Each week VultureHound picks out a new artist you should definitely be checking out. This week, Ben explains why Alright Gandhi deserves your ears and time.
Hailing from the mean streets of Berlin, Alright Gandhi create a unique musical style referencing indie, rock, folk and psychedelia amongst a cornucopia of worldly rock. One thing you’ll have a hard time labelling, however, is their line-up; working on an almost collective level with various musicians collaborating both live and in the studio makes performance and recording slightly different.
Alright Gandhi centre on incredible vocal range, this gently combines with incredible musicianship and intriguing song writing to create a collection of fascinating songs. With musicianship of such a high quality the ever changing line-up adds differing points of interest throughout recordings – rather than reducing quality or cohesion with the rest of the band or songs. This shows song writing which offers both musical freedom and adaptation on a musical level.
Lyrically Alright Gandhi are the outpourings of singer/bassist Rosa, she combines honesty with whimsy in a way that is instantly relatable. This creates an open emotional exchange that allows heavy subjects to be covered in an incredibly comfortable way. The lyrical perception combines feminine strength with an honest fragility allowing for vocals to combine similar themes, leaving heartstrings pulled through the ears and hope ultimately instilled.
Musically there has been an evolution between debut EP, Widening Circles, and recent full length, Little Traveller, with the stripped back nu-folk benefiting from added drums – evolving into a rich, full band sound, both live and on record.
The interest created by the evolving line up and ability to adapt is most obvious in watching Alright Ghandi play live. I was lucky enough to catch them on their recent UK mini tour and was blown away by the guitar-less three-piece that took the stage. With duel vocals slipping in and out of harmonies and backed by bass with either keys or drums they won the audience over after the first song.
There’s a balance that many bands struggle to achieve; many are unable to replicate their recorded sound in a live environment, while others can’t replicate that live feeling once they enter the studio. Alright Gandhi, however, manage to achieve this balance, creating a rare feeling of individuality and a sense of surprise within each performance.