Gayathri

Gayathri

BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Imagine a sound that brews up images of Bjork (if she were Indian) jamming with Simon & Garfunkel and Joni Mitchell drops in for a cigarette and a verse. RollingStone ME's highest rated unsigned artist to date, my debut album was recently successfully crowdfunded raising over $23,000 in ten days.

Biography

It all started in the south of India, where I was born. Music was the nanny in my home, the language most spoken within my family and quickly became my hidden place and playground.

A family made up of people who fit the Oscar Wilde description of the some of us that are "looking at the stars" we uprooted our lives in the pursuit of the Middle Eastern dream in 1992. There started the Dubai chapter where I grew up, was bought my first guitar, wrote my first set of songs, played my first gigs and realized that music was my purpose.

With a meticulous audiophile for a dad whose dizzying collection of Indian classical music concerts got under my skin at a very young age, my own music finds its roots in my roots. Combining that with my own finds, feeding my ears with everything from Joni Mitchell, Bjork, Jeff Buckley, Ella Fitzgerald, Nick Cave to the newer crop of songwriters like Feist, Radiohead & Regina Spektor, my music has become an emblem of all that inspires me.

The thing that fuels everything for me is that I'm an independent at heart. My most recent triumph to that end was getting my first album successfully crowdfunded, raising over $23,000 in ten days.
With my first album that released online globally on 1st of March, 2013, two EPs and two self-powered European tours under my belt, I have steadily built the momentum that drives me as a musician, an artist and a person.
I was titled the highest reviewed and rated unsigned artist to date by RollingStone ME, who, in a recent expose described my music, as "artful and romantic" and dubbed me "A stalwart of the local (Middle East) scene".

Currently in rehearsals and prep mode for the launch of my debut album with concerts planned in London, Dubai & India,
in the month of May followed by a summer tour in the US.

Lyrics

Bed & Blanket

Written By: Gayathri & Reiner Erlings

Bed And Blanket

I love the way your hair smells in the morning
and your nose half-smooshed in your pillow
It's time for you to wake cuz I'm so h**ny
If not that's cool I'll go work out instead

Pre-chorus:
They would trade you their most prized possessions
If they could hit snooze one more time

This bed & our blanket is all we need
The whole world's here why should we have to leave
These last few hour went by in just one blink
why can't the sun just rise a little later

I hate that it's been 8 hours since I saw you
Your picture on my desk doesn't say much

They finally played our song on the radio
But what's the use, when you're not here with me

Pre-chorus:
The hug and the kiss they share on arrival
feels like it did the first time

This bed & our blanket is all we need
The whole world's here why should we have to leave
These last few hour went by in just one blink
why can't the sun just rise a little later

Outro:
They would trade you their most prized possessions
If they could hit snooze one more time

Our Little Thing

Written By: Gayathri

So we're standing at the doorstep
And your bags are already in the back of the cab
You say you'll be back soon
But baby lets face it
It's gonna be a while

You promise me you'll write me everyday
Even if there are only mundane things to say
And I give you my word that I won't cut my hair
Or go out wearing your favorite black dress

And I will wait by the telephone
For your nightly calls
And I promise I won't have
Our brand of fun
with anyone else at all

You place your hand
On the plump of my cheek
And you say to me "you're so beautiful"
And I give you that look
that says you're so full of shit and I
Kiss you goodbye

And as the cab pulls away
I think to myself

It's time you came home
You belong in my arms

This is our little world
This is our little street
This is our little routine
This is our little thing

Champion of Broken Hearts

Written By: Gayathri

I vacated my body
and only my shadow was left behind
The trees that watch my back
sent the wind to dry my tears

Pre-Chorus:
How could I have smiled so wide
and cried so loud a day apart 
Was it all a lie, a devious ploy
An army of words deployed and
BOOM! I'm destroyed

Cuz I've been

Chorus:
Jumpkicked in the heart
Defeated from the start
Champion of Broken Hearts
DING! DING! DING!

Champion of Broken Hearts
Champion of Broken Hearts

Nothing in the world is singular
Linked to something we are
By someone we're made and with someone we'll stay
so why not you with I?

Pre-Chorus:
Must we find the ring in the guts of a fish
to prove you loved me once upon a time
Shouldn't you be tried in court of love
'cuz you're not guilty and
it's killing me inside

Cuz I've been

Chorus:
Jumpkicked in the heart
Defeated from the start
Champion of Broken Hearts
DING! DING! DING!

Champion of Broken Hearts
Champion of Broken Hearts

Greatest Love Story

Written By: Gayathri

Verse 1:
It's been 8 hours since I told you
I was leaving
You just lay there asleep like a rock
Like a rock

25 years felt like a sentence
that ran on too long
You just lay there asleep
like a rock, like a rock

Pre-chorus
And all the warning bells are silent
In 'red flag' city
All the grace has returned to me
No more self-pity

Chorus
Don't know if it's sad or sweet
You're still the greatest love story
of my life

Verse 2
We stayed together for the kids
And their dwindling sense of family
Then they left home and left us with no alibi
No alibi

Then a glorious wave of nostalgia hit
we thought we owed it to ourselves to give it
another try, another try

Pre-chorus
Now nothing but the ruins of us remain
Mementos serve as reminders of the
good ol' days

Chorus
Don't know if it's sad or sweet
You're still the greatest love story
of my life

Bridge
And in a parallel universe
These war wounds would heal themselves
We'd pick up the pieces
And start over once more
This pain our hearts would re-endure

Chorus
Don't know if it's sad or sweet
You're still the greatest love story
of my life

The Elopement

Written By: Gayathri

Verse 1
Break Down all of these barriers
Run run, all exits are now clear
Farewell to all those ugly fears
Run Run

Pre-chorus
Renounce this time,
this town
this land
where mirrors lie
Young love contraband
To a place where the sun and sea converge
Our love will gleam and reemerge

Chorus
Break down all these barriers
Break down all these barriers
Break down all these barriers
Break down all these barriers

Verse 2
Pitchforks with our names written them
Armies sent to have us surrounded
Villagers speak of our dishonor
To hell with them

Pre-chorus
Sticks and stones might break our bones
but a life apart means a fractured heart
criminals in love 'stead of saints in pain
the time we've lost we'll regain

Bridge
We've taken all this time to get here
And your face is the miracle that kept me going
And I can survive all the sacrifice
And I promise you that we'll live without these barriers
Forever more

Chorus
Break down all these barriers
Break down all these barriers
Break down all these barriers
Break down all these barriers

The Unknown

Written By: Gayathri

Head first into the unknown
Swim through the air
Stay here and die
Or bust out and live

Our hands are free
As our mouths are fell empty
with grace we fall
surrender completely

As we waltz
In mid-air, the wind
Takes our hands
And guides us there

Choral Melody

This is our leap
into the abyss
surrender our fears
set our hearts free

Let Go our beliefs
love is all that we'll keep
And embrace the unknown

Choral Melody

Now this is our chance
to stop doing this dance
All that is left to do
Is get out feet off the ground
And it's
Freedom

Choral Melody

Discography

The Unknown (CD & Vinyl) - March 2013 - First Full-length Album - Crowdfunded on indiegogo.com - raising over $23,000 in ten days.

Champion of Broken Hearts - Single Release + Music Video - 2011 - Radio Airplay in the Middle East. Music Video aired on VH1 & MTV India.

Disengage - 5 Track EP - 2009

Set List

1. Bed & Blanket
2. Champion of Broken Hearts
3. Our Little Thing
4. The Unknown
5. Greatest Love Story
6. Our Lullaby
7. The Elopement
8. Pieces of Me
9. Donne's Love Note
10. Chotti Baatein
11. Cocoon
12. 17 Moles