City musician Tathagata Bhowmik thinks there is no better alternative to channeling pent up emotions than music. Tathagata has been involved in the city’s soundscape for almost a decade now; touring with solo and duo concerts. After a brief stint in Mumbai, he returned to his hometown three years ago with the desire to give his originals a permanent facelift. After three years of hard work, he released his first EP- Heartbreak is a social construct with instrumentalists from across the country. The album consists of three songs touching the base of rock and roll alongside notes of electronica, pop, orchestra and ambient lo-fi. Here’s what the young performer has to say about his latest outing:
What are some of the recurring themes in Heartbreak is a social construct?
The songs were written in 2016 when I was performing a lot in urban spaces. The songs are an extension of my personal experiences. However, there is also a universal message and emotion involved. Each of us goes through periods of emotional upheaval at some point in our lives and I have tried to keep the thoughts relatable. The songs bring out deep-seated human emotions in a very simple way.
What makes the EP unique?
I always try to keep my song titles catchy to keep the curiosity quotient afloat. Arrangements include a wide range of orchestral instruments like horns, trumpets, violin, cello and jazz piano alongside classical guitar, drums and piano. song for dot has an electronic piano section while the second track Monday morning at 3 a.m. ends with a deliberately disjoint jazz coda from the song. It gives a completely different identity to the song. The last song, Two drunk astronauts is strongly harmonized and has a feeling of space.
What’s next on the list?
We need to release unique visuals that add quirkiness to the already released audio tracks. The first was shot over a period of a year where we picked random people to lip-synch to different parts of the song. We recently released its trailer. The second is an animation of two felines sharing a lovely love story. The third will see me play the whole song in sign language.
Heartbreak is a social construct is now streaming on YouTube.