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Obed Zeme Releases New Album

Sep 20, 02:10pm

Delhi based instrumental/experimental rock act The Obed Zeme Project released, Canaan Caravan, on Songdew for Music Premiere.

While Songdew and Nano Twist are busy announcing online music releases one after the other for the Music Premiere initiative, we recently had a chance to lend our ears to Delhi-based musician Obed Zeme’s release for the same; a ten track multi-faceted album titled, Canaan Caravan, which is surprisingly a product of ten years of songwriting. Keeping this fact in mind, we decided to get in touch with the brain behind these tracks, and got some interesting responses in return.

For an album produced over the course ten years, there was certainly no expectation to experience throughout, the same musical style/genre; but Zeme’s diversity here is quite commendable as there’s incorporation of everything ranging from ballad to rock to country to blues. To this, he had to say, “The album is a tale of life’s journey. It is not recorded in one season, rather, was written and compiled over a decade mostly in the early 2000s. Sometimes the whole song comes in a flow and takes a week to finish; other times, it could even take months depending on the complexity. It depends a lot on how I feel at that point of time. Sometimes, a melody comes to me first and I go on adding rhythms and chord progressions or it happens the other way round.”

The album doesn’t include much of lyrical discourse, so the onus falls solely on the instruments to convey to the listeners its overarching theme.  Therefore when asked about the songwriting process Zeme said, “Every song has a certain theme driving it. For example, the title track, ‘Canaan Caravan’, talks about life’s journey. So each had their special moments at the time they were recorded. I have never recorded these songs with the intention to produce them as one album. I have recorded the music depending on how I feel at that point of time, therefore resulting in different range of styles in one box.”

With a number of album promotional gigs lined up for the near future under the moniker ‘The Obed Zeme Project’, alongside working on a music video, and compounded with the success of the online release as we were told, the times certainly seem to be shining bright for this talented musician, who also happens to be a trained teacher for Yamaha Music India, and the founder of the metal band Messiahnic Troopers.

Listen to and download the album on Songdew.

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