Wall Of Noise End Of The Year List – Best Of Indian Music in 2017 – Part 2

2017 is about to close, and it has been an interesting year for bands and musicians in India. A number of new acts put out their debut albums and EPs, many festivals were organized across the country, and we even had a few notable international acts play here.

We asked some music writers and promoters to contribute to our very first End Of The Year list. The idea was for each person to pick an album or EP put out by an Indian musician in 2017, and write a bit about why that artist stood out for them.

Here is the second part of the list with picks from collectives and promoters:

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Wall Of Noise End Of The Year List – Best Of Indian Music in 2017 – Part 1

2017 is about to close, and it has been an interesting year for bands and musicians in India. A number of new acts put out their debut albums and EPs, many festivals were organized across the country, and we even had a few notable international acts play here.

We asked some music writers and promoters to contribute to our very first End Of The Year list. The idea was for each person to pick an album or EP put out by an Indian musician in 2017, and write a bit about why that artist stood out for them.

Here is the first part of the list with picks from music writers:

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Listening Session: Runt – Rhymes With

Mumbai based singer and guitar player Siddharth Basrur has been a busy man over the past year. Basrur has had time to record vocals for songs for films, has sung for ad films, toured with bands Last Remaining Light and Goddess Gagged, and now has put out an EP of music through his solo project, Runt. Basrur took up guitar, bass and vocal duties for this project, with drums tracked by drummer Aditya Ashok. The album was released digitally through iTunes and Google Play on June 5.

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Listening Session: Cowboy And Sailor Man – Closet Dancer

Mr Tailor came to both cowboy and sailor man/He brought cowboy hat for sailor man” is the lyric on American punk/pop group Deerhoof’s song ‘My Purple Past’, which is what inspired Mumbai based multi-instrumentalist Apurv Agarwal’s solo project’s moniker. Cowboy and Sailor Man came about in 2013, while Agarwal was studying music at the McNally Smith College in the US. His debut EP, ‘Closet Dancer’ was released as a pay-what-you-want download on May 12.

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Listening Session: Shoals – ‘Mad Turf’

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Delhi based studio project Shoals, comprising of Utkarsh Varma and Sidharth Gupta, list Steven Wilson, Massive Attack, hip-hop DJ Kaytranda and oddly, Ancient Aliens (which is a History Channel series), as their influences. But the duo draws inspiration from a wider palette of alternative sounds and styles like post-rock, electronica, and trip-hop for their debut EP, ‘Mad Turf’. Recorded and produced entirely at home, the EP was released on April 13 through Bandcamp as a pay-what-you-want download.

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