Sarathy Korwar now lives in the UK. He was born in the USA and grew up in India. His music has grown from a Jazz foundation to incorporate traditional and modern indian, electronic, rap and folk sounds over time. More Arriving is his second album and is fired up by a divided Britain and his own experiences of living here. Confrontational, at times abrasive, Korwar is sending his passionate message out there.
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Sarathy Korwar's new record is many things: a democratic exercise, a globe-trotting trip round various styles and genres, a political missive, a paean, and a critique. 'More Arriving' contains a huge array of different types of music like jazz, spiritual jazz, Hindustani classical music, and spoken word. And on top of all that there's even MCing, techno basslines, and hushed ambient instrumentation.
The album seems to shrink into itself as it progresses; though this is no bad thing. 'More Arriving' starts with the pretty upfront 'Mumbay', which has a killer hook and lots of energy, but as it cycles through the eight songs it becomes far more introspective both in sound and lyrical content. Contrast a song like 'Mumbay', full of bombast and vim and vigour, and penultimate track 'Good Ol' Vilayati' which is hypnotic and immersive. The final track, 'Pravasis', opens with a single striking of a stringed instrument, before slowly descending into a spoken-word piece about immigration accompanied by (what I believe to be) tablas.
In second song 'Jallaad' you can hear the sound of a city as well as recorded music playing over a speaker. The two elements begin to interact and form one whole by the end. This is a perfect metaphor for 'More Arriving'. It's the sound of a music that is engaged in its environment, and contains the lived experience of all its players. As Korwar states: "this record is a snapshot of something much greater than myself. It’s the chance to send a message".
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