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Guitarist Satwik Tripathy Keeps It Simple On Instrumental Single

Oct 19, 03:43pm

‘The Sky Above Us’ is a chill and easygoing bit of soft rock

It really does seem like the world of instrumental guitar-centric music (or whatever is left of it these days) is removed from the showboating and shred-wankery that ran the discipline into the ground in the first place. There’s a lot to be said for that, but tracks that set a vibe and focus on mood do end up having more mileage than those whose sole purpose is to send your jaw to the floor while giving you a mild headache. Delhi musician Satwik Tripathy is very much in the former vein on his single ‘The Sky Above Us’. No, it’s not going to blow you away or make you reach over for your stack of fire emojis. It’s very simply three and a half minutes of laid-back and relaxed playing over a soft rock base that is just that.

The lack of pretense is really what shines through here. A bit of unobtrusive noodling aside, Satwik just plays comfortable and happy lead over some similarly calm drums and a few layers of guitars and keys. Satwik has his eye firmly on the bigger picture here, choosing to use his tools to build a decent song instead of making any one thing steal the show. That’s foresight, and while you might not be able to delve into a million intricacies, you can just sit back and live your life while ‘The Sky Above Us’ provides a nice soundscape and sets a warm atmosphere. That’s it, and that’s enough.


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