New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Karsh Kale has announced that he will release his next album UP on January 29th. The word prolific barely begins to describe Kale's storied career. The British-born, New York City-raised producer and multi-instrumentalist of Indian heritage has spent the last two decades zigzagging the world, headlining major festivals and spinning records at the White House for Barack Obama.
UP will mark Kale's fifth studio album for Six Degrees Records. Today Kale premieres the lead single and title track from Up via The Big Takeover. A mesmerizing track which, accordinging to Kale, draws equal influence from Led Zeppelin
and the Indian fusion group Shakti, "Up" is also one of the few times in his career Kale has sung in english.
Listen: Karsh Kale - "Up"
While UP predominantly features Indian musicians, its reach is universal in scope. Kale cut his teeth as a drummer and tabla player, but quickly emerged as a producer and songwriter in his own right. In 2011 he opened at the Hollywood Bowl for Bollywood's biggest composer, AR Rahman. That same year he joined Alicia Keys, the Black
Keys, Norah Jones, and Gary Clark, Jr. at a tribute concert for George
Harrison in New York City. Kale's remix of John Lennon
& Yoko Ono's 'Give Peace a Chance' climbed into Billboard's Top 10 Dance charts. Collaborations with Imogen Heap
and Anoushka Shankar have made him a go-to producer and player.
While the title of his new album implies ascension, the heart of this tale is transformation. Since the release of 2011's Cinema, Kale has traveled between Brooklyn and India
some fifty times. "When you're always traveling you're never really ready to go," he says, back in his Sunset Park home. "I'd be a father in Brooklyn one moment then fly to India
and go straight to a TV show or a festival."
The emotional struggle between being a father and an artistic juggernaut can be heard on two songs, 'Up' and 'Shiva.' Kale mentions that the lyrics for the title track were written during a pendulum swing where he was feeling out of control, but that he was ultimately able to find comfort within the creative process- mixing the retro feel of the rock guitars with his signature tablas. Guitarist Warren Mendonsa, nephew of famed Bollywood composer Loy Mendonsa, creates an exceptional ambience on many of UP's songs including "Shiva" where his epic guitar lies behind vocalist Benny Dayal's version of a traditional Carnatik melody honoring India's lord of destruction.
UP is currently available for digital pre-order via iTunes and Amazon.