The year 2017 has been a fabulous year of musical discovery – a statement maker in the local music scene of Imphal city. The year saw solid musical progression on a stepped-up level resulting in music fans of the city tapping their feet to various new sounds coming out from the newly evolved bands. There were ample of great releases this year. Here are our 5 best picks of 2017.
1. Lo! Peninsula – Chasing Tidal Waves (Single)
Genre: Shoegaze/Dream pop
Released: July 29
The first and only shoegaze outfit of the city, Lo! Peninsula, gave birth to this prodigal single at the right time of the year. Chasing Tidal Waves has been a remarkable statement in the growing local indie music scene. The single was reviewed on E-pao, aired on Brooklyn Free Radio and featured on ennuidotbomb’s compilation Stupiditties 11: Ask 11 Brewers, Get 10 Answers, and of course, embraced with intimate affection by everyone.
2. 15 Lightgrey – You Are The Only One (Single)
Genre: Electronic/ Experimental Ambience
Released: August 7
Previously, the song-writer/guitarist of the biggest indie group The Dirty Strikes, Tom Maisnam’s latest experimental electronic music journey 15 Lightgrey takes us to the exact opposite spectrum of what he used to sound like, unearthing his diverse musical identity. He has released three other singles earlier this year viz. A New Sign, Ready For Moon and A Brand New Shape before You Are The Only One turned out big and made it to the Stupiditties 11: Ask 11 Brewers, Get 10 Answers by ennuidotbomb alongside his local buds Lo! Peninsula.
3. Eyoom – Eidi Ethantani (EP)
Genre: Alternative/Contemporary Folk
Released: October 5
Following 2015’s single ‘Nangtani,’ Eyoom still tries to drive through the nostalgic yesteryears and paint pictures about lost love and the other uncertain sides of life in their new EP ‘Eidi Ethantani’. It’s evident that the band has a rich song-writing skill that has helped them garner this stage where they stand today and it’ll only be uphill from here if they carry on the same imaginative energy in their music going forward. Let’s see what the folk quintet has to offer in the coming years.
4. Atingkok – Aroobana Mataida (Single)
Genre: Alternative Folk
Released: October 14
Atingkok can be considered as Imphal’s only folk band who has successfully infused Manipuri folk elements in their sounds. Continuing its originality, the band finally released ‘Aroobana Mataida,’ a deliberate slow tempo-ed track that is ready to give you permanent pleasing shivers. The track has been also featured as an original soundtrack for a Manipuri movie ‘Laman Ama’. Kudos to the band for their inspirational pieces.
5. Silheiba – Khallui (Single)
Genre: Indie/Pop Rock
Released: November 7
Singer/songwriter Silheiba, ex-frontlead of Tarzan And The Perverts, came off with his debut solo project that took us all with a huge surprise in the fall. The single ‘Khallui’ still outshines the old fuzzy fast-tempo punk-pop driven sound that he started off his musical journey with. Lyrically, it seemed that he had lots to release off his chest on this track about love, trust and betrayal. The creative stop-motion music video of the track featuring the singer himself as the protagonist made it more engaging for the viewers.