sulk-station

India has fast tracked into music scene thanks to the internet. And boy the results are brilliant. Brilliant song and band. Love Tanvi’s sultry vocals with minimal sounds.. Haunting and beautiful. (Best part is the sound of bangles/paayal crinkling in the background rhythm.)

Sulk Station perfectly blends trip-hop & dub step. Unlike any other Indian band! 

Consolidate #10 - FRNDS AND FMLY mixtape

This one’s a consolidate showcase of sorts featuring a lot of new material from the consolidate family - basically a sneak peek into what 2015 holds for us.

You will get to hear a new Machli song taken from their debut EP, which should be out in a couple of weeks. The mix also features a couple of really cool tunes from Sandhya’s (Machli) solo project Pardafash. Like everything else from the Machli camp… her music is difficult to categorise, intriguing at times, highly original and brilliant. 

Another release that i am really looking forward to this year is Ocentied’s (Ketan Bahirat’s solo project) footwork leaning debut EP. I have heard a bunch of his tunes during his live sets and i think he might just be India’s answer to the global 160 BPM movement. 

Also in the mix are a bunch of really cool tunes from Blent, Worm’s Cottage, Disco Puppet, Aniruddh and Iyer. i have thrown in some new material from Sulk and _RHL also.

i missed out on a bunch of artists this time around - but there will be a friends and fams mixtape part 2 soon. 

Listen off.

Tracklist:

Machli - lavender marriage

Worm’s cottage - fog

Pardafash - here

Blent x Daisho - scowl

Sulk station - suppressed

Anirudhh s menon - swollen tongue

Worm’s cottage - chicken

Aniruddh s menon - celestial mahout(disco puppet mix)

Pardafash - hold me close

Sridhar/thayil - bring me rain(_RHL remix)

Mark kloud & Iyer - constant conflict

Oceantied - high


artwork by aniruddh 

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Love to Admit: Sulk Station in the Scene

Young people these days will tell you they listen to Sulk Station in their nights of introspection. Their somber songs provide much needed breathing spaces, soundtracks to the slow release of queued thoughts from our hectic day-to-daze.

The band:

Sulk Station are a precious Bangalore institution because they are probably the most artistically significant musical act in the country right now: their music is a beautiful, confessional amalgam of classical Indian musical traditions & the contemporary cosmopolitan cutting edge. They take this role very seriously, showering their city and its fledgling musicians with much affection.

Rahul is immaculately up-to-date in his cultivated musical exposure. His dynamic, imaginative production allows him to assimilate the scenes and the sounds into the something wholly new and irresistible that defies classification.

Tanvi’s vocals and unidentifiable laptop tinkering normally take centre-stage at shows. She adds a Hindustani flourish to their songs which seems to appeal to purists and punks alike.

Their music:

Sulk Station is mature, personal and very emotional. My parents won’t listen to Till You Appear because they don’t think music should be depressing. However, it is testament to the duo’s ability to craft affecting songs that they can provoke such a reaction in otherwise benign people.

It seems impossible not to dote on Rahul and Tanvi. They are earnest musicians with a refreshing sincerity to their approach. A typical Sulk Station show is devoid of showbiz gimmickry: the histrionics are delegated to the music. They paint intimate, candid stories through painstakingly constructed electronic music.

The instrumentation is tight and composed with modernist austerity. Rahul’s hitchcockian mastery of tension is showcased all across the album. As a listener, it took me a while to get used to enjoying the frustration that crescendos right from the start. Piya is the only track on the album where there is a sense of catharsis.

Piya:

For me, Piya has always been the masterpiece around which their show and album has revolved. I can remember being completely floored by the track a couple of years ago when the album first dropped and unsurprisingly, I believe it is the best example of Rahul & Tanvi’s powers in combination: The results are magical.

Tanvi sings admissions of regret for a past she can’t condone. Her need to confess is constantly struggling against her ego, which "hates to admit". The most awe-inspiring part is the climactic outro where she finally admits in plain words that she has lost the "battle she couldn’t dare to win". The conflict builds into what is effectively a personal apocalypse. When the ultimate admission of defeat eventually comes, it is buried under layer upon layer of soaring synths, almost obfuscating it completely in the process.

It’s quite breathtaking stuff.

Outro:

There is a palpable sense of ease that the duo exude these days, which makes me wonder how Tanvi manages to continue to sing these aching songs week in and week out.

No one knows quite what to expect from Sulk Station’s impending sophomore release but if they can raise the bar like they did with their debut, you can be sure there will be no complaints.

Coffee and Conversations with Sulk Station

INTRODUCTION

Sulk Station is a Bangalore based trip-hop duo comprising of Tanvi Rao and Rahul Giri. Their debut album ‘Till You Appear' has got rave reviews from audiences all over. And we at Musicfellas in particular are huge fans.

We met them on a cool saturday evening in Bangalore at a local coffee shop. What followed was 2 hours of conversations about music, existentialism, movies and of course Sulk Station. Eventually it became less of an interview and more of discussions on how we three see the world around us. Here it goes:

 

Please share a little about your journey to becoming a musician.

Tanvi: I’ve been in Bangalore for the last 15 years. I used to sing in my school choir. I also tried learning the piano and hindustani music but didn’t really happen. Then when I was in college I began taking music a bit more seriously. I was involved with 2 choirs, many acapella teams, bands, what not. My choir teacher was awesome. I learnt keys from him for a bit.

Rahul and I met in college, but it wasn’t until after we graduated that we started working together.

Rahul: She was all over the college music scene, from choirs to dream theater cover bands.

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Sulk Station - “Take Me Home”

Downtempo electronic beauty straight out of Bangalore. Gorgeous female vocals. I just downloaded their album for $4. Worth it.

Sulk Station’s Contentment is an interesting song that is almost like ambient trip hop. I hear trip hop elements but it’s much more minimalistic and down tempo. Sulk Station are based out of India and they are surfing the new wave of electronic indie acts on the internet. I’m a big fan of The Knife and read this quote by them “This is a stratospheric record,also unlike anything produced in this country” about Sulk Station and had to check them out. It’s quiet the record indeed and I’m so glad that I looked into them. You can hear that they’re influenced by trip hop legends such as Portishead and the like but you can also hear their Indian roots strongly on some songs like their latest release called Aur Nahi https://soundcloud.com/sulkstation/aur-nahi

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Monthly Top 5 Albums - May 2012

Sulk Station - Till You Appear (2012)
Patrick Watson - Adventures In Your Own Backyard (2012)
Yann Tiersen - Skyline (2011)
Beirut - The Rip Tide (2011)
Advaita - The Silent Sea (2012)
bonus: S. Carey - Hoyas EP (2012)

i must have listened to hundreds of songs during the final rundown to my exams but if i were to retain full albums, these are the ones that stuck in May. this includes the compulsive buying of The Rip Tide vinyl and hours getting accustomed to the new indie scene in India with Sulk Station and Advaita.

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Sulk Station-Take Me Home