- Band / Artist Dualist Inquiry
- Genre Rock/Electronica
- Label Unsigned
- Year 2013
- Format Album
The colourful artwork to Dualist Inquiry’s debut album Doppelganger is very interesting. You can make out vivid party lights and crackers bathed in a very dreamy, psychedelic background. Sets the mood for the album, which has all of this and more.
Atmospheric guitar sounds with electronica raises eyebrows at first, but ten minutes into the album and you realize Sahej Bakshi has taken electronica and rock and mixed it up pretty well. Doppelganger comes off his own recording album, Dualism, named after his debut EP that came out two years ago. Ever since that happened in 2011, Bakshi has created quite a niche for himself in the EDM circuit. His brand of electronica music comes with a tinge of progressive rock, and his fans have grown to liking that sound.
The album is a mix of a lot of genres really, and the good thing is it is very possible to want to listen to most of the tracks over again. The drop beats, the booming bass, the synth effects and the drum pads sound a little less monotonous and more interesting with the atmospheric guitar patches layered in the background. Sahej is self-taught and plays a wide range of instruments with the guitar being the primary choice. The rock influence is seen in Origin which reminds you of Green Day and clearly has a touch of Dualism in it, while Blitzkrieg and Specter go along the hip-hop line. However, dance music lovers can be happy with clubbing tracks like Exile that was inspired off a film score, and Isoterra that has little bits and pieces of female vocals programmed in the back.
Picking up a single theme on a guitar and laying a whole track on it, with electronic effects to add to the mood swings has the danger of sounding too monotonous. Soleil ends the album with such a definite finality that you can almost picture end credits in your mind. It’s a good start, but you find yourself wishing the track had something more to offer.
In a way, Doppelganger isn’t your all-out electronic dance music album. There are these tracks that sound great on a laid-back Sunday afternoon as well as chill-out singles that go easy on the bass levels and have sweeter melodies.
A mixture of good effects and a guitar sound that would have made The Edge proud, Doppelganger makes for more than just a decent debut for Bakshi. Electronic music for easy listening, this is!
Vishal Shah is a 20-year old from Mumbai, finishing his engineering at present. He likes to read a lot of non-fiction, music and sports magazines. An absolute digger of classic crime movies, he spends his time reading up on movies and music on the internet. Apart from this, he loves to travel, play the guitar and even sing occasionally. His interests in music cover a lot of the classic rock ‘n’ roll of the 60s, the hard rock of the 80s, thrash/power metal, grunge, alternative rock and he is currently deeply fond of the Post-Rock/Experimental music genre. Also, Amit Trivedi, Vishal Bharadwaj, Indian Ocean, and old Mohd. Rafi classics are some of his Indian favourites.
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