Jain, Arushi / Under the Lilac Sky
Album: Under the Lilac Sky   Collection:General
Artist:Jain, Arushi   Added:Oct 2022
Label:Leaving Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2023-02-08 Pull Date: 2023-04-12 Charts: Classical/Experimental
Week Ending: Apr 9 Mar 26 Mar 19 Mar 12 Feb 26 Feb 19 Feb 12
Airplays: 2 2 3 2 1 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. May 11, 2023: Run-Away Radio
My People Have Deep Roots, Richer Than Blood
4. Apr 15, 2023: Music Casserole
Look How Far We Have Come, Richer Than Blood
2. Apr 25, 2023: Up the Beanstalk
My People Have Deep Roots
5. Apr 06, 2023: Run-Away Radio
Richer Than Blood
3. Apr 20, 2023: Run-Away Radio
Richer Than Blood
6. Apr 04, 2023: Exploring the ul-A file
Look How Far We Have Come

Album Review
DJ Away
Reviewed 2023-01-22
STANFORD ALUM! Based in New York and New Delhi, Arushi Jain is a composer whose work brings together Hindustani classical music and modular synthesis. The record label describes this album as a collection of "ambient synth ragas intended to be heard during the sunset hours." Jain weaves her voice beautifully, sometimes very subtly, throughout these massive-sounding pieces. Where a lot of modular synth records sound academic or blankly new-agey, Jain develops these pieces with care and takes them to rapturously beautiful places. RIYL Suzanne Ciani, Ana Roxanne, Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, Mabe Fratti, Ian William Craig, Kara-Lis Coverdale, Dania. All tracks are great, but 1, 2, 4 are excellent places to start. No FCCs detected.

1. *(3:35)—Immense. Prominent multitracked voice. Certain drone textures sound distorted almost like metal or shoegaze.
2. *(9:08)—Lots of echoing voice, deep synth bass. A fluttering lead melody splits into several skyward strands. Ends with a feeling of heroic serenity.
3. (9:54)—Roaring drone to begin, sparkling high tones. Gradual denouement.
4. *(4:00)—Volcanically deep drone, with vocals beginning right away. Rolling, soaring.
5. (9:42)—Laser pulses at start and end, a more overt rhythm. Lots of high tones, crystalline and organ-like melodies. Hyperactive middle with occasional cicada blasts.
6. (12:43)—Quick fade-in, bleeping sounds. High, pinging, swirling melodies set a fast rhythm for the middle third. In the final third, glitchy vocals pair with jetlike synth lines thundering past.

Track Listing
1. Richer Than Blood   4. My People Have Deep Roots
2. Look How Far We Have Come   5. Cultivating Self Love
3. The Sun Swirls With You   6. Under The Lilac Sky