haGroovy to its core? Check. Part of your dance playlist? Check. Colourful and vibrant music video? Check.
Curtain Blue’s latest project S.T.R.I.P.E.S, released via Export Quality Records, is a truly extensive project, with electronica at its essence. Curtain Blue does not shy away from using unorthodox sounds such as retro video game sounds, bells, broken trumpets percussion throughout the EP.
The versatility and attention to detail that the musician's projects showcase are evident in this EP as he goes from the upbeat Right Into You to the more somber and emotional All For You. The tasteful sampling and processing of various instruments, such as the vocals and trumpets, is a common thread connecting the diverse sounds on this EP. So far, only the tracks Right Into You and Is It You That I Want have been released from the four-track EP.
All the tracks on S.T.R.I.P.E.S are accompanied by videos made by talented independent videographers from across India. The EP is an audio-visual experience told through the medium of videos, which will be released across the span of four weeks. The video for Right Into You is shot by Lendrick Kumar Productions and directed by Madhavan Krishnesh, a video team is currently at the forefront of the indie music space. The music video is a standout as they have used 3D photogrammetry, which is a process of taking many photographs of an object from a variety of angles and stitching them together to create a 3D model tapestry, with a model of Curtain Blue featured in each frame.
Curtain Blue is Abhishek Bhatia's solo project. Along with being the vocalist of Delhi based band, The Circus, Abhishek has also been producing his own electronic music and has finally decided to take it live as the Curtain Blue avatar. Fusing vocal melodies with down tempo and a bass heavy aesthetic, he aims to create a textural blend which is his own unique sound. On April 2015, Curtain Blue burst onto the modern electronica scene with the release of his debut EP, Drones and has been active ever since. Curtain Blue is inspired by artists such as Radiohead, Charles Mingus, Apparat, and Flume, while maintaining his originality.
When asked about his latest EP, S.T.R.I.P.E.S, Curtain Blue said “The past three years for me have been all about embracing myself and getting to know myself better. Having the time alone in hand did help with that. The EP S.T.R.I.P.E.S is a compilation of four of the many tracks I have written at the time. It’s a complete mood swing from Right Into You that talks about my first confident interaction with a make believe partner to All For You that reads out an ugly page from a book of my relationship with my real partner. It’s been a weird, anxious, and stressful but a beautiful self journey and I can’t wait for you to get to know me better.”
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