Hello Hello - MIDIval PunditZ
The Indian Electronica movement wouldn’t have happened without guys like Karsh Kale, Talvin Singh and Midival Punditz. And of course, the forward-thinking label Six Degrees. But, some musical pioneers are like submarines. After torpedoing your pre-conceptions, they run silent, run deep. Following the Punditz’ haunting 2005 release, Midival Times the New Delhi duo of Gaurav Raina and Tapan Rai seemingly vanished without a trace only to reappear four years later, back on Six Degrees and back creating their brand of Cyber Mehfil.. Hello Hello would appear to be their way of getting reacquainted. Karsh Kale joins the Punditz on several tracks, lending vocoder voice to the opener, Electric Universe. One of the prettiest pieces, Har Ek Baat creates a 21st century soundscape for the words of 19th century poet Mirza Ghalib. They also give an Eastern update to Zep’s Four Sticks, replete with a loop of the original riff. As for the movement, four years is a long time for any emerging music genre, and Indian Electronica has been absorbed into an even larger sphere of global/electronic expression. But the scene is better with Midival Punditz than without.