A Peek Into Synesthesia, Producer Iam Alboe’s Debut Album ‘The Painter’

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Vedant Chandra (27) aka Iam ALBOE is a Delhi-based producer cum singer songwriter who released the first single from his upcoming album on August 14. Iam ALBOE, who has been a regular on the Delhi electronic dance music circuit has played gigs at venues like Fio and Serai, has been developing his “live” alterego for the last couple of years with numerous independently released tracks. This will be his first release after joining Delhi-based tech-music think-tank warpcore.

Yellow is part of a broader compilation that Iam ALBOE has been creating which speaks to numerous colours. “Yellow is the colour of energy and focus. Like many of my songs that are named after colours, I am trying to promote Synesthesia with the song – Yellow,” says Iam ALBOE. Synesthesia is a neurological condition in which information meant to stimulate one of your senses stimulates several of your senses. Synesthetes — or people who have synesthesia — may see sounds, taste words or feel a sensation on their skin when they smell certain scents.

“The setting of the song takes place in the early hours of the morning when a nightclub is beginning to shut down. Countless people are done with their night and are heading home. The protagonist of the album, the Painter, however, is not done yet. He is full of energy and has also courted someone during the course of the night. This is where the song begins as he pleads to her to continue their merriment in the gardens of the city before they decide to go home,” he elaborates. 

Vedant Chandra has been a musician all his life with deep roots in live performance. He has been a singer since the age of 4, he took up the tabla at 8 and then the drums at 12. Before he hit his teens, he had the ability to play in an ensemble. In his early 20s he started composing recreationally before starting the Iam ALBOE project in 2017 when he started composing and taking up DJ gigs. 

His live setup is an embodiment of his skill set and musical tastes combining groovy synths, with his skill on the drums and peppy vocals culminating in a whiplash of synth heavy pop that is rooted in dance music.  Iam ALBOE’s debut ongoing album, The Painter, is an attempt to narrate a story from start to finish moving along chapters with each song. It focuses on the concept of Synesthesia, especially the blending the sense of sound with light. The story narrates the life of a Painter, driven by emotional turmoil who finds sustenance in painting only to change the course of his life.

While Yellow is his first big release, he already has some tracks in the wild which have gained some impressive traction. Blue, Gin N Tonic and Starlight are all raw examples of the Iam ALBOE signature sound. They can be found on all major streaming platforms. Click here for the artist’s Spotify profile.