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The Lightyears Explode Turn Inspire Time with Bouncy Soundless Single ‘Nostalgia ninety nine’

David Britto
Apr 22, 2021

Mumbai outfit The Lightyears Explode. Photo: Courtesy of the artist

While Mumbai outfit The Lightyears Explode’s corpulent-length debut album The Revenge of Kalicharan executed eight years since its beginning this previous weekend, it’s simplest been six months since their most most modern offering — the four-observe EP Mellow — used to be put out. With a commerce in sound from their garage rock roots to more pop-punk, the band tells us they were “moderately apprehensive” forward of Mellow got here out. Frontman Saurabh Roy says, “It used to be assorted from the file it got here after and the time between the two and we’re so overjoyed with how of us reacted to it and were beginning to us attempting unusual things.”

Although the band regrets not being ready to play their most modern file live resulting from the pandemic, they’ve spent worthy of their time focussing on writing and recording unusual songs. Their first beginning this twelve months is the bubbly unusual single “Nostalgia 99.”

Based mostly mostly on the community, the first model of the unusual track used to be written final twelve months in March appropriate when the first lockdown used to be imposed. Inspire then, the band put a transient snippet of them performing the track on their Instagram page. Roy says, “We put the video up because we felt we’re too treasured with our demos and the early phases of our course of and we made a acutely conscious likelihood to place more of our unfinished ideas obtainable once in some time.” He provides, “Over the twelve months we fleshed it out, comely-tuned the manufacturing and the lyrics.”

“Nostalgia 99” entails a disco meets pop meets retro sound whereas The Lightyears also throw in their punk and rock ingredients too. Maintaining that in mind, Roy used to be interested on writing lyrics that complemented the instrumentation. He says, “I are inclined to return to it (nostalgia) loads.” The vocalist-guitarist provides, “How the rotten conditions affected my emotional development and the intention intoxicating the ideally suited conditions might perhaps additionally additionally be and the intention the combination of the two when left unchecked can impact your fresh relationships.”

The observe opens with synths and frantic soundscapes whereas pumping drums, tight bass grooves, guitar elaborations lope thru. Roy’s spiraling vocal provide and catchy melodies absorb you are making an strive to mutter alongside with him as you hear to the track. The band recorded “Nostalgia 99” at Roy’s home studio and self-produced it. It used to be then mixed by Ganesh Singaram and mastered by Richard Lake.

Maintaining with the theme of nostalgia, the artwork entails photos of Roy and bassist Shalom Benjamin as youth. Scoring substitute parts for the cutesy visual, the vocalist-guitarist says, “Harmeet Rahal, who did the art for Mellow as effectively, got here up with the thought. Your whole course of of picking out and displaying every assorted our ragged photos used to be also a grand bonding expertise for us.”

As the 2d wave of the pandemic is upon us for the time being, The Lightyears command us it’s been titillating for them each and every emotionally and financially like so many others in the country. On the different hand, Roy says, “However we acknowledge privilege and perfect fortune as effectively, seeing how worthy danger so many of us are going thru.” With spherical 5 songs already recorded, the band plans on releasing more singles all twelve months lengthy whereas concurrently plotting their sophomore corpulent-length album.

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