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Desert Rain – Indian Ocean Live by Indian Ocean

Desert Rain - Indian Ocean Live by Indian Ocean

Album Review

Indian Ocean started essentially as a jam band, and Desert Rain showcases the early creations of the band in their most raw and spontaneous shapes. Recorded live in Delhi and later re-engineered, the songs here have structured compositional elements, yet in hindsight appear to be the results of spontaneous jams, and thus provide a vital link to the development of the music and the band’s early inspirations. It’s easy to notice what clicked with Indian Ocean — a focus on East Indian folk music that quickly gained attention from youthful listeners, an almost unplugged sound that complements their cultural attributes, and a rigid compact lineup with each member bringing in his unique technical preeminence, all rolled into a perfect body of work. These early compositions were written by Susmit Sen and Aseem Chakravarthy and later “hand-molded” into rock-based rhythmic structures by the inclusion of Rahul Ram’s bass and Amit Kilam’s percussion, leading to an album of considerable — even epic — importance. In judging the importance of their recorded output, one must also consider the fact that Indian Ocean have no…




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