Jorhat band Arohan out with new single Xurjyo Puhor
Experimental/ambient band from Jorhat, Arohan, formerly Sixth Xtinction, is out with the first single from their upcoming, as yet untitled EP, and it is a remarkably earnest sonic excursion through soaring melodies and moody ambience all tied together by the heartfelt vocals of Shankuraj Konwar. Called Xurjyo Puhor, which is translated in English as ‘Sunlight’, the song, however, is far from summery, and rather brings to mind an image of the sun peeking through dark clouds with its haunting keyboard intro and the almost sentimental guitar riff. This is a band that knows how to handle tenderness without being sappy and for that alone they earn a few brownie points.
It is clear that the guitar solos by Ishan Phukon and Biman Gogoi were written with the intent of fitting perfectly into the flow of the song rather than simply being a barrage of notes that would be hard to play or learn. The bassist, Arnov Pachani too displays a similar restrained elegance and while the bass tends to get shadowed by the layers of synth at times, it does shine through during the quieter moments much like the aforementioned sun. Shantanu Gogoi, on drums, adds his own touch of vitality to the song. Overall, this is a song that rides on great songwriting more than anything else and credit goes to Abhinob Saikia who has indeed written one of the more memorable tunes of recent times and to Brajen Das for injecting the song with such poignant lyrics.