This Too Will Pass is Hirshikesh Hirways (pronounced rishie-kaysh) solo
debut on Dangerbird Records, featuring Hrishkesh on guitar, cello, drums, and
drum programming with a stellar line-up of contributing musicians on other instruments.
Born and raised in Peabody, Massachusetts to Indian parents, Hrishkesh began his
musical career under the name The One AM Radio in the late 90s in New Haven,
Connecticut, while attending Yale. As junior in college, he began performing solo
with an acoustic guitar and a drum loop backing him and by 2000 he was already
recording and editing his own live drums on his computer.
Later on he became
good friends with another Yale student, violin planer, Jane Yakowitz, and released
their first album, The Hum of the Electric Air, in July 2002. Soon after, the
indie circles were praising the duo for their heartfelt songwriting and their
creativity in blending electronic and organic instruments.
In the past couple
of years, Hrishkesh has focused on a solo career to produce an album that is
more reflective of his own personal history. The result is a beautiful collection
of songs reminiscent of M83 and Sigur Ros. It is hard to explain in words what
his music sounds and feels like. His compositions are a dreamy mix of vocals,
string instruments, and ambient beats while his bittersweet tunes play with
your head and your heart at the same time.
how to work with his soulful, melancholic melodies and whispery vocals without
making the album a depressive experience something that not all singer/songwriters
are capable of!
Lest I Forget,
Shivers, and In the Time Weve Got particularly
stand out, but all in all This Too Will Pass is the kind of album that you will
find yourself listening to over and over again.