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Chennai band Big Sam’s EP Stay is finally here

Last updated on March 24, 2020


This prolonged play (EP) has been within the making even earlier than the band was. The first lyrics of Big Sam’s Stay had been written in 2016. The first music of Stay, known as ‘Phenomenal Woman’, was launched in June 2019 with a slick, considerably racy video, making certain for the debutantes loads of area within the highlight. After that, nevertheless, got here one other arduous look ahead to Big Sam followers, with a music here and a video there being launched between months-long gaps.

But as of final Friday, Stay is formally out and able to be binged on, and the wait appears to have been price it. “We started recording it in the beginning of 2018. Harshil Radhakrishnan of The F16s helped us put these tracks together; he has produced track number two, three, four and five,” says Samuel Vijayan, lead vocalist, lyricist and founding father of the five-member band that additionally contains drummer Goutham ‘Healer’ Balasubramaniam, keyboardist Chintan Trivedi, bassist Adithya Gopi and guitarist Akshay Yesodharan.

The seven-song idea EP, which begins out fortunately lovestruck, however then takes listeners by means of all of the levels of longing and heartbreak, has an general mellow vibe to it, however manages to swing between high-tempo pleasure (‘Phenomenal Woman’) and slowly mournful reverie (‘Dangerous’). The lyrics are simply heartfelt sufficient to make you dwell, and all through, it retains one thing of a nostalgic, softly retro pop, with ‘Here’ breaking the norm with some stunning acoustics.

For Samuel, the observe holds a particular place within the softly intense ‘Stay’, the declaration of longing with slight hints of techno and an intimate vibe. “It isn’t the first song I wrote, but it is the song that the entire EP stems from,” he explains. None of them, nevertheless, handle to reside as much as the emotive and craftily put collectively ‘Phenomenal Woman’, which had given rise to a completely totally different degree of expectations that had solely been heightened by the months of teasing, by means of video releases and animated promos on Instagram.

“I can’t draw, sketch or create anything from scratch. This was more of photo manipulating from existing templates,” says Samuel. He clearly has a set imaginative and prescient for every music, and manages to convey it with a playfully aesthetic quirk. The teaser promo for the disillusioned and disgruntled ‘All along’, for example, contains a foreground of a tropical (because the summery-pink sky suggests) condominium constructing with palm bushes and a basketball hoop. Seemingly urbane additions add the quirk: balloons stand up from behind the constructing, dragging up lyrics with them. So do aeroplane banners. Another aeroplane takes flight vertically from the bottom, pulling up with it what first appears like a darkish mountain, however ultimately seems to be a rip within the pink sky that reveals the starry universe past. Intriguing and interesting, virtually greater than the music itself.

Stay by BIGSAM is accessible on Spotify, Apple Music, Play Store, Saavn and different music streaming apps.

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