From upside-down GoPro footage on a bicycle to a collage of footage from previous Bagyaraj movies, composer Kedharnath Sairam’s music movies are trippy even on mute. His model new album, launched two weeks in the past below the pseudonym Radar with a Okay, known as Black Whole. And very similar to its identify, it guarantees to attract you in.

Featuring collaborations with 12 artists between Chennai and Cincinnati – the listing contains native names akin to violinist Shravan Sridhar and singers Gowtham Bharadwaj and Vandana Srinivasan, in addition to rapper Jay Hill and saxophonist Jennifer Simone.

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Expect eclectic preparations, masking every part from easy instrumental jazz to Tamil electro funk and lounge bhajans, put collectively over two years. “It has seven songs and with a full-time job as an aerospace engineer, as you can imagine, it took a lot of coordination and planning,” says the 30-year-old, who’s from Chennai and lives in Cincinnati along with his spouse Sarah and two canines , jilebi and masala.

One notable little factor is that across the similar time he started composing and arranging tracks for the album in 2016, he was additionally the youngest on a crew of engineers employed to optimize the bobsled’s aerodynamics for the US Team to enhance the Winter Olympics! Coordinating with musicians throughout time zones and two continents – might need been rather a lot simpler compared!

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Recorded from Skype periods, bed room jams {and professional} studio periods – look out for tracks just like the psychedelic Vilaiyadu (sung by Gowtham Bharadwaj), a soulful Vizhi (Harish Manigandan & Shravan Sridhar) and Bicycle Blasphemies, a lounge-style sax composition Style (carried out by Jennifer Simone). The latter has spectacular footage captured by skilled bicycle owner Jamie Anderson. “He’s a friend of mine and about a year ago he came home from his cross-country bike expedition with a hard drive full of GoPro footage of his escapades,” Kedhar remembers. He provides, laughing, “I never gave that hard drive back.” At the time, Kedhar was nonetheless studying modifying software program and hadn’t discovered methods to rotate the clips, so he did, however did not prefer it that a lot.

With a brand new band within the pipeline and a hip-hop EP within the works someday early subsequent yr with MC Chetan, we’re interested by one last item earlier than signing off. Why Radar with Okay? He replies with a humorous backstory: “When I first moved to the US in 2009, I got tired of explaining the correct pronunciation of my name Kedhar to Americans. Until one day I discovered that the best way to describe it in a way that was easy for Americans to understand was to mention that it sounds like Radar with a K. That stuck and eventually became my composer/producer alias!”

sonali@newindianexpress.com | @Brightasunshine

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