Maluscomas is a synapse prize, a project by indie musician Amit Vyas. Based out of Pune, he translates his several savants of music and influences into his own. Chiselling his own signature form while tipping his hat to the ones who have inspired him, he actively makes passionate music. His latest album is called Other Side of Peace.
With a flavourful opening number, we are underway. A few interesting things to note are his particular penchant for tone, which he calculates and executes beautifully. It is essentially a solo, but a great litmus into what you’ll be hearing as an album.
Greg Emond and Maluscomas bring us a lament in the style of Roger Waters’ solo music. The oceanic synth sounds are the undercurrent of some great, poetic lyrics. The surrealism is almost felt, owing to the attention to detail. The bluesy guitar solos with the choir like synths bring a perception of depth that is uncommon to many genres in general. What the Hell is Going On explores the dystopia of consequences, with the music. The tones and delay given to the guitar echoes the passage of time, almost distorting it in a way. Like Pink Floyd’s Time, some ambient textures rear their head.
Travelling through tales
Chaos is unnervingly calming, as an opening it deludes. This is for the metal infusion of some resounding and well composed guitar parts. Like Skyharbour, the duality is within the kind of sounds explored. Maluscomas proceeds to give us a djent breakdown with some scrumptious guitar arts. It is a bold departure from the psychedelic theme that we were warming up to. Refreshing and original, it teases the elasticity of a talented musician.
Sacrifice brings to us some Malmsteen kind of guitar tales, the guitar taking the role of the narrator. The gentle background contrasts the aggressive yet overdrive crunched guitar tone. The composition is like one of Slash’s, in the sense that the solo becomes memorable and singable. As Farewell would suggest with the title, we understand the Petri dish for innovation that Maluscomas has created with his compositions. It, once again, dives into a psychedelic tonality, something difficult to arrange. However, it has been done with a mastery and understanding of the implications of phrasing.
Blue Skies meditates on the hemisphere that gives us shelter and sunlight. It resonates of something Warren Mendonsa would compose. The understanding of nature and the nature of the song works in tandem. It creates this brilliant offset of sonic expedition, while deriving from the energy of the source. Thematically complete, yet exciting to experience. With an ambience of rain, we settle in through a microcosm of monsoon through music. It helps calm the pulse of the album overall, testing the weather and experiencing the joy of petrichor.
An echo unites
As the closing track Rebuild comes along, we can look back and look at this dynamic cross-section of genres, Maluscomas has taken us through. It is an unexpected one, making friends with new sounds along the way. As we cap it with a blues rock voyage, the resultant notion is a complete, complex piece of art. It might not hold relevance to this artist, but what we’ve experienced is Hopper’s Nighthawks.
As we stare at the foreground, an awful lot of complexity and starkness in the background dictates the brilliance of the animated. Stare closer, and you notice details you wouldn’t have the last time. Stare long enough and realize, you’re just a viewer who was always part of the scenery. Listen to the album here:
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Self professed metalhead, moderately well read. If the music has soul, it's whole to me. The fact that my bio could have ended on a rhyme and doesn't should tell you a lot about my personality.