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4 stars A year ago, Rainburn had released their first full length album Insignify. Earlier this year, they did a few shows promoting the album as well.

Now, having also found a home with the label Unherd, Rainburn have brought out an EP titled Resignify. As the title indicates, it is a revisit of songs from Insignify (as also Veil from the EP Canvas of Silence). The EP has five tracks in all, of which two (Suicide Note: Alive in Black and Someone New: Another Night are taken from aforementioned live performances (tight as can be, I might add) while the other three are reworked to varying degrees.

Veil: Recanvased is pretty faithful to the original but has a different, scorching guitar solo contributed by Chirag Samtani. The percussion patterns are different too, addressing the slight loss of momentum in places in the original version. Very nice to hear this track again after it first appeared on Canvas of Silence. It's still the least interesting of the three tracks that have been done afresh (which really says more about how interesting the other two are).

Elusive Light: Resignified offers a big, big surprise (assuming, that is, that you haven't already heard the well received unveiling of the track on Youtube). Muscular drums make away for tabla (performed, interestingly, by the band's own second guitarist Paraj Kumar Singh as opposed to a specialist tabla player) and Vats Iyengar switches off the electricity on his guitar. Add Adarsha Ramkumar's soulful contributions on violin and you have something straight out of a fusion album (I am thinking Shakti with vocals). In a recent article, Iyengar mentioned that the songs on Insignify had departure points rooted in Hindustani raags. But it is only when the melody as well as the riffs are placed in familiar Indian environs that these roots finally become evident. Needless to say, the melody is right at home in these settings as well and people are going to have a hard time remembering that this was originally a heavy prog/prog metal track, so seamless is the transition to its Hindustani core.

To borrow an unfortunate expression frequently used in India, last but not the least is Suicide Note: Fading Into White. The crushing and pummeling machine gun riffs of the original are nowhere in sight as the song opens instead to what sounds like rain, followed by gentle, jazzy piano (played beautifully by Akash Kumar) before Iyengar's vocals come in. He adapts appropriately to these dramatically redone arrangements, softening his attack whilst losing none of the melancholic intensity inherent in the composition. It has an uncanny vulnerability that takes you by surprise and haunts you, leaving a lasting impression in a way that prog with all its technical and cerebral brilliance doesn't always do.

In summary, Rainburn truly resignify the EP per se, making it a very interesting creative endeavour with much to offer even if you have previously listened to these tracks in their original incarnations. And if you haven't heard them before, you're in for a treat because these versions are at least as good as the original ones, if not better (I, for one, do prefer the 'soft' version of Suicide Note).

rogerthat | 4/5 |


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