The Bodhisattwa Trio comprises of Bodhisattwa Ghosh on guitars, Bijit Bhattacharya on bass and Premjit Dutta on drums. Heart of darkness is their second album release after Intersections (2014). The album has been released by Amuze Records on two mediums – 1) The Digital Release available here , and 2) A physical copy of the album in a booklet of photographs by Shan Bhattacharya that, according to the band, epitomizes each track(Check it out here). The album has 8 instrumental tracks which can be classified as a fusion of jazz and progressive elements.
The album release was held on Monday the 23rd of June at Goethe Institut Max Muller Bhavan. Despite the city being semi flooded due to a sudden downpour in the afternoon, the crowd turnout was admirable. Admittedly, a significant portion of the audience seemed to be students or followers of the band. The band started their set with a powerful rendition of the second track from the album called Transcendence. The track had been released pre-eminently as part of the Friday Night Originals initiative to positive reviews.
The rest of the concert was a stellar demonstration of techniques and skills that perfectly established some of the unconventional sounds of the album. The band featured guest guitar player Amyt Datta and Arunava Chatterjee on two songs from the set list. A few standout performances were for the songs The Fugitive and Cronos the Revisit which is a newer rendition of the song, Cronos which featured on the Intersections album.
>> Moments from the evening <<
As the show went on, it was apparent that the band’s mixing mastering engineer, Srirup Chatterjee of Waveshell Studioz has had a significant role to play in the making of this album, more as a band member than an engineer. Noise was used in a truly musical sense which included a daring move by Bodhisattwa who unplugged his guitar and used the jack against his pickups to emulate distorted ambient sounds. Heart of Darkness also mentions that all glitches and noises have been included to emulate the sound of an old LP record. The tonality of the album was truly understood to be coming from a rather somber and dark place.
On a personal note, my favourite tracks from the album are Transcendence and Cronos the Revisit. The latter, as Bodhisattwa Ghosh states, was inspired by the work of Guillermo Del Toro. The release of the album in the form of a photography booklet was a nice touch and on a more practical note, the physical copy of the album also has a download code to download the digital album. Overall the album seems to have set new boundaries for the band that leaves me excited for what’s to come in the third album.