To say that Vandana leads an interesting and multicultural lifestyle is an understatement. From her humble roots in India, she moved to London to study as a graphic designer, only to move to Brooklyn to pursue a career as a singer-songwriter.
Inspired by everyone from Thom Yorke to Miles Davis, The Cure to Bollywood, Carl Jung to Edgar Allan Poe, her music is a fusion of disquieting electronica with alternative pop: it builds on ancient Indian traditions and fables, resulting in a cathartic, deeply haunting but truly absorbing listen.
Her EP “Nox Anima” (meaning Night Soul/Spirit), created entirely in her home studio, is out on 21st April and it’s a mix of slow-dripping, throbbing sounds with vibrant synths, creating an atmosphere that’s arcane, exotic and brooding. For now check out her latest track “Vicious”, inspired by nature documentaries, particularly Planet Earth, and the obsession with an unobtainable subject of affection.
“I was watching a lot of nature documentaries while making this record,” she says. “I am completely obsessed with the plant and animal kingdom and there was this one scene in a Planet Earth episode in which a snow leopard chases a mountain goat fervently across hellish, steep slopes. The goat escapes. This song was literally dedicated to the majesty of that creature, a fascination with the elusive, strong footed mountain goat in its natural habitat. Fixation over a majestic creature, and a feeling of great pleasure in observing its beauty and strength without trying to attain or own it. It’s (about) allowing complete surrender to the subject without expecting anything in return.”
If this song is any indication of what her EP has in store, April can’t come soon enough.