Article by: Tanner Thompson
Out Friday on Gravitas Recordings, Grand Tapestry continues to enter untapped genres of music with their second LP, Tides. The duo is composed of Eligh, Los Angeles based rapper and producer, and Alam Khan, a musician who plays the Sarode. Alam’s late father, Ali Akbar Khan, was a legendary Indian composer who many credit as the reason for Indian music’s growing popularity in the west. Eligh and Alam Khan blend traditional Indian sounds with the modern beats of rap to create a project with feel-good vibes in a time where so many could use a pick-me-up.
The album kicks off with “Seagulls” featuring Raaginder on the violin and Kamaljeet Ahluwalia on the santoor. The song begins with upbeat lyrics to catch your attention and ends with soothing strings to leave the listener craving more. Grand Tapestry continues its beachy feel with the track “Tides,” painting both a literal picture of the ocean as well as a metaphoric theme of the constantly changing times. The third track on the album, “Believe,” sounds closer to hip-hop with sharp lyrics and a catchy chorus.
“Radiant” takes on a different vibe and opens the listener's mind with wavy sounds and melodic synths featuring Jay Gandhi and Zumbi. Next up is “Youth” which tells a story of young love and embracing whatever the future holds. The track is simple yet powerful with mostly guitar chords and lyrics. Grand Tapestry wraps up the LP with “Iman Kalyan” joined by Colin Brown on the piano, a mostly instrumental piece that puts the listener back on the beach with the tide rolling in.
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