Almost every guitarist from North-east India has plucked those ambient riffs and pieces from “Syndicate” or “Dadhelo” and emulated those distinctive enunciations, to experience what is called “Bipul da feels” and I am no exception.
It’s no secret that Bipul is an accomplished guitarist and vocalist, and that is pretty much the focus of this track. His voice is absolute butter and he has a cadence with his lyrics that lands softly and almost quietly. His control over his voice is impeccable here.
His is an amazing story, no matter how many times he has narrated it. A story about this man, who grew up in Darjeeling with his guitar and his music, and three years ago, quietly popped out his debut song Wildfire and later an album Sketches of Darjeeling, becoming one of the most popular independent musicians in the country, known for his Nepali folkish sounds.
How Bipul Chettri’s Hillside Idiom is Going Places
Looking back, it does seem that his wishful chant of “home calling, home" on his first album, backed by wah-wah pedal guitar effects and a loopy didgeridoo, set the agenda for Chettri’s music—global in its musical skin, looking inward at its core.