- Label: Self-released
- Released: 18 November 2022
Kapil Seshasayee is a protest musician from Scotland whose work fuses R&B, Indian classical and jazz fusion with contemporary electronic genres like hyperpop. Singles released from his new LP “Laal” have featured at Rolling Stone India, BBC Radio4, Bandcamp, The Quietus, The Hindu, BBC Radio6 Music, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Asian Network.
Kapil has showcased songs from "Laal" across SXSW, South Asian festival Dialled in, Latitude Festival and venues such as the Concorde 2 in Brighton & The Roundhouse alongside artists such as Tinariwen, Talvin Singh and Sarathy Korwar. Highly sought after for session work due to his idiosyncratic guitar playing - Kapil has amassed a number of high profile collaborations and commissions including a rework of a Ravi Shankar composition to commemorate his 100th birthday for BBC Asian Network, a collaborative single with rap legend LIL B and an interpretation of songs by Scottish legend Ivor Cutler for a performance in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall alongside members of Mogwai and Belle & Sebastian.
Following his acclaimed debut album ‘A Sacred Bore’ – featured in Pitchfork, VICE, NPR, BBC Introducing, The Guardian, The Quietus, and Rolling Stone India – Scottish-Indian artist Kapil Seshasayee shifts away from the industrial-indie sound of the first full-length and towards an R&B-meets-Indian-Classical crossover on second album ‘Laal’.
“Every song from the album is going to tell a story about Bollywood,” says Kapil, ‘“Bollywood informs so much of South Asian cultural identity but some of this influence requires greater scrutiny”.
"Laal" is a concept album about the influence of Bollywood and Indian cinema - platforming conversations around censorship, nationalism and caste which aren’t discussed often in mainstream media circles. Kapil also hopes to celebrate unsung heroes of the Indian film industry with singles from the album such as the director of queer film “The Pink Mirror” - Sridhar Rangayan.