From Southern England originally, at a young age her family returned to the sprawling urban city of Bangalore, India where ISHANI spent her childhood.
After obtaining a degree in TV, Film and Radio in Singapore she moved to London to study Audio Engineering at Alchemea & Point Blank. Her first commercial track ‘Pelican Elephant’ was picked up by MTV India and she got showcased as a BBC introducing artist.
‘Dark Angel’ is likely her most difficult to write of all her songs so far:
“I have lost close friends to suicide,” she explains, “and recent events have forced me to revisit this song, – we are living through a time of increased awareness of mental health, but we still see so many people ending their lives.”
Despite the resigned darkness of the theme, and despite challenging lyrics, there is a sense that she has made an artistic transition, with co-producer Zaflon of South London, towards a new and nascent sound.
We had a listen:
A riff that exhales painfully takes the listener into a disconcerting and turbulent vision. The song is not completely without rhythm — in fact it has an urgent down-tempo pulse — but as you might expect, it is as louring and crystalline as a black spinel gemstone.
File next to Morcheeba or Kate Bush