5 Best Releases Of 2017.

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.

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPvFp7jNluc&t=82s

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/lo_peninsula

2. 15 LightgreyYou 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.

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/15lightgrey

3. EyoomEidi 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.

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/eyoom-band

4. AtingkokAroobana 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.

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/atingkok

5. SilheibaKhallui (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.

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiKEWSr0c4o

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/silheiba-ningombam/khallui

Sofar Sounds finally made its way to Imphal.

Sofar Sounds (an acronym for Songs From A Room) is an expanding global community of artists and music lovers reimagining live events through curated, secret performances in intimate settings all around the world. Imphal is also now a part of this beautiful secret series gigs happening in more than 387 cities worldwide.

It started in London in March 2009 when Rafe Offer, Rocky Start and Dave J. Alexander who went to a Friendly Fires concert and became annoyed by people talking over the music, gazing into their Smartphones or hearing the clanging of beer bottles. As a consequence, they decided to put on their own gig in Alexander’s North London flat and invited eight friends over to listen to him play five songs in his living room. Now Sofar Sounds is live in more than 387 cities pulling up more than 500 such intimate gigs in a month worldwide. 

 HOW IT WORKS?

Anybody can apply on the Sofar Sounds website to be a guest, host or perform at any Sofar gig. The relevant city team will review the applications and get in touch with the applicants for further processes.

Typically, three artists perform at each Sofar gig with no “opener” and no “headliner”. Performers apply to be considered via a form on the website. Musicians of all genres as well as spoken word poets, comedians and even dancers are welcome to apply. Local Sofar Sounds lead ambassadors / bookers and their review committees and music scouts curate the evenings. The line-up for a concert is not disclosed until the event starts; the location (often a private living room with an average size of 70 people) is announced 24 hours before the show. Guests arrive on time for the first act and are encouraged to stay for the entire show. Events are normally BYOB, and emphasis is placed on the crowd being respectful – switching off their phones and listening. Sofar Sounds also claims that highlighting headline acts encourages people to turn up late and not respect the other performers, so that is why all artists are being treated equal. Artists are often filmed, with the edited video uploaded to the Sofar Sounds YouTube channel and shared on the website.

Sofar Sounds Imphal

Imphal made its debut Sofar Sound gig on 27th August 2017 featuring two amazing local acts – Atingkok, an alternative folk band and a dreampop/shoegaze trio Lo! Peninsula at Books & Cofee, Singjamei. The turn up for the gig was not much since it was the first ever Sofar gig for Imphal but secret gig resulted a promising impression on the music lovers of the city who were a part of the whole new complete organic environment dedicated only to music alone. 

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To register for upcoming gigs in Imphal: Sofar Sounds Imphal