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Himalayan Suite and Other Tales

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Latest album by Indus Rush focusing on a fantastic trip through the Himalayan region in sounds and imagination. Six house tracks interspersed with 6 songs including 2 previous singles.

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  1. 1 Himalayan Suite - Pts 1 & 2 05:50 Info Free
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  2. 2 Waterfall Dance (Latest Single) 03:15 Info
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  3. 3 Himalayan Suite - Red Sky (Album edit) 02:13 Info
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  4. 4 Lost Quarter (Album edit) 07:12 Info
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  5. 5 Himalayan Suite - Mountainscape 04:21 Info
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  6. 6 Claire 02:08 Info
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  7. 7 Himalayan Suite - Appointment In Samara (Album edit) 05:16 Info
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  8. 8 Pink Garlic 04:35 Info
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  9. 9 Himalayan Suite - Annapurna 04:21 Info
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  10. 10 Encinitas Break (Album edit) 04:08 Info
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  11. 11 Romany Days (Album edit) 04:57 Info
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  12. 12 Himalayan Suite - The Silk Road 04:06 Info
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Press Release: Indus Rush / Himalayan Suite & Other Tales

 

Stephen Whitby releases his second Indus Rush album on Nub Music; Himalayan Suite & Other Tales, a work of mixed genres, is made up of a concept piece capturing the atmosphere and marvel of the mighty Himalayas, interspersed with a collection of more commercial pop songs. Steve was forced into writing instrumental music over the last year through illness. He was diagnosed with throat cancer, in the voice box area of the larynx, in October 2016, and as a result, spent the rest of that year in and out of Hospital undergoing Chemotherapy and Radiography treatment. (Link to Cancer Blog: "A Singer with Cancer" )

 

The songs and music reflect the low and high points of Steve’s experience. The opening track, “Himalayan Suite Parts 1 & 2” describes the vibrant life and dreams of a young boy sheltering from a storm in a beached up boat, dreaming of a storm in the Himalayas. He drifts off and hey presto: we’re off to India and the Himalayas. Steve’s low point of his treatment, going into Hospital for the first time, is evident in the track “Himalayan Suite – Red Sky”. This was written on the Garageband app. on an iPad on the hospital bed at Western General, Edinburgh.

 

Happier tracks start to follow and “Himalayan Suite – Mountainscape” starts to change the mood halfway through it as some wonderful sax playing by Bjorn Dahlberg takes the mood from dark to light. “Himalayan Suite – Appointment in Samara” and “Himalayan Suite – Annapurna” lighten the mood with some great synth orchestrations in modern electronic genres intertwined with each other, creating an overall effect of relaxation and imagination for the listener.

 

The final track is the only track where Steve dared to add any vocal after his cancer treatment. “Himalayan Suite – The Silk Road” takes us through the mountains and heading back west towards Europe, and in our child’s dream, back to a warm sleep in his beached up nest. Of course the vocal is not perfect, as you would expect after the horrors of radiotherapy, but Steve wanted to let people hear what the effects are, and use them to add to the atmosphere of the song, the altitude, the coldness and loneliness of those vast mountains.

 

The songs interspersed throughout include the singles “Waterfall Dance”, and “Romany days”, as well as four other tracks written before the onslaught of cancer. These tracks include the Political anti Jihadi song “Lost Quarter”, the slow string quartet tune, “Claire”, a Booker T esque “Pink Garlic”, and the tribute to Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, “Encinitas Break”. Why are they interspersed? Steve wanted to make the album more interesting by separating the Himalayan concept tracks, hopefully keeping the listener interested.

 

Steve’s peers on Soundcloud have been praising this album with comments such as: “ Beautiful and dramatic track! Piano sounds are so impressive! “ and “awesome combination of different surprising styles of dance music! Nice work! “ on “Annapurna”, “interesting and catchy layer-work”, on “Red Sky”, and “really love the Indian musical elements here - a fresh approach!!!” and “Great work! “ on Himalayan Suite 1 & 2”.

 

Steve is now well on the way to total recovery and hopefully the next album will not be as long coming, and without any dramas to delay it.

 

Previous Releases:

Waterfall Dance - latest Single

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This is a song written on the 12 string guitar using the G chord as a drone, a thing I use as a practice exercise for claw hammer finger picking. The artwork photo of the Jelly Fish is taken in Sea Life in Bangkok. I thought the 12 string guitar sounded like a cascade so I wrote the song about watching a girl playing in the waterfall, and tried to describe it as best I could. I would say it's almost a Trance track, would you agree with that?

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  1. 1 Waterfall Dance 03:15 Lyrics
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Romany Days - Previous Single

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Folky style rock tune about travelling, some nice catchy Clarinet playing by Bjorn Dahlberg. The drums are played by Max Saidi and the album art is by James Loy. Check out his art at www.jamesloy.com

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  1. 1 Romany Days 04:58 Info
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Debut Album: From The East Down to The West

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  1. 1 Land of Smiles (From The East) 04:02 Info
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  2. 2 Nowhere to Run to 04:55 Info
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  3. 3 The Market Place 03:22 Info
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  4. 4 Mandingo 01:47 Info
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  5. 5 Crackin' Up 03:26 Info
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  6. 6 I Wonder Just How Long 03:45 Info
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  7. 7 I Ain't Scared of the Dark no More 05:15 Info
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  8. 8 The Love Ambassadors 05:41 Info
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  9. 9 You Keep Throwing my Heart Away (From the West) 03:42 Info
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Previous Single: The Market Place / Mandingo

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First UK single released on Nub Country Records, a medley of two tracks from the album "From The East Down to The West", released in March 2015.

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  1. 1 The Market Place / Mandingo 05:10 Lyrics
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Previous Single: Crackin' Up

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Have a listen to this. You may even empathise with it. A cynical look at life as we know it. Horns played by Bjorn Macateer Dahlberg!

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  1. 1 Crackin' Up 03:26 Info
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