After being a regular in the live circuit for years and recently also unveiling a DJ set, live industrial electronica act Karajimo aka Viraj Mohan is going to launch his first album called “Lunar Howl” in May. The title track and first single dubbed “Lunar Howl” is dropping with an inventive music video on VH1 on 1st April, alongside being released on digital platforms like Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube Music and even TikTok’s new music streaming app Resso.
“For this album, I decided to get rid of the noise in my head. It’s industrial — has noisy synths with distorted guitars and a lot of ambient sound designing, “ said Mohan describing the sonic structure of the album. “The album is about a harsh overextended phase I was going through. The concept revolves around always finding hope,” he added.
Viraj Mohan who has been part of progressive rock bands like Another Vertigo Rush (AVR) previously has collaborated with people that he’s worked with previously for this project. For instance, former AVR bandmate, Nikhil Rufus Raj is on bass on this album while Keshav Dhar who is widely known for his work with progressive metal band Skyharbor has produced and mixed the album in tandem with Mohan.
“It is always a great feeling to be part of a piece of music that is out into the world, even more so when it’s a best bud and a long time musical partner in crime at the helm of it. Really excited for Lunar Howl to be out there finally,” said Keshav Dhar.
The album also features seasoned live acts from the Delhi live music scene like Deveshi Sahgal, Curtain Blue aka Abhishek Bhatia of “The Circus” along with drummer Anshul Lall. Longtime collaborator Rahul Das of OORT and the Sundogproject also features on the album alongside legendary electronic act Karsh Kale.
The title track Lunar Howl features the hypnotic vocals of Abhishek Bhatia in a syntropic drone-like format while the lyrics have been written by Rahul Das. Sahgal who also sings on a song in the album describes it as an amalgamation of “catchy melodies and cinematic industrial soundscapes.”
A remixed version of the album is also in the works with some of India’s finest underground DJs.
Karajimo who recently signed with warpcore is known to perform in two formats. His recently launched DJ set features industrial soundscapes from his own tracks combined with modern house and techno, while his live act is head rush inducing cocktail of industrial and ambient soundscapes meshed with grungy vocal harmonies.
Disclosure: warpcore’s events arm manages Karajimo.