Sarathy Korwar
Day to Day


4.0
excellent

Review

by Tristan Jones STAFF
July 14th, 2016 | 61 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Globetrotting jazz fusion

Allegedly, much of Day to Day employs field recordings of the Sidi Troupe of Ratanpur’s, ahem, day-to-day musical surrender. US-born, India-raised producer and percussionist Sarathy Korwar employs a love for jazz and Indian folk music, creating an album with esoteric charm, but multidimensional, modern productional tactics. He reworks the Troupe’s traditional, repetitive meditations with polyrhythmic flair, occasionally dipping into psychedelic jams while he switches between drum set and tabla. It’s still too stable to earn a “free jazz” designation, but Korwar’s music is highly expressive and unpredictable, while still maintaining an aura of utter inner peace. Even in “Karam”, one of the most uneventful tracks present, the expressive performance holds dominion over the notes played, while the vocals seem to shout into the wind, with similar motives as someone touching the sky while atop a mountain: because they can.

Associating various levels of energy with expressive tones is Day to Day’s bread and butter. In “Bhajan”, the percussion seems restrained, eager to blow past the song’s natural cadence, but often subdued by the harmonics and honey-sweet guitar; the song is stuck in a state of hovering an inch above its chair. Elsewhere, “Indefinite Leave to Remain” is more disciplined, as the song could be divided into two acts by the beautiful, gradual crescendos, which never never relinquish their tonal calmness despite growing more chaotic by the second. “Bismillah” is another example of mixing deliberation with full release, as the song settles into a remarkable, slowly-evolving jam, featuring Indian mantra, untethered saxophone, keyboard, and an insatiable groove. Korwar’s drumming is often a highlight, especially on “Hail”; his energy is engagingly arched throughout the track without overpowering the singer’s utterly passionate wail. It’s hard to believe much of Day to Day’s source material being delivered on impulse.

Conceptually, Day to Day is pretty modest. Like the adorning cover art , it feels like a collection, with various textures and patterns, all sewn together pragmatically and, somehow, fittingly. In its best moments, Day to Day basks in routine humdrum, making it a bit more magical. Korwar compares his album to Sidi handmade quilts, “The Sidi women make these amazing collages of colour using everyday rags […] that’s how I see this album.” It feels wrong to dress it up in anything else.




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JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
July 13th 2016


6667 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

https://sarathykorwar.bandcamp.com/album/day-to-day

https://ninjatune.net/release/sarathy-korwar/day-to-day

there isn't a ton of info re: the Sidi Troupe, but the promotional blurb mentions them briefly. didn't really wanna make the review too heavy on history (especially of a culture I'm not qualified to discuss). might add to the review if I can think of a way to incorporate them a bit more.. idk

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
July 13th 2016


15971 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

don't remember the last time I saw a 4 review from you. the summary got me so I'm listening now.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
July 13th 2016


6667 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's been a little while (February, I think)



and I might be jumping the gun but w/e, sometimes it feels nice to slap a 4 on sumn

iloveyouall
July 13th 2016


6319 Comments


ewww jazz fusion.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
July 13th 2016


6667 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeahhh i know i know. it's cliche to say "b-but it's better than most ___ !!" but this engaged me much much more than most jazz fusion. and it's not jazz fusion in a sense that it's mixed with rock conventions. it's basically jazz + indian folk music and a bit of electronic mucking around too. idk man, give a couple tracks a chance

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
July 13th 2016


15971 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah its good. but this is sach so who knows

hal1ax
July 14th 2016


11132 Comments


jazz fusion can be good fasho. will checkl

RadicalEd
July 14th 2016


9297 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good read as usual. Sounds cool, I'm currently checking.

Digging: Ryo Fukui - Mellow Dream

iloveyouall
July 14th 2016


6319 Comments


whatever, I'll jam, but I'm going in with low low low low low low low low low expectations.

RadicalEd
July 14th 2016


9297 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This was strangely unengaging and pretty boring for me tbh.

iloveyouall
July 14th 2016


6319 Comments


my interest is now piqued

RadicalEd
July 14th 2016


9297 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

badum tss.

iloveyouall
July 14th 2016


6319 Comments


wow, this BANGS!

RadicalEd
July 14th 2016


9297 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lol.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2016


6667 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this was a sit down + headphones thing for me. I didn't enjoy as much when I had it playing through speakers and was occupied. though I guess I'm always like that

but I'm going in with low low low low low low low low low expectations.


f u, ya d

iloveyouall
July 14th 2016


6319 Comments


I mean, I respect your ~glowing~ endorsements, but jazz fusion is ass.
it's no slight against you, more against the genre. especially seeing as jazz fusion is shit.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2016


6667 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

most jazz fusion is indeed ass but fwiw i've attempted probably a dozen or so JF albums this year and this is the first one i've enjoyed thoroughly let alone even finished beyond 10 minutes. i guess give "Indefinite Leave To Remain" a go and if you're like nah then avoid the rest. if you inherently hate the genre then ... ⊙︿⊙

iloveyouall
July 14th 2016


6319 Comments


imma pop a flat, drink some gin and give 'er a go, okie dokie.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2016


6667 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's good to be prepared. scouts motto, after all

iloveyouall
July 14th 2016


6319 Comments


scout motto:
knots, thots, and drinkin' lots



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