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On Growing Up: Dissecting Green Park’s latest album “Newly Aged”

New Delhi’s own musical sensation, Green Park, showcase their unique spin on indie music, skillfully intertwining old melodies with contemporary artistry. The band’s latest album “Newly Aged,” released on 23rd March 2024, accentuates their melodic prowess. With members Arpan Kumar, Sidharth Gupta, and Rishabh Bhan Singh working alongside laudable Indian and international collaborators, Green Park delves into the heartfelt journey into adulthood. The album grapples with the confusion of cultural identity, the inevitable fading of youthful romance, and the nuanced emotions experienced during the transition from adolescence to maturity.

Launching the album is the eerily enchanting minute-long track, ‘Bappi’. The sounds blend the 80s vibe into a hauntingly beautiful symphony. The mastery in sound design is undeniable and its evocative tonality and nuanced soundscapes form the bedrock for the upcoming narrative. 

The second song ‘I Met Someone’ feels like a rollercoaster ride steeped in nostalgia. With its toe-tapping rhythm and infectious melody, it’s a tune that could command any late-night bar dancefloor. The song begins with soulful guitar strums and melodic vocals into a rich tapestry of saxophone and drums – a poignant nod to The Beatles, yet with a distinct touch. The lyrics capture a fleeting encounter and the longing that trails in its wake.

The third track, ‘Coast,’ presents a fusion of vibrant trills and undulating vocals, instilling a breezy beach-like ambience. Yet its seemingly light-hearted vibe belies a deeply reflective narrative—it traverses the challenging landscapes of post-colonial India, exploring the complex identities moulded by its cultural history. Its jazzy undertones echo a sense of continuous evolution and movement, mirroring the changing times. 

Serving as a poignant intermission, ‘Yahan-Wahan’ is a bilingual exploration of chaos and nostalgia. Its eclectic construction employs a series of evocative samples, forging a connection to a time gone by yet vividly present in collective memory. 

The fifth song ‘Dulcet Tones’ stands as a testament to Green Park’s diverse sound. Seamlessly amalgamating Eastern and Western tunes, the track spotlights instruments like the Sarod, Trumpet, and Saxophone complemented by Amartya Ghosh’s sultry vocals. The lyrical theme is a commentary on the myriad shades of emotions, beautifully phrased by ‘feelings so grey.’ This harmonious confluence of disparate sounds makes for an immersive listening experience.

The sixth track unveils an enveloping soundscape, punctuated by some good piano melodies. This grand composition dances between whirling synths and cinematic orchestration. The perfect blend of instrumentals and synths encapsulates a palpable sense of melancholy, while the melodious saxophone tugs directly at the heartstrings. 

‘Newly Aged’, the seventh track, is a lively, groove-laden anthem that cleverly encapsulates the band’s ability to create a spectrum of moods. With an intense lead guitar distorted yet perfectly harmonized with the intricate soundscape, the song confronts the uncertainty of ageing and the slow fading of innocence.

The eighth track, ‘Soft Toys,’ persists with the album’s rhythmic tempo and the new-age jazz vibe. It is a finely crafted melody, adorned with poetic verses, which effortlessly merge into the song’s overall harmony. ‘Sabaa,’ the ninth track, offers a soothing respite. With its melodious trills, it serves as a gentle interlude that offers a moment of tranquillity. The rich overtones create a calming ambience that effortlessly settles emotions, leading the listener further into the album’s world.

The tenth track, ‘Take What You Can Get,’ embodies a profound philosophy of accepting pain and moulding it into a form of art to be shared with the world. This track engrosses you with its infectious rhythm, compelling you to sway and hum along. The music is authentic, and so is the message it carries. As the song progresses, it prompts the listener towards self-reflection and acceptance.

The final, eleventh track, ‘Papita,’ is a spontaneous iPhone recording from a house gathering, serenading the band’s beloved cat. This unexpected ending may surprise listeners, yet it seamlessly integrates into the album’s narrative. 

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