Rejoice! Dualist Inquiry has released his third single of the year
Sahej Bakshi aka Dualist Inquiry is on a roll these days. In April he came out with 'Mayday', and the month after it was a song called 'Fever Dream' that he launched. Now, he has released another song, 'You & Me'. The latest track is special not just because of Delhi-based vocalist Sanchal Malhar's presence in it, but also because its music video has been directed by Bakshi himself.
He says, "I realised that 'You & Me' deserves its own video, and decided to shoot the music video in my basement by renting a green screen and shooting a few angles of Sanchal and I performing the song. After the shoot, I went ahead and removed all the green screens from the footage, and animated the movement of the characters on a black background. This is what I sent to Arushi (Kathuria), whose animations I have been a huge fan of. She did her thing and animated this bright, cartoon-y, nostalgic '90s universe in which Sanchal and I are placed."
Personally, Bakshi adds, making this video has been an incredible learning experience. It's something he has wanted to do for years, and would love to continue to do in the future.
Coming back to the songs themselves, Bakshi says, "A lot of the new music I'm writing tells the story of a particular experience I had at some point in time. It was during some of those sleepless nights that I started working on 'Fever Dream', and slowly developed it over the next two-three months."
He continues, "'Mayday' and 'Fever Dream' are two chapters from a larger body of work that draws from personal experience. 'Fever Dream' attempts to capture the vividness of a wild dream, one that rivals the intensity of a real-life experience." To capture the intensity of a real-life experience, Bakshi used bells, voices, and quite a few sound samples. "My samples," he says, "come from all over the place. I record quite a few myself on a handheld recorder while I'm travelling or spending time exploring new places. I also sometimes get my samples from YouTube or other online videos. It's really interesting to take an audio clip that isn't musical in nature and put it into a song."
Over the next few months, he'll be in the studio making more new music and videos to accompany the songs. "We're also," he adds, "developing a new show that I'll go on tour with later in the year. There are a few more surprises along the way."