‘Kahaani’ is the third single in When Chai Met Toast’s début album that’s an ode to all of the issues that make us relive our youth, no matter our age
What makes us really feel younger? It’s a query that Kochi-based band When Chai Met Toast is exploring by its début album, three years since they started dominating the Indian indie/people pop scene.
Lately launched ‘Kahaani’, the third single in When We Really feel Younger, lets a delicate acoustic guitar and banjo fill in one another’s silences. The sound is endearingly acquainted to listeners of indie people, however what’s totally different this time round is that the lyrics are solely in Hindi. Penned by Ankur Tewari — one other favorite amongst Hindi-speaking crowds with a liking for quiet acoustics — ‘Kahaani’ is about “two good individuals who simply met on the fallacious time,” as vocalist Ashwin Gopakumar places it.
“We felt the tune suited Hindi lyrics and as soon as we had determined that, there was no higher individual than Ankur to pen the track,” he says, including, “In February, Ankur wrote the track on a serviette, throughout a flight, and despatched us an image of it. That’s it, it didn’t want many iterations.”
A take a look at the track’s remark part on YouTube — full of individuals claiming to name their exes after listening to this track — would make it appear that recognising ‘the one which obtained away’ (regardless of the vaguely abductor-like phrasing) is a ceremony of passage into maturity.
And this throwback to youth is the overarching theme of the album; it’s not a lot about being younger as it’s the vagaries of moods that make us relive our youth. “These feelings you have got if you’re younger, can come again to you even when you’re 20, 40, 50…” says Ashwin.
Earlier than ‘Kahaani’’s restrained melody was preceeded by an all out celebration within the type of the band’s second track, ‘Possibly I can Fly’. Palee Francis’s use of the synth and Pai Sailesh’s drums evoke the push of heady confidence in a single’s future.
The primary track of the album is the eponymous ‘When We really feel Younger’ which has Ashwin singing of an ageless love. “That track was really us our dad and mom and realising how good they’re with one another,” he says. This hit deeper particularly after the pandemic, once they returned to dwell with their households after 5 years of gigs — Ashwin in Thiruvananthapuram and Palee, Sailesh and guitarist Achyuth Jaigopal in Kochi.
“I’ve seen how my dad and mom obtained by the lockdown collectively,” he says including, “My father has retired however my mom hasn’t. So he drops her to her work and picks her up on daily basis, and within the evenings they share a drink and play Scrabble. You probably have love like that, no matter be your age, you are feeling younger.”
To sounds of Nature
- In rain-swept Vagamon, the 4 members of When Chai Met Toast sit huddled round a wood desk within the centre of all issues inexperienced, enjoying to the sounds of Nature. Alongside the album, the band is releasing a sequence of ‘Nature Tapes’, that includes stripped down variations of their songs. “We now have to journey lots however wherever we go, we attempt to be as sustainable as doable. As a result of all 4 of us are very surroundings acutely aware, and we love Nature. That is certainly one of our methods of displaying that (minimalism),” says vocalist Ashwin Gopakumar. After capturing three movies at Little Flower Farms in Vagamon, the band is now seeking to shoot the opposite songs someplace in Kochi.
The album has been a year-and-a-half within the making, reveals Ashwin. If not for the pandemic, the band would have headed to the US for recording and geared toward a June launch. “Earlier than the lockdown started, we already had three songs able to be launched.”
After which, after a quick hiatus of staying at residence, as soon as travelling turned simpler once more, the band met and determined to launch the album anyway. “It was a nasty time for everybody and we thought releasing new songs would make us all really feel higher.” There are 5 extra upcoming songs from the album and they’re all being combined and mastered at present; “the subsequent one is named ‘Ocean Tide’,” he provides.