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THE TOP 10 EMERGING INDIE ARTISTS YOU CANNOT MISS OUT ON!

By MTS Discover | 23rd December, 2014

The indie music scene in India has been growing rapidly since the 90’s, and god bless their hearts! It has only been going upward ever since. The popularity of indie musicians is evident in the many music festivals that are held across the country and the brilliant crowd of enthusiasts that one gets to witness. Today, we bring you the top 10 emerging indie bands that are gaining popularity by the minute.

Let’s begin.

1. THE LIGHT YEARS EXPLODE

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True to their name, the music of this indie rock trio from Mumbai explode in a sparkling rainbow of fire-crackers. The effusive delight with which The Lightyears Explode approach the sounds reflects through the out-put and the listener finds themselves captured in the after-glow.

2. BEGUM

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Confluences of psychedelic, tradition, reggae, rock, experimentalism and more meets at Begum. The trio from Delhi do not chain themselves to any one idea and this flexibility means that each track serves to highlight a style and they rarely come back to explore the same idea again.

3. THE KONIAC NET

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A kaleidoscope of colours reflect across the walls as The Koniac Net deliver measured and retrospective mellowing moods of sound. Whilst gently steeped, the compositions are not tepid, as this rock quintet from Mumbai invest numerous layers within the tracks that engage the audience in the flowing aural delights.

4. ZOO

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The depth of riches with which this alt-synth quartet from Kolkata invests their sounds, finds the music undulating around the room as though on a thermal current. The combinations of instruments and electronics provide the audience with thick pile wool carpets in which to wriggle their toes. Now that’s a feeling!

5. UNOHU

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Well driven sounds nail themselves into the ears as this alt-rock trio from Mumbai deliver songs which would sit well anywhere you can find a rock audience. The music is both steeped in melody and driving impetus, giving the band a solid platform from which to develop the textures, resulting in the listener receiving well-conceived and developed pieces of music which immediately capture attention.

6. KRISHNA’S TEMPLE ROCK

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Combining traditional classical Southern Indian influences with Western jazz and rock,Krishna’s Temple Rock through their extended tracks are able to offer some highly inventive and surprising pieces of music. The metronomic drone more normally provided by the tambula is replaced with the keys and morsingh which gives the music a more morose frame, the injection of sax and electronic instruments provide the injection of lighter flavours.

7. STILL RHYMING

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A hip-hop duo from Dimapur there is a subtle sound that Still Rhyming delivers – It is something of a surprise given the genre . The lyrics, whilst reflective of injustices, are equally inclusive and looking for a path through the conundrums of life. This thoughtful process allows Still Rhyming to create music which has a strangely calming effect and is far from typical of hip-hop, perhaps chill-zone rap would be a better genre definition.

8. YESTERDRIVE

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Smartly shaped sounds flow across the room as Yesterdrive deliver music which resonates of the past and present. Through the combination of electronics and instrumentation the quintet is able to infuse layers of textures to their music.

9. THE GANESH TAKIES

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This Alt/Pop/Rock/Reggae/Ska/Bollywood kitsch band from Kolkata, lists their greatest inspirations as “Damon Albarn, Radiohead and Bappi Lahiri! That’s right, they’re talking about India’s black and gold shrouded disco colossus, the Gods from Oxfordshire and the guy who fronted the band that sang the song everyone obnoxiously calls ‘woo hoo’. It’s a combination as unique as the band itself.

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10. THE VINYL RECORDS

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Taking to the stage to confront some of the issues facing many women across India, they also express those very real fears in their music. The Vinyl Records breathe like fresh air across the sub-continent as they challenge both ‘traditional values’ and current reality, whilst not hiding their own concerns and trepidation

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