Indian Ocean
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Indian Ocean

New Delhi, NCT, India | INDIE

New Delhi, NCT, India | INDIE
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"Indian Ocean"

"The uniqueness of Indian Ocean lies in their ability to recognize and appreciate music regardless of boundaries. The roots of their music originate from influences as diverse as traditional Indian ragas, rock, reggae and folk, jazz and pop. What they create is . . . 'music for the soul'." - Visiting Arts in Edinburgh, No. 46, Summer 2001


"Indian Ocean: Deep, Vast and Free-flowing"

What’s interesting about their music is its purity, as well as their level of instrumental independence and magnitude and larger-than-life stage performance. - All About Jazz


"Some sparkling fusion"

Indian Ocean, a four-piece outfit from Delhi, play a beguiling amalgam of Eastern and Western music that escapes the clutches of blandness that often grips such "fusion" bands - where musicians inadvertently squeeze the life out of disparate musical cultures by trying to force them together.

In this case, the mixed marriage is as charming as it is successful, taking the modalities and flattened notes of Indian music and pinning them to a driving, rock-like beat. While several of the instruments (drumkit, electric bass) are anything but traditional, the way they build the ensemble to a point approaching rhythmic ecstasy mirrors the impassioned crescendos reached in traditional Indian classical music.

- The Age


"Indian Ocean"

One of the most innovative and exciting bands in the country. - The Delhi Times


"Kala Ghoda Festival - Mumbai"

And the music - an electrifying flawless concert. It is virtually impossible to imagine how a four-man-band can create such eclectic music. One needs to see it to believe it. - The Kala Ghoda Gazzette


"One of India's hottest bands starts tour"

Drawing on roots as diverse as ragas and rock, reggae and folk, jazz and pop, their music continues to escape categorisation, and incorporates traditional Indian hymns, chants and poetry into totally contemporary arrangements.

Highly rhythmic yet engagingly melodic, Indian Ocean have built up a large and loyal following in India. Their work is often symphonic, building up layers of melody and percussion in a painterly way that belies the fact they are only a quartet.
- Asians In Media


"Delhi Delight"

Take basic Indian rhythms, throw in some reggae and jazz, mix in some folk and pop, season with some ragas and rock and the result is better than you might imagine. Well, Indian Ocean’s loyal following think so, anyway.

The quartet from Delhi have refused to have their unique sound branded, defined or categorised. Not an easy thing to do, anyway, since many listeners and music critics agree that there has never been anything quite like Indian Ocean before. With traditional Indian hymns, chants and poetry incorporated into contemporary arrangements, their music is strikingly original and fresh.
- New Zealand Listener


"Indian Ocean - Kandisa"

Music that actively engages the head and emotions is a rare beast but Indian Ocean are just such a treat. They use acoustic instruments and bass complimented with distinctive vocals. Haunting melancholy hooks and cyclical rhythms weave in and out of driving, evolving grooves, as bits of the past are remodelled and evocative touches are added. The result is intense, but absorbing. - The Tribune


"Delhi Delight"

Take basic Indian rhythms, throw in some reggae and jazz, mix in some folk and pop, season with some ragas and rock and the result is better than you might imagine. Well, Indian Ocean’s loyal following think so, anyway.

The quartet from Delhi have refused to have their unique sound branded, defined or categorised. Not an easy thing to do, anyway, since many listeners and music critics agree that there has never been anything quite like Indian Ocean before. With traditional Indian hymns, chants and poetry incorporated into contemporary arrangements, their music is strikingly original and fresh.
- New Zealand Listener


Discography

Indian Ocean has released 5 albums: Indian Ocean (1993), Desert Rain (1997), Kandisa (2000), Jhini (2003), and the Original Soundtrack for the feature film Black Friday (2005). A new album will be released this year

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Indian Ocean are the biggest underground success in India. A cult band in its own right, the group has amalgamated Indian folk music with Western rock. Their breakthrough album, Kandisa, released in 2000, catapulted Indian Ocean to national stardom and became one of the biggest-selling albums ever by an Indian band.
Over the last fifteen years, Indian Ocean has attracted a huge following playing over 600 shows in over 20 countries. Indian Ocean is known for its superb performances of original music that ranges from rocking political anthems to meditate spiritual ballads.
"It's easy to notice what clicked with Indian Ocean—a focus on East Indian folk music that quickly gained attention from youthful listeners, an almost unplugged sound that complements their cultural attributes, and a rigid compact lineup with each member bringing in his unique technical preeminence, all rolled into a perfect body of work," wrote the All Music Guide."