«Indian Ocean, according to the band», writes Madhu, «is the sound of contemporary India getting to know itself. Presenting a unique fusion of traditional Indian folk, modern funk and groove, rock and jazz, blending western structures with Indian instrumentation and melodies, Kandisa, their second studio album, captured a sound entirely unique and yet entirely familiar. Kandisa not only uses Indian lyrics, but the title song itself is in the ancient Aramaic tongue.
Indian Ocean use a variety instruments, both Indian (tabla, tarang, dhol, gabgubi ) and Western (bass guitar, accoustic guitar, drums, electric violin) blending them seamlessly to result in one harmonious sound that truly captures the energy and spirit of a shrinking world.»
For additional info, you can check also the band’s official site, or its accurate Wikipedia bio, which sports another appropriate definition of its sound as «Indo-rock fusion with jazz-spiced rhythms that integrates shlokas, sufism, environmentalism, mythology and revolution».
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