A cross-border collaboration carries the Asian underground movement forward
Anhad Khanna (left) and Tanner Willeford
We'll have to travel back to the mid-1990s to understand how the Asian underground movement in music came about. That's when acts like Karsh Kale in the US, and Talvin Singh and Nitin Sawhney in the UK started sampling ragas and Indian folk songs, colouring western sonic structures with a shade of brown. And now, 25 years later, an Indo-US duo called Anhad + Tanner has grabbed the relay baton to take the movement forward.
They have launched their debut EP, In Other Words, and Anhad Khanna, the Indian half of the act (Tanner Willeford forms the American part), admits that it's been a lengthy process. The two first met in 2016, when Willeford came to India on a music grant. And the bond they developed gradually blossomed into this seven-track offering that's been slow-cooked over three years.
It's a worthy effort at picking up the mantle of the Asian underground sound, and Khanna tells us, “We are trying to say something that's already been said, but in our own words.”
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