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Genre-defying, live experimental electronica producer and composer, Donn Bhat has been a familiar face and name in the music scene since the release of his debut album in 2006. In the years since, his music has been featured on a number of platforms, including the MTV TV series Bring On The Night. In 2011, he was featured as the BBC artist of the month on the Bobby Friction show aired in the UK.
With his desire to begin performing the music he had been writing, in 2013 Donn Bhat put together a band that debuted at Ziro Festival and then went on to play gigs across the country and win a number of fans in the process. The dreamy electro/pop single Stars Align became an especially big hit for Donn Bhat and has received a great deal of radio airplay since.
With the release of the album Passenger Revelator, Donn Bhat will take his music live with a smaller setup – minus the band – while still collaborating with various musicians along the way. Says Donn, “Having played my music with a full band at festivals and gigs last year, I believe my sound is now gravitating towards the experimental electronic space where the music remains ‘live’ and performance oriented, and moves the listener both physically and emotionally. I also want to lay an emphasis on visuals as an integral part of the live experience. With the masked astronaut as our motif in our artwork, we will travel with him on his journeys into the past and future. The road is open, these are exciting times ahead.”
A fantastic 11-track effort, Passenger Revelator features some stunning collaborations and instrumentation, including a collaboration with Baul singer Malabika Brahma on the track 107. Looking beyond the ordinary, Donn Bhat has also incorporated the use of unconventional instruments in the album, such as the xylophone on Disco Disco and Say It
Again, as well as the trumpet on Say It Again. Passenger Revelator contains five unreleased tracks, aside from those that have gained much popularity over the past year, including the heavy, rock-influenced Samson Delilah and the bass-heavy Was An Animal. Among the unreleased are Disco Disco, which, as the name suggests, has something of a throwback disco vibe with a whole lot of funk, Belong, which is futuristic with electro-rock influences and Say It Again, which, with the xylophone and trumpet is calming, mellow, but a little nostalgic as well.
Disco Puppet is an electronic/ambient project by Shoumik Biswas (Space Behind the Yellow Room)
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