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

India Today - - INSIDE - —Amit Gur­bax­ani

NUCLEYA

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

PARVAAZ

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

RITVIZ

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

MA­JOR LAZER

The elec­tronic mu­sic trio will re­lease their fourth al­bum, ten­ta­tively ti­tled Mu­sic is the Weapon, which was orig­i­nally sched­uled for 2017. To be an­nounced.

CAMILA CA­BELLO

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

JUSTIN TIM­BER­LAKE

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’.

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SUBIR HALDER

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