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Uncommon Premiere: Mumbai Indie-Rock Act Prolonged Distances Open a Contemporary Fling with Punchy Debut Song ‘Empire’

Comprising singer and multi-instrumentalist Aarifah Rebello, guitarist-producer Apurv Agrawal and guitarist-bassist and synth player Zubin Pastakia, the band will launch their debut EP ‘How the Mighty Will Tumble’ in 2023

Anurag Tagat
Dec 08, 2022





Prolonged Distances – (from left to factual) Apurv Agrawal, Aarifah Rebello and Zubin Pastakia. Photo: Rono

Blending submit-punk, shoegaze, dream-pop and rock into one sweeping amalgam, the latest band on the block is Prolonged Distances, out with their debut single “Empire.”

Comprising vocalist Aarifah Rebello, guitarist-producer Apurv Agrawal (from submit-hardcore act Pacifist and his enjoy experimental project Cowboy and Sailor Man) and guitarist, bassist and synth artist Zubin Pastakia, the Mumbai-based trio additionally enlisted drummer Jai Row Kavi to sit in as a session artist, with further vocals on “Empire” by Mali aka Maalavika Manoj.

A collaborative project that started out simply when the pandemic-connected lockdowns enjoy been environment in, Pastakia linked with Rebello and Agrawal sharing demos, and finally the three gathered on Zoom calls (and in person) to birth out work on what’s now a five-song EP known as How the Mighty Will Tumble. Rebello is alive to to cloak that this wasn’t simply hinging on working remotely. “I feel savor irrespective of being in the same room or now not, we’ve always labored to encourage the tune. So participating, ideating, and writing lyrics and parts came easy,” she says. Agrawal adds that all artists labored well in both kinds of environments, while Pastakia adds that even when some writing turned into as soon as completed remotely, issues enjoy been easy as soon as they enjoy been in the same studio room. “I ponder what I savor about how we work collectively is that all individuals fabricate of tests their ego on the door and we by some capacity enjoy been very inclined and birth to what comes out of a session,” he says.  

After years of writing and recording his enjoy enviornment matter, Pastakia says he turned into as soon as by no technique entirely delighted with it however recording technology improvements enjoy brought in a range of level of view for the artist. “I feel savor if I don’t attain it now, I by no technique will,” he says about Prolonged Distances. With swelling synth prospers and original wave’s robotic rhythm work at events, there are a lot of juxtapositions on “Empire” to plot the listener right thru its almost four-minute runtime. Bearing your entire substances of a melancholic, but foreboding sound, Rebello asks, “And the build you gonna be?/ When your empire falls.”              

Pastakia credits noteworthy of the song’s vitality to being driven by Agrawal with “fuzz guitars.” He adds, “We straight knew that it turned into as soon as precisely what the song wished to power the level dwelling and Aarifah’s vocals aloof kept it dreamy and melodic and approachable.” Because it looks, Agrawal and Pastakia bonded on their fondness for extraordinary artists and their tune-making approaches. Rebello, on her phase, says with a laugh that one of the crucial influences they allotment are Hayley Williams and The Cure.

Aside from Row Kavi in the relieve of the package deal, the diverse artists enthusiastic on How the Mighty Will Tumble EP embody producer Sandunes aka Sanaya Ardeshir and bassist Krishna Jhaveri. Pastakia says their involvement as session artists – co-producing and mixing diverse songs – came about spontaneously. “I the truth is respect the two of them – for now not handiest the mastery of their craft and their professionalism – however I’m additionally so thankful for his or her patience and encouragement,” Pastakia says.

While the EP is slated for launch in early 2023, there’s a tune video coming up for “Empire,” and singles savor “Esteem Song for An Apocalypse.” Prolonged Distances is additionally gearing as a lot as bolt reside by the time the fat EP drops. Agrawal says, “We’re attentive to the huge push it’s going to enjoy to enjoy this from a studio project to a reside act while making particular we attain justice to the songs and the sound.” Pastakia adds, “We’re already in talks with some unbelievable musicians who’re alive to and we are capable of’t wait to play this reside for folks in 2023.”

Movement “Empire” below. The song is out on streaming platforms on December 9th.

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