Vajra

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Look, I know a lot of us think of this when we think of “art rock”:

But, I mean, is that so wrong? Clash at Demonhead was the best band in Scott Pilgrim. Bar none.

Don't gimme that look Scott. You know it's true.

Don’t gimme that look Scott. You know it’s true.

Yeah. I said it.

Putting aside the fact that rock is “art” to begin with, let’s discuss the idea that Annamaria Pinna is the perfect person to explore this genre with. Temple suffers from “synesthisa,” that psychological condition where your sense of sight and sound become entangled. (This can cause, say, the sound of a car backfiring to “look” blue or the shape of an Peruvian pyramid to “sound” like Sports by Huey Lewis and The News.)

Pinna formed Vajra in India, (an area of special interest for me, music-wise) and some East Indian influences seem to definitely have bled into the music. The band includes an ex-member of The Mars Volta, and the new album was mixed by Sylvia Massy who has worked with Tool and System of a Down, and if that pedigree combined with the synesthesia thing doesn’t make you want to check their new single (which you can stream below) I don’t know what else to tell you. You’re hopeless.

Don’t gimme that look.

WillKosh

Writes primarily as a means of avoiding eye contact.