Pepa Knight: Rahh!
I am instantly drawn to any form of art, music, or creativity that relates to travel. My incurable wanderlust means that I will never stop longing to be in another place, and will forever be adding to the huge list of places in this world (or Universe - lets not rule out going to Mars) that I want to visit. My latest addition? India.
We went on a hike yesterday, and someone had been there previously spattering chalk-paint or powdered paint all over the ground and plants. We got home and saw that our new friends Free People had posted this video set in India featuring the same colour-rich powdered magic. I then stumbled across this song... Something is telling me I should probably start planning a trip to India. (especially if Thomas Bull is going to be there, am I right?)
Mr Pepa Knight, the co-frontman, sitar-playing member (also on keyboard and vocals) of Sydney dream-poppers Jinja Safari has just released his debut single "Rahh!". Over the last few years, on his travels to India, Pepa wrote and recorded an album with the help of local musicians he met along the way. Unfortunately, he um... accidentally deleted it all, so this past summer he set up a teepee in his back yard as a home studio and set about re-creating the whole thing.
I've swiped this straight from Rolling Stone India, but the song was written on top of an old fort in Rajasthan, “waiting for the sun to rise with a bunch of pilgrims and a Sadhu man. The sample at the end of the track is the Sadhu chanting and the drumbeat was inspired by a tabla player I met from the same town.” says Knight.
It's everything you would want and expect from a member of Jinja Safari - upbeat, summery, happy pop, with a merry beat, floating vocals, and of course - that sitar.
[Need some reading material while you daydream about India? I recommend William Dalrymple's "Nine Lives". Consider this your homework assignment.]
[EDIT] You can now watch the adorable video for this! Filmed in a backyard in a teepee in my neck of the woods (the Australian NSW coastline) it is sure to make you one happy camper.