It has been a pretty good couple of months for Photoreal. For all you unawares Photoreal is a band I am in with my friend Dan Halperin. I have written english songs for a long long time and this band allows me to showcase that side of my talents(?) We were one of the featured bands for the NPR tiny desk contest for the song ‘Wholonesome’ and this week the mega blog Consequence of Sounds premiered our latest single ‘That Life’. There is a definite 80’s vibe to these tunes, not sure how or why it happened but I think its the coolest thing since shaved ice. Enjoy them and please share!
At long last it seems like I will be releasing a collection of songs. It took me long enough, but the past few years have been challenging and transformative. It seemed essential to allow myself the opportunity and time to absorb the flux and channel it into my music.
This EP which will have four songs is called ‘Jharana Sahar’. It is an ode to the place where I grew up; Budhanilkantha School. Nestled on the base of the Shivapuri hills, the school will always hold a special place in me for its ties to my friends and my family as well. Since my mother was a teacher there, we lived in one of the flats in the compound. It was where I learned to ride a bike, learned my first guitar chords, where my sister was born; it was home.
Time can drag sometimes but when it flies, its devastating in its speed. Sometimes I think about the past ten years of my life and it hits me how little of it I have actually spent with my family. Its a sentiment shared by many of us who live abroad and when it sinks in you the sadness can be debilitating.
When I try to reminisce about my childhood the picture that looms supreme is that of the huge Shivapuri hills right in our backyard. Its lush greenery is still vivid in my mind. The thing I remember the most though are the numerous breathtaking waterfalls that resided on the hill’s benevolent visage. Hence, Jharana(Waterfall) Sahar(City).
All the songs in this EP deal with a yearning amplified by time. It is also an essential ache that keeps us human, a wispy reminder that we are infinite in our capacity for love.
‘Jharana Sahar’ will be released on March 27
Yo naya geet chahi aleek krajee cha hai mind nagarnu hola..
I wrote the most of this song a couple of years ago (2011?) my memory is hazy. In a lot of ways this was the first “proper” song I had written, an homage to the songwriting tradition of the beat bands of the 1960’s.
This song holds special meaning to me as my father is a pilot for Nepal Airlines and has been flying aero planes for a living since as long as I can remember. In fact, he wrote “Mai Runchu” while he was stationed in Dolpa. As a result, planes have always held a special nostalgic feeling for me, especially the twin otters that fly domestically within Nepal. A lot of the songs for the new album have elements of that kind of that faint yet unshakable nostalgia of ones younger days.
I still remember the first time I was able to accompany my father to the cockpit of one of these planes. All the dials, the switches, the knobs and the levers fascinated me even more than the view outside the window. While I never followed in his footsteps and became a pilot, I have somehow ended up working with the dials, switches and knobs as well. The only difference is that they live on my guitars, amps, pedals and my recording gear.
The initial idea was to imagine someone who grew up in a situation that was the complete antithesis of my childhood. This song was written for that little child who has never seen a plane up close. To him or her it is a thing of mystery, curiosity and ultimately, hope.
A huge thanks to Bikash dai for completing the lyrics to the songs. When I started all I had was the first verse and the idea. He was the one who fleshed it out with the beautiful imagery and a wonderful chorus.
All of the recording for this song was done by me in my small bedroom on my tiny laptop. A big thank you to Phil Abbot who lifted the cobwebs off of this bedroom production and made it something that I am happy and proud to share.
I have lived with song for years and it feels good to finally set it free. I hope that it brings you the same joy it has brought to me and my family.
This was an interview with me for ECS living taken by Sneha Manandhar this past winter. Reading it reminds me of the really fun shows I played in kathmandu last year, it was indeed a delight. Thank you for coming to see me : )
I was on TV today. I am playing Prochfest tomorrow( Sunday Sep 14 ) first as the Rungs at 1 pm and a solo set at 2pm at 517 N. Tioga St.