Feature Photo by BENJAMIN CHAULET, Review By JOHN DALY
Ajay Mathur is a world musician. Not because his work is like world music, but instead, he has brought together all the influences of his life’s travels to the album, Little Boat.
It’s a journey that the Little Boat makes, traveling around the world, an en route Mathur picks up influences of Jimmy Page, Don Cherry and Americana roots.
Sure there’s some French influenced songs and the tones of Mathur’s native India, but he has enough flexibility to show us what people can do if they use the world diaspora for music.
Ajay Mathur’s new album Little Boat follows on his previously released ‘A Matter of Time’ (2011), ‘Come See Conquer’ (2013) and the highly successful ‘9 to 3’ (2015) that earned him a Grammy nomination in 2017.
The album is fun and captures the trials and tribulations people go through in trying to forge relationships and carve out a living in this world.
“Forget About Yesterday,” is a clear favorite, the video for the song is fun and good-natured and we like the New Orleans-meets-India flavor of the song.
Artist Name: Ajay Mathur
Release Name: Little Boat
Label: Yakketeeyak Music
Producer: Ajay Mathur
01. Here’s the Love
02. Forget About Yesterday
03. Start Living Again
04. Grooving in Paris (All My Choices)
05. Little Boat
06.There We Are (Do It Right or Not at All)
07.My Wallet Is a House of Cards
08. Ordinary Memory
09. While I’m Still Standing Here
10. All Your Thoughts
11. Who’s Sorry Now
12. Time for Deliverance
13. Kartehuus (My Wallet Is a House of Cards)
Ajay Mathur: guitars, vocals, backing vocals, keyboards, guitar and field effects
Christian Winiker: guitars, lap steel guitar, bass
Fausto Medici: drums and percussion
Gregory Schaerer: bass
Dani Lauk: blues harp, Cajon accordion, tin whistle
Rupak Pundit: Tablas percussion
Produced by Ajay Mathur.