“I don’t like work–no man does–but I like what is in the work–the chance to find yourself. Your own reality–for yourself not for others–what no other man can ever know. They can only see the mere show, and never can tell what it really means.”
― Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
The Bodhisattwa Trio‘s second studio album, “Heart of Darkness”, is an instrumental Jazz Rock album. Named after the novel by Joseph Conrad and inspired by Francis Ford Coppola’s cult film “Apocalypse Now”, the album is an exploration of pain and suffering of the human soul, technically focusing on expressionism, post modernism and virtuosity. To complete this very personal reflection, the band has collaborated with critically acclaimed photographer Shan Bhattacharya, who has interpreted the sounds of the album into metaphorical images through his camera.
The whole album was recorded live and the Trio kept playing each tune take after take, till they were satisfied. Sometimes, some tunes took around 22 takes till they finalised them! Instead of recording in a studio, Bodhisattwa Ghosh and his band mates decided to record in a room which has a relatively high ceiling, to capture the reflection of the drum kit. “Lakkhichhara”, the cult band from Kolkata, was very cooperative to let them use their rehearsal space to record the album. Everything was acoustically captured through the microphones… They put 2 room mics along with an extremely inferior mic at the corner of the room, just as an experimentation. The last 2 tracks of the album, “Defeat” and “Blues for Polo”, were recorded live at the Sandre Hall of Calcutta School of Music, where they used a Yamaha Concert Grand Piano, played by Arunava Chatterjee. The band tried to keep the mix sound as warm and as analog as possible, as they “[we] wanted the whole band to breathe” (Bodhisattwa Ghosh).
“First of all, it is a very personal album for me… The essential feel of the album revolves around depression, loss, trauma and a sense of defeat. Which is why technically, there are very dark spaces throughout the album, and we have kept the playing very intense and intricate, directing the vibe very inward. Anybody who has suffered in life or has had setbacks, questioned his/her own existence will find one’s own space in this album. We have simulated LP sounds in the mix, to keep the vibe very lonely, as well as organic.” (Bodhisattwa Ghosh) Recorded live by Arijit Chakraborty at “Lakkhichhara”’s rehearsal pad, except Tracks 7 & 8 recorded live at Sandre Hall, Calcutta School of Music.
Release date – May 23, 2016, Max Mueller Bhavan, Kolkata.
Bodhisattwa Ghosh – Guitar, Compositions
Premjit Dutta – Drums
Bijit Bhattacharya – Bass
Arunava Chatterjee on Grand Piano on Tracks 7 & 8.
All tunes arranged by:
Premjit Dutta, Bijit Bhattacharya & Bodhisattwa Ghosh
Arijit Chakraborty at “Lakkhichhara”’s rehearsal pad and at Sandre Hall, The Calcutta School of Music.
Mixed and Mastered by:
Srirup Chatterjee at Waveshell Studioz, Kolkata.
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