Music Review: The Epiphany Of Being Sane by The Iyer Project
How would it feel if you could revisit your old days and the approaching old age all through a bunch of music? Well, it would be fascinating and that's what this Alternative Carnatic Rock Band from New Delhi makes us do. It's hitting the musical world with some very delightful and exquisite songs. Their debut album, “The Epiphany Of Being Sane” comprises of 8 melodious tracks with a diverse variety of songs, each in contrast with the other.
This band is known for fusing Carnatic classical style vocals with rock riff. Also, it has aligned up all the songs in the album in a sequence of phases a person goes through in his/her life. The entire album encompasses 4 English, 3 Hindi and 1 bilingual song. All the songs have their own charm, which we'll be telling you about. Here's the review for each song:
1. Mr. Funkesh
The first song of the album is representative of the first stage of a human life. This song from the album represents the beginning phase of a person's life. The beginning of the song is really soft, reaching the depths of the heart but just when you're about to drown in memory lake, it hauls you out and lifts your mood with the music switching its pace. The beats of the drums and the coherent music of guitar makes the song worth an applause. The track ends with a tinch of traditional music blowing away your mind.
2. Confused Hypocrisy
This energetic track from the album represents the second phase of life- the youthful rage. It's a progressive rock with transcendent vocals. The lyrics are just full of energy and rage, questioning the humans around if they did their part or not and at the same time the enchanting music from the strings of guitar put the hearts on fire. The ending of the song takes a swift turn from rock to classical as the word heart echoes.
This song represents the rising phase of an individual, and the music has been just perfectly composed for it. The lyrics have been penned down diligently. The piercing vocals reach out to your ears and then to your soul. The guitar and drums provide hypnotic sound effects throughout the song. The track is sung elegantly with a brisk tempo making it one of the best songs of the album.
The realisation phase of human life is what the song Jal focuses upon. The track begins softly and then comes the lyrics “Jeewan ka ehsaas hu, sab mujhpar hai nirbhar” touching the depths of heart. The drum kicks and the music of guitar are subtle and makes the music tempting. It forges penchant in the listeners.
The track Boondein is all about human feelings. It's lyrics appreciates the grace of black clouds and rain drops, and how it makes a person fall in love and go crazy. It's composed with mezzo forte dynamics. The hard-to-resist guitars stringing in the background in the background makes the song soul- sauntering. It's sung in a melancholic tempo and is exhilarating.
Love and peace is the message the band wants to convey through this song. The song begins with a classical melody and is very soothing. The lyrics are delineating and have been eloquently sung. This song has made use of the right amount of classical music in fusion with rock. The phrenic beats and rich timbre makes the track canorous. This is by far the best music of the album and is undoubtedly calming.
7. Echoes of Liberation
“Aag lagi, uth raha hai dhua, dhundu insan hai kaha” is how the song begins, and is sung so beautifully that the song already warrants for appreciation. The track focusses over how borders and bloodshed have made it difficult to find a real human in this massive world. ‘Everything seems divided and no-one wants to apply any effort to unite the world as one’ is the beautiful message conveyed through the track. It's very euphonious and a song to be heard by all.
This music track is a prodigious fusion of classical and rock music. The best part of the song is the euphonic music in the background which fits into both classical and rock lyrics. It's energetic tempo makes the song uplifting. It's a little rasping and twangy with penetrative vocals. The background music is both felicitous and influential. The track follows Mezzo forte dynamics and an energetic tempo. Surely last but not the least!
The album is a must hear for music lovers especially listeners of rock music. Kudos to the band for making such a strong debut!
We can’t wait for what The Iyers bring to us next