NEW SINGLE: SHANTI
Release date: 28 October
Label: Scion Records/SRASS20
After his critically acclaimed debut album, ‘Karmic Blues’ which topped the Amazon Blues Chart in 2019, Ajay returns with a new single – SHANTI - from his forthcoming second album, due next year.
Effortlessly creating a world of sound that resonates with echoes of Delta Blues and Indian folk, ‘Shanti’ transcends musical borders with spiritual and meditative lyrics and a sound that bridges the Mississippi with the Ganges.
‘Shanti’ is the Sanskrit word for ‘Peace’ and the lyrics are an ancient chant taken from the The Pavamana Mantra which is part of the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, composed in the earlier part of 1st millennium BCE, around 700 BCE.
“Speaking to friends during the lockdown, it was apparent that we were all on a downward spiral of anxiety and stress. I’ve previously used aspects of chanting in my live sets and it always had an uplifting effect, so that inspired me to include something on the album. The lyrics of the Pavamana Mantra resonated with me a lot and the desire for peace and redemption are common themes within a Blues context. So, musically and lyrically the whole thing really worked well together.”
Ajay hopes that listeners of Shanti will be able to find those quiet moments of reflection and harmony in a world that never stops.
“It’s a call for peace – on a personal level. Without inner peace, we can’t really expect it anywhere else.”
The single is supported by a video which was made as a digital collaboration with director Omar Baroud. Working within the current lockdown restrictions, Ajay shot his own parts near his home in North London, whilst Omar, based in Amsterdam, carefully pieced it together along with his own footage to present a simple story of the search for inner peace.
Shanti is the new single from Ajay Srivastav’s second album – Powerless, releasing in Spring 2021
— BBC Three Counties Radio
“As well as the beauty of the music, there is much topical punch about social issues to some of the lyrics and much spirituality. Astonishing and unique music.””
— SLAP Magazine
“An intrepid journey to the spaces between folk, blues, psychedelica, and traditional Indian music that hits all the right notes.”
— Adobe & Teardrops