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Black Friday by Indian Ocean

Black Friday by Indian Ocean

Album Review

Indian Ocean make their foray into Hindi film music for the first time with Black Friday, which is based on the Mumbai bomb blasts in 1993, and the praise the recording has received is fully justified. The uniqueness of this score in which a band provides the music for a full-length feature film lies in the justice provided to the film’s theme, in contrast to what is often churned out from a conventional director/lyricist/singer arrangement. A full-blown and outright stylish contemporary and musically rich album, Black Friday is also influenced greatly by jazz and electronic composition — cheers to the flawless and exceptional sound production by K.J. Singh. Each of the songs provides the right feeling and sound to its title and associated sequence in the film. It’s evident from the very first listen that the band had to forgo the acoustic folk roots of its previous four albums, thus including guest musicians like Raghav Sachar (saxophone, flute, clarinet), Paresh Kamath (electric guitar), and Dishad (sarangi). The album opens with the marvelous “Bandeh,” with lyrics by Piyush Mishra and a sizzling lead guitar line and…

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