “Our sound is not electronic per se, but it is more like rock and roll with hints of electronica. We wanted to create this loop-y, trance-y vibe to the song which is similar to electronic music but using rock and roll sounds like drums, guitars, bass guitars, vocal harmonies, etc.”



Photo Courtesy Pavitr Saith
 

The band’s diversion into experimenting with electronic sounds has been credited for an inside joke among the members, which eventually christened the album. “That’s why the album is called Phir se?” Rajarshi says, “Because you hear a part, and it repeats again. So, it's like a pun, yeah.” While Phir Se? reflects a slight offshoot from the band’s previous style in terms of music, the songwriting has witnessed its own share of an overhaul. “The songwriting process is a lot different than the last time,” Rajarshi tells us, “Last time, the songs were written through vocals and guitars, and then the other instruments were brought in. Whereas this time, I sat down on the bass, with Sahil on the drums, and we both structured the songs, and then the guitars were laid down, and then the vocals came. So it was like a complete reverse process of the last time.” The recording of the album was a DIY project as Rajarshi recorded and arranged the whole album; “The recording experience was a lot of fun because this time we recorded a lot of different instruments,” Rajarshi says, “We recorded the sarangi, we recorded trumpets, we recorded tabla here and there. The studio space is very different from the live space and how we work with songs. To get that energy into a studio, and then add the benefits of working in a studio - like creating precise parts and then getting the precise sound - are all things that I'm very fascinated by.”

 


Photo Courtesy Pavitr Saith

 

Faridkot’s Mumbai launch gig featured them alongside Aditi Singh Sharma who also sang on the album, and Naresh and Paresh Kamath from Hipnotribe. “We love playing in Mumbai, where I think people in general are very open to different kinds of music, and considering that we weren't a ‘Bollywood’ band, there still were a lot of people.” The band has also released a music video for the song, ‘Bijli’, off of the album, with another video in the making. “There is one more music video in the works and a couple more that we wanted to create based on a few more songs from the album. We have also already started working on the next set of songs for our next album, which is on its way.”  

Buy Phir Se? by Faridkot online.

Stream the official music video of 'Bijli' from Phir Se? by Faridkot below:

 

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