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About Anusmita Datta

Anusmita Datta is an ardent day-dreamer, music lover, die-hard foodie and occasional writer. Her obsession with pandas is sometimes disturbing and she can be often found lusting after momos!

June 6, 2016

Our House by Stella by Starlight

By - on 06/06/2016 at 9:48 pm


Our House by Stella By Starlight does what a debut album/EP should. Although it betrays the band’s flaws it also, more importantly, highlights why we should be paying more attention to them now and in the future. Stella By Starlight is a 6-piece indie-folk/acoustic outfit from Mumbai that has actually been on the scene for quite a while – since 2012 to be specific. After touring India and playing for crowds at prestigious venues, the band released their debut EP in January 2016. Our House may be a collection of only four songs but the album took two whole years to craft. It is a perfect snapshot of the band’s journey during those years, which…

January 28, 2016

Khwaab by Aswekeepsearching

By - on 28/01/2016 at 10:44 pm


After listening to Khwaab, there is no doubt about the fact that up-and-comers Aswekeepsearching are definitely not trying to play safe. They could have stayed in the box and created catchy, mainstream, alt or pop-rock-inspired tracks. Instead, they chose to stick out with a post-rock, chilled-out sound with huge soundscapes, interesting samples and barely-there lyrics. Eclectic, sometimes confusing, equally weird and gutsy, Aswekeepsearching has taken a bold step by creating an instrumental rock album as their debut album. Although they have already released an EP, their debut offering – Khwaab is more refined and certainly better-crafted. Instrumental rock or experimental rock is rarely conducive to be earworm-y singles because such tracks are usually not catchy enough…

May 26, 2015

Bagh by Begum

By - on 26/05/2015 at 9:03 pm


Delightfully bizarre, unconventional and dreamy are the words that come to mind when trying to describe what’s good about the debut album by the Delhi-based trio Begum. Bagh will have you scratching your head even as you repeatedly press the replay button. Although the album is so out there and distinctive, I’d be lying if I said that this wasn’t what was expected from the band considering that two of its members – guitarist and vocalist Kartik Pillai and drummer Karan Singh are also part of the equally eccentric Peter Cat Recording Co. Bassist Kshitij Dhyani completes this curious trio that is Begum. With this debut album, the band has clearly announced themselves as one of the…

May 2, 2015

In Tokens & Charms by Prateek Kuhad

By - on 02/05/2015 at 2:46 am


After waxing poetic about his last two EPs, I had hoped desperately that the debut album by Prateek Kuhad would be a fitting follow-up. Prateek Kuhad’s mellow sound and soulful sensibilities have already garnered him a huge following and this was his much-awaited debut album that had a lot to deliver. Released on 21st January, 2015 – more than a year after his last EP – Raat Raazi, ‘In Tokens & Charms’ – his first full length album, showcases what Kuhad does best – stir up the soul of the listener with the acoustic guitar! In Tokens & Charms far exceeds expectations and was well worth the wait. Even though this album is filled with stripped-down, acoustic guitar-laden songs, be…

October 2, 2014

Deluge by The Burning Deck

By - on 02/10/2014 at 2:24 pm


At the moment, there is no doubt about the fact that electronic music is blowing up around the country. While we always associate electronic music with dance, Bangalore-based band The Burning Deck has proven that electronic music can also be as soul-stirring and beautiful as a piece of classical music. Although there are many electronic acts in India, there is almost certainly no one among them who is creating the same sort of music as The Burning Deck. Surprisingly enough, The Burning Deck is the brainchild of Sandeep Madhavan who was a member of the Bangalore-based rock band Old Jungle Saying. The Burning Deck can be considered to be largely his solo project, but Madhavan…

April 29, 2014

Shapes on The Wall by Black Letters

By - on 29/04/2014 at 1:24 pm


Young and enthusiastic, Black Letters is a band that is taking its baby steps into the Indian music scene. These earnest and eager musicians hail from Kochi and are currently based in Bangalore and Chennai and are touring extensively. They may be new to the scene but they have toured the college circuit and have gathered a loyal following with good old-fashioned clean rock tracks. Black Letters started off as a metal band but soon realized that their sound lies in the alt-rock genre. Their sound is catchy and groovy that is reminiscent of Incubus and Kings of Leon. Black Letters’ songs are emotionally charged and powerful yet retain the finesse and restraint of a…

April 9, 2014

Ocean by Nischay Parekh

By - on 09/04/2014 at 9:25 pm


The singer-songwriter genre is becoming increasingly popular among younger pluckier musicians who’d rather be earnest than glamorous rock gods. However, every emo youngster out there who has basic guitar-playing skills considers himself/herself to be a singer-songwriter, which is a mockery of the genre. Very few artists in India have made a name for themselves as singer-songwriters with their sheer talent and musical sensibilities and one such person is a musician from Kolkata – Nischay Parekh. Nischay is a precocious 21-year old musician and may still be a student of the Berklee College of Music but he has already played at sold out venues throughout the country and was a crowd puller at last year’s NH7…

February 6, 2014

Kaivalyaa by Kaivalyaa

By - on 06/02/2014 at 8:36 pm


Although now associated with Bangla Rock, Kolkata has always been a hub for musicians and music lovers and has always been able to maintain a vibrant independent music scene without any influence from Bollywood or rather mainstream music. Its glory days may be behind it but it warms the heart to know that there are still musicians there who want to push the boundaries of conventional musical sensibilities to create new and exciting sounds and pieces that are absolutely mesmerising. One such band is Kaivalyaa, whose mission seems to be to combine as many diverse genres of music as they possibly can to create a sound that can be truly classified as fusion. Not only…

January 6, 2014

Fossils 4 by Fossils

By - on 06/01/2014 at 6:43 am


Fossils is one of the most well known and prolific Bangla Rock bands in India having released five studio albums already – so their music is the perfect place to start if you want to delve into the world of Bangla Rock. Formed in 1998, they are a pioneering Bangla Rock band in the Indian music scene, so I already had high expectations before I even heard the album. Fossils released their sixth album in late , effectively showing that they have no intention to throw in the towel any time soon. After the chart topping Fossils 3, Fossils 4 has a lot to live up to and the band has not steered away from…