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Sounds of RIVER: DU trio going places

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‘RIVER’, a trio consisting of Tarana Marwah, Abhilasha Sinha and Kamakshi Khanna, is a musical act which was conceptualised by its members around six months ago and is now going places. A harmony and layer oriented act that reflects their choir roots, RIVER’s sounds range from the raw and acoustic , resembling that of The Staves, to the slightly darker, edgier electro sounds of London Grammar, both of whom they cite as major influences on their musicality. Other artists that they draw inspiration from include Lianne La Havas, Zero 7 and A.R Rahman.

Although, still in its initial phase, RIVER has no shortage of experience with music or the music industry.While Tarana is the President of the Music Society of Sri Venkateswara College, Abhilasha, the succesor of Kamakshi, is the President of the Music Society of Lady Shri Ram College,. All three of them also work on individual projects.

In the past few months, RIVER has performed at various platforms like The Windsong Music Festival, Noida and Sounds of Freedom, Amity University and has shared the stage with artists like Raghu Dixit, Farhan Akhtar, Shaan, Salim-Suleiman, Leslie Lewis and many others. When asked about their most special experience, they said, “Playing a raw, stripped down set of our original music to the crowd at Amity University and watching them enjoy our music was a very special experience.”

The inspiration for their name comes from a song by The Staves called ‘Motherlode’ which talks about a river. They said, “We realised that as three voices that blend well together, it would be the perfect name for our project.” The band already has a number of things lined up this year, with two songs already in their kitty. They will be starting work on developing their own repertoire of original music and hope to record their first EP this summer.

With their soulful and uplifting music and their plans all sketched out, RIVER is one act the music circuit should look out for as these ladies seem confident about taking their act to a higher level and introducing their style of layered music to even greater crowds.

Check out their covers and music at on Soundcloud here and keep up with their Facebook page.

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Shubham Kaushik
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