Our Souls at Night by Dipan Basak is an unconventional 5-minute song with the purpose of making you feel better. A song about hope.

‘Our Souls at Night’ is an unconventional 5-minute song with the purpose of making you feel better. A song about hope, something that is stronger than fear, and helps us see that there is light despite all of the darkness. Josh went full out with the vocals, giving a very raw and powerful edge to the song. The distorted guitar gives it a touch of Rock. I started writing the song in September, last year. The song has 83 layers, and mixing them was a nightmare. We played it for Ehsaan sir (Ehsaan Noorani), Bodhi Sir (Bodhisatva Ghosh), Rohan Sir (Rohan Ganguli), and Arunima Aunty (Arunima Dasgupta) – they really loved the song. There’re a few pop songs, indie rock/pop songs, a blues song, and a psychedelic song in the making!

We did an interview with the artist over a cup of coffee about this latest release, here’s what they had to say!

Tell us about your track

’Our Souls at Night‘ is an unconventional 5 minute song with the purpose of making you feel better. I hope the first thing that comes to your mind is curiosity when you see a song titled ‘Our Souls At Night. As your questions get answered and you finish the song, the last thought on your mind is that of someone you miss. A song about hope, something that is stronger than fear, and helps us see that there is light despite all of the darkness. This song is “an escape route for hope to survive.”

Tell us your inspiration behind this track

Drawing inspiration from my personal life, after a brutal breakup – I stopped believing in a lot of things and hope was the only thing that got me through the tough times, even though the ‘light’ of hope seemed very bleak. The song served as an escape route for hope to survive. We didn’t want the song to be under a specific genre. We went for a very 80’s kinda sound. The ‘chorus and reverb’ driven guitar tones add a very 80’s touch to it. The distorted guitar gives it a touch of Rock. Josh went full out with the vocals, giving a very raw and powerful edge to the song. The acoustic guitar and the bass guitar added an extra dimension to the song, the soundscape just opened up.

How long did it take to record the track album EP ?

It took us 7 months to put it all together. I started writing the song in September, last year. We started laying down the tracks in October. It took us quite some time to find the exact sounds we were looking for. We travelled to mumbai and parts of the song were recorded in mumbai. When we came back, we sat with Stuie uncle and tracked the bass line. The most time consuming part of the process was Mixing and mastering The song has 83 layers, and mixing them was a nightmare. I had a total of 58 mixes of the song on my phone. But after the final mix was done, I mastered it and played it for the rest. We played it for Ehsaan sir (Ehsaan Noorani), Bodhi Sir (Bodhisatva Ghosh), Rohan Sir (Rohan Ganguli), Arunima Aunty (Arunima Dasgupta) – they really loved the song. We needed an album art, and Arunima Aunty did us the tsunami benefit of letting us use one of her artworks. The artwork added an extra dimension to song very visually.

What is the meaning behind the lyrics?

This song is about hope. Sometimes it’s hard to live in the present when you have so much you adore from the past ‘memories’. The song talks about how the spiritual ‘you’ travels from the past to now. Hope is a reminder that we are alive, the day we stop hoping is the day we stop living. There’s a particular line in the song ‘oh best believe that the flames never die, an escape route for hope to survive’ – the song is an escape route for hope to survive. The sheer pain and ache of losing hope is heart wrenching. When you feel that you’re losing hope, the bravest thing you can do is find an escape route for it to survive.

What brings next after this release?

We’re working on a ton of tracks. Songs which are completely different from what Is already there on my discography. There’re a few pop songs, indie rock/pop songs, a blues song, and a psychedelic song in the making!

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