Kathmandu based artist Rajan Shrestha, aka Phatcowlee, strikes a perfect balance between modern electronic aesthetics and nostalgic film sounds to deliver a sublime debut EP named “Cinema”.
From being the bassist of the post-rock band Jindabaad, to being one half of the collaborative project Anaasir, Rajan’s latest avatar is his solo project Phatcowlee and has dropped this EP via India’s infectious Consolidate records.
The entire EP is peppered with samples from classic Nepali films. Channeling his fondness for film music, Rajan diligently moulds these sounds and harnesses his furnished songwriting skills to indulge you in a rather exquisite experience.
There’s something charming about these samples with the audio sizzle of the recordings, as they beautifully shape shift into eclectic lo-fi sounds and make you feel nostalgic about a time and place you weren’t part of.
A personal favorite would be the track “Mayalu” for its remarkably precise use of minute sounds from it’s opening sample. The closer, “Kusume Rumal” is a jewel of a track which devours you in its sweetly woeful mood.
Other than a slightly bland opening, I’m absolutely all praises for this mighty impressive debut effort. All I can say is that I can’t wait for the sequence of this cinematic saga!