MUSIC FOR 2018
THE NEW YEAR WILL SEE RELEASES BY SOME OF THE BRIGHTEST STARS OF THE INDIAN INDEPENDENT MUSIC SCENE AS WELL AS SOME NEW AND VETERAN INTERNATIONAL ACTS. HERE’S A ROUND-UP OF THE ALBUMS AND EPs TO LOOK FORWARD TO
Arguably the country’s biggest independent music act at the moment, Goa-based bass music producer Nucleya aka Udyan Sagar is promising fans a fulllength album by the end of 2018. He will preview some of the material at his New Year’s Eve show at Mumbai’s Jio Garden. Last quarter
Bangalore-based rock band Parvaaz, whose songs are in a mix of Hindi, Kashmiri and Urdu, say their follow-up to 2014’s Baran will be equally balanced across the three languages and, with a mix of acoustic and progressive rock elements, feature more of the sound they’ve come to be known for. Third quarter
PAREKH & SINGH
Kolkata-based electropop duo Parekh & Singh—who shot to fame in 2016 with the viral video ‘I Love You Baby, I Love You Doll’—will release their sophomore. Their debut Ocean was written by singer and guitarist Nischay Parekh. The as-yet untitled 11-track album has been cocomposed by Parekh and percussionist Jivraj Singh. Fans will be pleased to know that it will be preceded by a video for the tune ‘Summer Skin’, which, in Parekh’s words, will feature “a new visual aesthetic”. Second quarter
VED, the new EP by Ritviz Srivastava—the voice behind ‘Udd Gaye’, the official “party anthem” of the Bacardi NH7 Weekender music festival—is a cross between his previous releases, Vizdum and Yuv. January
The electronic music trio will release their fourth album, tentatively titled Music is the Weapon, which was originally scheduled for 2017. To be announced.
Former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello’s solo debut Camila, which houses current international chart topper ‘Havana’, is the first big pop release of 2018. January
The pop-R&B superstar’s next is very likely to be released around the time he performs the Super Bowl halftime show in February. To be announced
PRATEEK KUHAD SWARATHMA
Bengaluru-based Swarathma, which has been roadtesting tracks from their third album, plans to head into the studio soon. Among the tunes are lead single ‘Beta Sweater Pehno’ and a song with Indian Ocean’s Amit Kilam. Last quarter
THE LOCAL TRAIN
The Local Train, which is emerging as one of the most popular Hindi rock bands in the country, will release their second album Vaaqif on which they will experiment with a heavier sound. Expect fewer love ballads and more philosophical musings, as heard on recent single ‘Aftaab’, which is about finding hope after a bad day. January Delhi-based singer-lyricist and the indie scene’s favourite balladeer Prateek Kuhad’s long-awaited follow-up to his 2015 album In Tokens and Charms will be a six-track English EP that will very likely include recent live hits such as ‘For Your Time’.