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Taken from Rolling Stone India (Mar 13, 2020)

Exclusive Premiere: Watch Komorebi's Virtual Animation for 'Rebirth'

The new song includes electronica synths juxtaposed with Indian instrumentation and harmonies

by David Britto


Komorebi. Photo: Yeashu Yuvraj
New Delhi electronica producer-singer Komorebi. Photo: Yeashu Yuvraj


Since the release of her eight-track debut album Soliloquyin 2017, New Delhi producer-singer Tarana Marwah aka Komorebi has kept herself quite busy. The artist has collaborated with the likes of seasoned producers such as Karsh Kale and Midival Punditz, crowdfunded her stop-motion music video for the slinky ballad "Little One" and last year toured the U.S. at Austin's South By South West (SXSW) and Idaho's Treefort Festival. Marwah also scored music for Amazon Prime Video's drama series Made in Heaven and is now back with her latest offering, the experimental and spacey "Rebirth."


Komorebi tells us that the new song pays homage to all the electronica music that came out in the Nineties and which she says "continually inspires me." While the track features Marwah's smooth vocals and electronica undertone, the producer also includes Indian instrumentation (a sitar sounding hook) and layered harmonies which adds flavor and larger-than-life pop dynamism to the song. She says, "I wanted to bring in Indian elements to honor where I'm from and not write in a vacuum." Marwah co-produced the song with one half of Midival Punditz's Gaurav Raina whom she calls a "genius." She adds, "He really helped with the groove on this one."


Lyrically "Rebirth" is an "almost-clap-back" song with an important message according to the artist. Marwah explains further, "I've felt very powerless against external factors in my life before, and craved reassurance and support which I never got at the time. So, it's from me now to me then." She adds, "I wanted to share that strength with other young girls who tend to feel lost or isolated in their adolescence, but are too afraid to articulate it."


The song's accompanying video - designed and animated by Improper Design's Mehr Chatterjee and Aditya Dutta - features a glossy blue and pink persona mouthing the words to the song against city backdrops, mountains, space and more. "The video is inspired by mixed-media content from worlds like Cartoon Network and bands like [British virtual outfit] Gorillaz," says Marwah. She adds, "We wanted to construct a female warrior type character who reacts to the different environments around her, sometimes seemingly trapped in an alien world. Singing and fighting back in style."


Next, Marwah plans to work on more music leaning towards the sonic elements heard on "Rebirth" and also has a new album coming out soon followed by a nationwide tour. She says, "It's a big release - stay tuned."


Watch the video for "Rebirth" below:






 
 

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