Homegrown’s Picks From Music Last Week: Hari & Sukhmani, Frizzell D’Souza, Punk On Toast & More

Homegrown’s Picks From Music Last Week:  Hari & Sukhmani, Frizzell D’Souza, Punk On Toast & More

Homegrown loves bringing to you emerging artists and those who have established a niche in alternate genres hidden from the mainstream. Keeping things super fresh, we will be curating a weekly list of numbers we could not get enough of through the week and that we know will earworm themselves to your heart as well.

Scroll down for your weekly dose of latest releases.

Anisha AOD ‘You and I’

New Delhi-based singer-songwriter Anisha Uppal aka Anisha AOD’s latest single is further proof of her emotive voice coupled with elements of classical and electronic music that have come to define her music style. “Theatrically inspired classical-pop waltz, You and I tells the tale of two inner voices as they come to terms with one another,” says Anisha on her Youtube channel. The music video for the single is one inspired by comic books that goes seamlessly with the theme of the single.

Frizzell D’Souza Foolish Once Again’

Singer-songwriter Frizzell D’Souza’s melodious voice once again comes to the forefront in her latest single Foolish Again.Foolish Once Again flirts with the idea of embracing our tiny blemishes through the art of ballroom dance. Being on the dance floor has had a way of reminding me that everyone has two left feet – some on the dance floor and nearly all of us – in life. You can either choose to dwell on your flaws or trust the moment and let the music steer your way. The song is the story of a couple finding themselves through ballroom dancing and falling for each other’s naïve mistakes. The lyrics are an ode to my years in dance class; to every partner that has laughed with me as I made a mistake and then gently corrected my moves; to every human that errs,” says Frizzell.

Hari & Sukhmani ‘Kali Teri’

Duo Hari Sukhmani is popularly known for giving Punjabi songs an indie folksy contemporary take. The latest in that venture is the song Kali Teri. True to their style, the single makes for an easy listen that is sure to keep you hooked to its folk tunes along with the pop feel it offers. “This song is an epitome of the culture of Punjab. A sweet & happy song which is an expression of simple love. In addition, our version has original English lyrics that resound with our sound that connects with urban culture” said the duo while releasing the song on their channel.

Punk On Toast ‘The Nation Wants To Know’

Mumbai-based punk rock band released their debut studio single, post the release of their 11 track album earlier this year. The title of the song derives its name from the infamous prime time news show and talks about the rampant corruption and how politicians have exploited the people of the country. The song is inspired by the band’s core influences like Bad Religion, NOFX and Pennywise. “It’s been more than a year since the pandemic has changed our lives, and the band has tried to make an honest attempt to release music in these difficult times, with this single, the band is attempting to point out the cloak of lies, both visible and convoluted by calling things just as they are,” said frontman Aditya Naik. According to guitarist and producer Kunal Dole, “Our beloved motherland has seen unimaginable turmoil in the past few months. The powers that are, have deemed certain things, which are profitable to them, to be more important than the welfare of a nation in crisis. The anger was certainly felt in the studio when we recorded the track.”

Vinay Kaushal ‘The Elephant In The Room’

The Elephant in the Room is composer and guitarist Vinay Kaushal’s third single, the moody jazz-influenced single features Bombay based singer Aditi Ramesh, New York-based jazz pianist Sharik Hasan, Los Angeles based bassist Krishnan Swaminathan and Pune based drummer Varun Venkit. “This song talks about a lot of issues that are dear to me. Which made it really important to have friends and musicians who I strongly believe in as a part of the whole process. I really hope it gives listeners some food for thought and encourages them to address the elephant in the room,” says Vinay. Further adding, “The Elephant in the Room is a reflection on dark times. A powerful, moody song with lyrics written by Uma Athale, it talks about issues in our society being swept under a rug to be conveniently forgotten until there is no one left to speak up for them anymore. Inspired by various incidents where wildlife perishes when humans take over their homes, the emotions the song evokes are equally pertinent to people’s lives today. People are losing their jobs and homes, and even schools aren’t safe places anymore. There is an underlying atmosphere of fear that is suppressing voices. This song is for those who are losing their homes – whether they are made of bricks or trees.”

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