The nationwide lockdown announced on the 24th of March, 2020, in the face of the Novel Coronavirus outbreak has seen millions of Indians locked away at home for almost two months. This period of stillness has seen amateur cooks turned chefs, fitness enthusiasts in the guise of personal trainers, and millions upon millions of Indians glued to TV screens, as professional binge-watchers in their own right. While the world has seemingly stopped turning, and the streets la bare, our nations creatives have been honing their skill by burning the midnight oil, to bring a taste of art, and artistic creativity to the routine of staying in.
From the heart-wrenching to the joyful, here’s TheVibe’s Roundup of the best of Lockdown Music.
°Organic Manic – Blame Adam
This offering from Mumbai’s own Adam Malvi aka Blame Adam is a commentary on the intrinsic duality of human and natural duality, with the music video drawing on the teaching of Carl Jung’s ‘Shadow Self’.
°Kya Tum Naraaz Ho? – Tanmaya Bhatnagar
Self-taught singer-songwriter Tanmaya Bhatnagar’s Kya Tum Naraz Ho? is a sore-hearted, unsent love letter which laments the subtle heartbreaks of modern-day relationships.
°Keep Holding on – Rohan Solomon
Singer-Songwriter, Composer, Vocal Coach and Audio Engineer all rolled into one, Rohan Solomon of alt-rock outfit Cyanide brings us a touching reminder to keep holding onto hope, no matter how far away tomorrow seems.
°People – Nikhil D’souza
Nikhil D’souza’s People is a message for our times, to strive for tolerance and uplift and support those around us, and to overcome our differences, whether they be over race, religion or class.
°Karma Police – Parekh & Singh
A cover of the classic Radiohead track, Parekh & Singh bring us this stunning video to accompany their rendition of Karma Police.
°My Other Side – Taba Chake
Written in the year 2016, Taba Chake’s plea to be there for one another during these difficult times is perfectly encapsulated in this stunning video by @Lazyom, released on the 1 year anniversary of the album ‘Bombay Dreams’.
°Let the Light In Ft. KAVYA – Seasonal Affected Beats
Seasonal Affected Beats is the alter ego of artist, beatmaker and composer Tarun Balani, whose track, Let the Light In featuring Kavya Trehan, is a reminder to stay positive, even when the world doesn’t seem as bright anymore.
°Raani – MALFNKTION
MALFNKTION’s much-beloved Raani’s new unofficial music video is an ode to Mumbai locals. With love to all men and women, struggling in the lockdown to get to work or get back home because of public transport shutdown.
°Age of Limbo – Mali
Singer-songwriter Maalavika Manoj aka Mali’s new music video for the track Age of Limbo is a portrait of the world under lockdown, stitched together from footage sourced from fans all across the world.
°Simple Thing Ft. IAMI – Sandunes
°Bebayaan – Ankur Tewari
Ankur Tewari’s Bebayaan is a reminder to appreciate the little things, which, trivial as they may seem, can make a world of difference.
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