Soumik Datta, Tiger Tiger Review
Soumik Datta is a composer, television presenter, and sarod player. He has collaborated with Beyonce, Jay-Z, Bill Bailey, Talvin Singh, Akram Khan, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and the City of London Sinfonia, to name a few. Datta has received praise from the likes of Vogue, The Guardian, The Independent, and GQ Magazine. His live performances include events such as BBC Proms, Glastonbury and Womad. Datta’s music unites Indian classical melodies with modern urban beats to create an eclectic mix of sounds that are both magnificent and groundbreaking. Playing the nineteen stringed, fretless sarod, he spins out beautiful melodies with complex rhythms and glissando notes to augment the emotional impact. Following his EP, Jangal, Datta, is now releasing his new single titled, “Tiger Tiger.”Positives: An adventure in rhythms and ebb and flow, “Tiger Tiger,” will inspire and stimulate the aural senses. Bottom Line: “Tiger Tiger” has impassioned playing and an exotic combination of Indian Classical music with urban beats. Talking about the single, Soumik elaborates, “Tiger Tiger is the continuation of my previous EP Jangal. Themed around deforestation and the climate change crisis, the compositions in Jangal used my sarod woven in with instruments and musical styles from forests that are being cleared at alarming rates. Drums from the Amazon region blended with tribal woodwinds from North East India and tuned metal percussion from Indonesia to create an uproar of sound. Tiger Tiger is the finale to this collection of songs, featuring many of the same instruments with additional electronic textures and samples of forest fires. It is a response to man’s continual destruction of nature. This track imagines the roar of animals as they speed through the forest, watching their homes on fire.” The trio is a blaze of rhythms, cross-rhythms, and interaction. “Tiger Tiger” has varying degrees of intensity, and the group builds each section to a climax. Datta’s sarod playing is based on the scales and techniques of Indian classical music, but the music surrounding him also incorporates more modern and urban sounds and beats. The result is a world music sound that is fresh and exciting. That’s the short of it!
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Tiger Tiger (single)
Release Date: April 22, 2020
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