Track Of The Day: Ishani – ‘Stormy Emotions’

Lamenting the transition from heartbreak in to a new phase of independence; Ishani‘s latest single ‘Stormy Emotions’ fuses trip-hop beats and industrial-pop in sublime style. Brooding, hypnotic and sensual; the single is a cathartic electronic outpouring of personal relief.

Born and raised in Bangalore in India, Ishani later obtained a degree in TV, Film & Radio in Singapore before moving to London to study Audio Engineering at Alchemea & Point Blank. Her music often centers around difficult themes – single ‘Don’t Stop The Fight’ explores the horrific social effects of rape, whilst ‘Dark Angel’ was inspired by the loss of two of her friends to suicide. Despite these traumatic contexts, Ishani’s music breeds an atmosphere of strength and independence, and ‘Stormy Emotions’ is another example of her ability to shine a light on a truly dark situation.

Speaking about the track, Ishani explains: “This song is about the death of a relationship and the overwhelming pain that can come with that. It is also however about moving into a new phase of life.” Ishani’s musical efforts have not gone un-noticed this year; she was made a BBC Introducing artist by Bobby Friction, and she continues to impress bloggers and radio hosts (including us) across the web. Listen to ‘Stormy Emotions’ below and follow Ishani on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: Sit Down – ‘Mothership’

Inspired by their love of sci-fi & Route 66: Brighton-based duo Sit Down have shared a video for their single ‘Mothership’. Filmed entirely on VHS by the band during an American road-trip, the visuals show the pair frequenting highways and diners as their thunderous single plays on in the background.

The video has been released alongside the the exciting announcement that they will play Reading and Leeds Festivals this year for BBC Introducing. Taken from their recent debut EP Cheap Luxe, ‘Mothership’ is a blur of aliens and autonomy, as drumming front woman Katie Oldham explains: “There’s an undeniably feminist message behind it, like there is with the majority of our songs. It’s mostly about growing into womanhood, but also just loving the idea of this huge all-powerful alien queen invading earth to save us from horrible men.”

The band are keen to keep things DIY too, as Guitarist Greg Burns adds: “The decision to film ‘Mothership’ on VHS was not just purely for the aesthetic, it also embodies exactly what we stand for with Cheap Luxe, the namesake of our EP. To us, Cheap Luxe is embracing the crude, ramshackle reality of life in a world so obsessed with projecting perfection. It’s about this real, gritty rawness that’s so much more fun than taking yourself seriously. Doing everything DIY is important to us, and there was something so magic about working so hard to go on this once in a lifetime adventure and film this thing, which we could only then afford to do on an old camcorder we got for a few quid at a car boot sale. It’s perfect.”

We think Sit Down are perfect too! Watch the video below and follow the band on Facebook for more updates.

Sit Down have also released a photo diary zine, featuring 35mm film snapshots behind the scenes of the ‘Mothership’ video, which are available on their bandcamp page.

Sit Down 2018 Tour Dates
August 17th – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton w/ Gloo
August 23rd – Old Blue Last, London w/ Average Sex
August 25th – BBC Introducing Stage, Reading Festival
August 26th – BBC Introducing Stage, Leeds Festival
October 13th – The 2nd Floor, Chester

Photo Credit: Bridie Florence

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut