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Turqua’s Captivating Exploration Of Trip-Hop’s Wild Side With EP ‘Chidiyaghar’

One look at the album and “Chidiyaghar” is already reeling its effect on the lesser known trip hop lovers. Listening to Turqua’s “Chidiyaghar”, feels like the long lost feeling of going to the zoo as a child, but slowly realizing the agony of the animals trapped for enjoyment. 

An electronica trip-hop endeavour of Mumbai-based artist Aditya Jha, Turqua is known for his atmospheric driven musical context. His EP “Chidiyaghar,” released on January 31, 2024, highlights his artistic ingenuity and musical versatility. The record skillfully blends trip-hop, electronica, and guitar melodies,  creating a spellbinding and harmonious auditory experience. The cover art, crafted by the talented visual artist Manasa Jangala from India, is a captivating depiction of the four creatures, painting the perfect picture of the EP. Using a subdued color palette, Jangala’s artwork takes the form of a nostalgic sketch of a zoo, evoking memories of the 2000s. Each creature is intricately detailed, drawing the viewer into a world where imagination and reality blend seamlessly.

The EP opens with “Astronaut Beduk,” a track that sets the tone for the rest of the album. Inspired by the imagery of a frog leaping into a new world, the track features funky basslines, intricate drum patterns, and dreamy guitar melodies. It’s a track that evokes a sense of wonder and exploration, drawing the listener into Turqua’s world.

Next up is “Turquoise Turtle,” a track that continues the theme of exploration, this time taking the listener on an underwater journey with a young turtle. The guitar arpeggios and harmonics create a sense of tranquility, as if you’re floating weightlessly through the ocean. It’s a track that speaks to the beauty of nature and the importance of preserving it for future generations.

“Gavthi Saanp,” meaning “rural snake” in Marathi, is a lively track that celebrates life in all its forms. The boom bap drums and bright guitars give the track a playful feel, while a locally recorded flute sample adds a touch of authenticity. It’s a track that reminds us of the diversity of life on Earth and the need to protect it.

The EP closes with “Baangda,” a track dedicated to the popular fish found in Mumbai. The UK garage-esque drums and gnarly bassline give the track a gritty, urban feel, while a street sample adds a sense of realism. It’s a track that feels like a journey through the streets of Mumbai, with all its chaos and beauty.

One of the most striking aspects of “Chidiyaghar” is Turqua’s ability to blend different musical styles and influences seamlessly. From the funky basslines of “Astronaut Beduk” to the dreamy guitar melodies of “Turquoise Turtle,” each track is a testament to Turqua’s versatility as a musician. He effortlessly combines elements of trip-hop, electronica, and guitar music, creating a sound that is uniquely his own.

Another standout feature of “Chidiyaghar” is its production quality. The EP is expertly produced, with each track sounding crisp and clear. The instrumentation is rich and full-bodied, with each instrument standing out in its own right. It’s clear that a lot of care and attention to detail went into the production of this EP, and it pays off in spades.

Overall, Turqua’s “Chidiyaghar” is a masterful EP that showcases the artist’s talent and creativity. Each track is a work of art in its own right, painting vivid images and evoking powerful emotions. It’s an EP that reminds us of the beauty of the natural world and the importance of preserving it for future generations.

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