A closely guarded secret: despite my proselytising about the need for a wide, comprehensive web presence during my day job, I quietly love the challenge of digging into enigmatic artists with a dearth of information on their musical creations.
It is from this peculiar persuasion that stems the desire to tell you about Kaber Vasuki, a self-described 'Frank Turner-type Tamil songwriter', recently dropped a link to his music into my Twitter stream. Spurred on by sheer curiosity, I took a listen and was as equally compelled as I was bewildered.
Specifically focusing on the minimalist allure of Kannavu for this Tuesday's tune, its subtle growth on the back of delicate chants and pleasing vocal harmonies is short but all rather sweet at just a notch over two minutes. The Tamil lyrics add an exotic layer to the song, making the aforementioned harmonies all the more mystic.
MP3: Kaber Vasuki - Kannavu
Taken from a selection of tunes available for nowt, here.
Just spread the word with a tweet if you dig.
As with many of the other creations you'll find on the artist's blog site, part of the beauty lies in the minimal, stripped down nature of the songs, leaving melody and atmosphere to carry the day.
As there is little else to glean from the various sites other than that this is a relatively recent outing with more music on the way, the most sensible course of action is to sit back, take in the tunes, and allow one's own meaning to flow from the music. At the end of the day, it's nice to simply take an artist on that impression, rather than be bombarded with all the hype and pitched angles before a note has been played.
Give it a try, won't you?