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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 imitators, despite their roots in ethnic music. Desert Rain is a more vibrant and stylish album than the band's later releases, if not as popular, and after its release as a limited-edition copy in 1997 for circulation around Delhi, it was re-released in 2002 given the increasingly massive popularity of the band.


Genre: Indian Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Indian Ocean are the biggest underground success in India. A cult band in its own right, the group has amalgamated Indian folk music with Western rock, the bandmembers denying any limitations to their personal craft that might arise due to the demands of hitting the mainstream. Indian Ocean have been savored by their listeners, and their small yet perfect body of work has made the experience of their music totally delicious. Indian Ocean started in 1984 as an instrumental duo with Susmit Sen on guitars...
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