Carnatic Prog Rock/Fusion

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I wasn't sure which thread this would fit in; doesn't quite seem to fit outernational, Indian classical, or attention deficit. (Maybe the intersection of the last two?) Anyway, apparently, there is an entire genre of this stuff in South India, fusing Carnatic raga-based melodies, vocal styles, and occasionally rhythms with rock instrumentation, which I didn't realize until yesterday, although it seems logical now. This Youtube playlist appears to be as good a source as any. You need to be able to tolerate Berklee aesthetics to an extent, which I can do.

My current favourites:
Some beautiful female vocals and slide guitar on this one, on the mellower side.
This one is maybe a bit Porcupine Tree?? A lot of 7/8
I don't totally know what to make of Agam. They seem like simultaneously the most shamelessly cheesy and bombastic but also the most dazzling of these bands? This one is actually structured like a kriti in pallavi-anupallavi-charanam form, while also recalling "YYZ" by Rush. The bit beginning around 3:05 gets spectacular. I like this one a little better as a tune, I think.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Monday, 8 May 2017 23:55 (one year ago) Permalink

Agam obviously have the best drummer, which seems crucial to making this music work in a rock context

imago, Tuesday, 9 May 2017 00:09 (one year ago) Permalink

*best two drummers - that'll explain it haha

imago, Tuesday, 9 May 2017 00:09 (one year ago) Permalink

bookmarked, this is rad

People like Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr, and (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Tuesday, 9 May 2017 00:10 (one year ago) Permalink

man I am FEELING this stuff. is there still much of a market for physical media in India/Indian music abroad, does anybody know? I would like to buy some of this on the antiquated Compact Disc format.

People like Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr, and (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Tuesday, 9 May 2017 00:19 (one year ago) Permalink

Wow, that Agam video is amazing - and yeah, it's basically using "YYZ" as a springboard, but I'm fine with that.

Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr, and Violent J (誤訳侮辱), Tuesday, 9 May 2017 00:48 (one year ago) Permalink

This is most intriguing. And great to hear!

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 9 May 2017 00:52 (one year ago) Permalink

You know, since PT was mentioned earlier, IIRC Steven Wilson played some shows in India recently and was rapturously received. There's something clearly happening there!

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 9 May 2017 00:56 (one year ago) Permalink

B-b-but how does Prasanna fit in?

Trelayne Staley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 9 May 2017 01:07 (one year ago) Permalink

B-b-but how does Prasanna fit in?

Trelayne Staley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 9 May 2017 01:07 (one year ago) Permalink

(Apologies for zing double posting glitch)

Trelayne Staley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 9 May 2017 01:09 (one year ago) Permalink

Digging up some further things -- here's Agam's SoundCloud:

https://soundcloud.com/agam-the-band

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 9 May 2017 01:20 (one year ago) Permalink

Neha Nair, meantime, sings in a variety of different projects from what I can tell -- not bad!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neha_Nair

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 9 May 2017 01:21 (one year ago) Permalink

Really liked the Eeran Megham (?) one. Was listening to the most recent Opeth, which is total prog, and every time they go into some sort of eastern thing - which prog tends to do - I actually did sort of think, huh, I wonder what people out that way think of that?

Didn't dig the Agam too much, but to be honest much of it was seeing the guy standing there ready to sing and expecting some sort of Dream Theatre shit, so there was massive relief when it was not. Was trying to figure out what the drummers were doing. One guy was sort of doing the groove, and the other handling percussion and fills?

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 9 May 2017 01:25 (one year ago) Permalink

every time they go into some sort of eastern thing - which prog tends to do - I actually did sort of think, huh, I wonder what people out that way think of that?

Heh, my early-20s prog/shred/metal-loving cousin in Chennai told me he never really got into Carnatic music until I recommended Mahavishnu Orchestra to him. It inspired him to go back.

iTunes has a couple of Agam's albums fairly cheap. I just picked up The Inner Self Awakens for $6.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Tuesday, 9 May 2017 01:49 (one year ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Agam has some new Youtube clips up, apparently as a teaser for an upcoming album. This is my favourite of the new songs; dazzling at times. I nominated it in the EOY poll. The new songs seem to have a choir on them, which I'm on the fence about at times.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Tuesday, 26 December 2017 17:33 (six months ago) Permalink

thanks for the heads up. i really liked "the inner self awakens".

bob lefse (rushomancy), Tuesday, 26 December 2017 20:02 (six months ago) Permalink

thanks for bumping this, these guys rule. where do I get this album

frogbs, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 14:47 (six months ago) Permalink

The Inner Self Awakens is available on iTunes. I don't think the new one has been released in full yet.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Wednesday, 27 December 2017 15:41 (six months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

I grabbed it and am listening to it now. This is really good. My only regret is that AGAM backwards is MAGA

frogbs, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 23:11 (six months ago) Permalink


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