- Release Date 2012-10-22
- Label Wind Horse Records
- Catalog WHR015
Vinayak^A, whose given name is Vinayak Karthikayan, was born in the ancient town of Patli Putra, the land of the Buddha. He was surrounded by the sounds of Indian classical music at a young age, learning to play the tabla, guitar, and harmonium. This musical adventure led Vinayak^A to Bangalore and Mumbai where he took up DJ'ing and learned electronic music production. His ear for melody and sonic manipulation soon earned the attention of England's Baroque label which released Vinayak^A's "What's Stopping You" in 2008 to much acclaim. As Vinayak^A's sound developed he released further singles for Baroque and others, eventually and naturally forming a relationship with India's leading house music label Wind Horse Records. His remixes of Vipul Angirish's "Indian In San Juan" and "Persian Love" for Wind Horse were recent catalogue highlights, leading to label manager Hamza offering to release Vinayak^A's debut album. Lonesome Train is the result, and it's an impressive accomplishment for Vinayak^A, lifting his deep, progressive style to new heights.
Lonesome Train is inspired by Vinayak^A's journeys around India by train as a child, passing the time dreaming of music and meeting new people and cultures at each arrival. The album certainly reflects this with each track a destination of sorts, drawing upon diverse elements and touching on genres from progressive house to ambient electronica, from grooving deep house to cinematic downtempo. Throughout there are pronounced hints of Vinayak^A's musical heritage, an Indian flavour giving a unique edge to the songs within. Just as impressive is Vinayak's ear for sound design as layers of atmospheric flourishes, snatched spoken samples, and environmental snapshots float in and out of Lonesome Train's ten tracks. Signature moments like "Be Water My Friend," "Hyd To Bring A Tear Drop," and "Pleading To Be Forgiven" show a thoughtfulness and complexity that is missing in much dance music while still laying down potent dance floor grooves.
It's no wonder that Lonesome Train has already gained fans among early listeners, including electronic music luminaries like Jody Wisternoff, Hernan Cattaneo, and Robert Babicz. Now is the perfect time to visit Vinayak^A's sonic world, a destination one can reach by this departing Lonesome Train.