Releases To Look Forward To In 2019
Indie Music in India has been growing leaps and bounds with each passing year. 2018 saw the rise of some fresh voices & some outstanding releases from bands that have been rocking the indie scene for quite some time now. We hope 2019 just gets better.
While very few artists have confirmed concrete plans, 2019 promises a handful of indie music releases that will certainly keep us hooked. Here is every upcoming release that we are aware of right now – some with officially announced release dates, and others that are simply highly anticipated.
With a hat-trick of singles crossing a million mark on YouTube, the young singer Deepak Rathore’s band is all set to complete the 2nd half of the album ‘Kaagaz Ki Naav’. Fusing Folk Rock and Hindi Rock, Deepak strives to write music that can inspire people, through tales of struggle, love, and all that lies in between. We are hoping to get 4 more fresh songs out of his kitty. In the meantime, take a trip to the Himalayas with the first half of the album here.
The Bangalore based Rock band’s sound has been described as a blend of blues, rock, and psychedelia with Kashmiri and Urdu lyrics. Their songs speak of experience, ideas and explore traditional literature through Kashmiri and Urdu poetry. Parvaaz has hinted at a new album coming sometime in 2019. No word yet on the title or the release date; for now, we can *tide* ourselves over with their ‘Color White’.
Are you all up for some Naalayakpanti this year? Well- this band hailing from Chandigarh has given us explosive live acts and pumping music in the past and we're definitely excited for what they're going to gift us this year. News is that Naalayak is all set to release 2 new tracks this year – ‘Jazbaa’ and ‘Meri Kahaani’ and we obviously can't keep calm.
There are a few sounds which touch too close to home. Astitva definitely tops that list. With classical influences, they insist on creating an individualistic genre of mould breaking music. We are expecting a new EP early this year from the same band that gave us the emotional classic ‘Dil Banjaara’. Well, we can do nothing but wait. (And play Dil Banjaara on loop :p)
Hari-Sukhmani, the fantastic Punjabi Electro-Folk duo is possibly one of the best duos of India. It seems like they specialise in creating new sounds. ‘Boohey Baariyan’ and ‘Mahi ve Mahi’ sound fresh even after so many years of it's release. That's what awesome artists do! A little birdie has told us that they are working on a new release as we speak. We can just hope that it is an album, cause a single just won’t do.
One of the finest guitarists of India, Shital Chandra has been MIA for the last couple of years. He was last seen as a part of Tungztn, a rock trio. Since then, he has been managing and running his school in Pune. But we have some good news! We hear that he is all set to release an instrumental rock album this year on which he has been working on for over 2 years and we cannot sit still!
The four piece band with each member adding a different and unique taste of music in each song is how one can define the band Shorthand. Afterall, their first official music release 'No Surprise’ was a blend of various musical influences. Be it their original music or covers, they're all pleasing to our ears. The jazz and blues band has never let their fans down and they'll spread their charm this year too.
With 'Firefly’ hitting a million views on YouTube, the young Kochi band has had an amazing start. The band’s creativity can be exemplified by the name of the band itself, where Chai and Toast means Indian songs with western influence. They've been in the indie music circuit for a while and have already gathered a lot of positive response. They have already officially announced that they have begun work on their next album which is expected to release in 2019 itself.
Who doesn’t remember Laila by heart? Faridkot, the confused pop outfit from Delhi has been on a high since their release with the Timeliners last year. They are currently touring all across the country. We hear it is a promo tour for their next release which is expected in the first half of this year itself.
With such riveting releases planned, 2019 is all set to be a blast!