Shubh Saran – “It Was You”

New York-based Indian guitarist and composer Shubh Saran has performed throughout the world, captivating audiences in Canada, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and India in addition to stateside. His music touts universal appeal, drawing inspiration from contemporary American music and Indian music, injecting modern jazz, rock, and neo-soul into a highly sophisticated sound representative of talented musicianship. A Berklee College of Music alumnus, Shubh has also performed to date with the likes of A.R. Rahman, Michael Lynche, Timothy Bloom, and Omi. If that hasn’t convinced you that he’s quickly on the rise, take a listen to the gorgeous “It Was You”, off his new album Hmayra, released May 7th and available for streaming on Spotify here.

The instrumental crack starts with a slight alternative-leaning guitar distortion, with gradual percussive additions leading into brass-tinged excitement. Parts guitar-laden spy theme and swanky brass-led swagger, “It Was You” shows the impressive power and atmosphere Shubh produces in his songwriting, culminating in an excellent second-half where the brass and guitar work combine for a melodically riveting listen.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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