Bangalore indie rock quartet Black Letters’ new EP “Petrichor” is due in mid-November. But we can already enjoy the opening track off the album, “Phila”, along with the blurs and half-lights of the accompanying video.
“We are glad to have worked with a crazy and talented bunch of people,” says the band’s singer and guitarist Sharath Narayan. For the shooting, they invited their friends: Kevin Varghese (director, camera), Anniina Vivian (actor), Williams Dominic (camera) and Kiran (editor). Even though they all are “kind of new to this whole music video thing”, they loved the idea.
“And Arun, our brother, did an amazing job by working on projection mapping, and location related things, adds Sharath. “We arrived at something we never thought would be as good as this, but I think the hard work these guys put in paid off really well.”
Black Letters’ 4-track new EP started to take shape earlier this year, and it appears to be a big turn for the band from their rock-sounding 2014 debut record, “Shapes On The Wall”. “We wanted to move on from that sound for some reason and by the time the previous album was out, we had fresh ideas coming in.”
With a long list of their current influences – including Washed Out, Baths, Mount Kimbie, Tycho, Atoms For Peace, Deerhunter, SOHN, Four Tet, Flying Lotus, Jon Hopkins, Braids, Moderat, Caribou, “and the likes” – it seems impossible to predict the final sound of their upcoming EP. But it only makes the waiting more exciting.