Hailing from the southernmost point of England, Ishani returned with her family, at a young age, to the sprawling metropolis of Bangalore, India. This would be where she spent her childhood.
After graduating in TV, Film and Radio in Singapore, she moved to London to study Audio Engineering at Alchemea & Point Blank. Her first track ‘Pelican Elephant’ was picked up by MTV India and she was showcased as a BBC introducing artist. Her second single ‘Don’t Stop the Fight’ was downloaded over 400,000 times after being included in the Indian interactive comic book Priya’s Mirror.
Instantly recognisable by her distinctive vocals, she is working on the new music that will eventually be released as her debut EP Stormy Emotions due out in August 2018. With incisive and often challenging lyricism, (‘Don’t Stop The Fight’ centres on the horrific social effects of rape), Ishani has earned her dues as a serious and provocative recording artist. New single ‘Insomnia’ centres on the anxiety that keeps us awake every night, and it’s sure to keep the aura growing around this brilliant and brave new voice.
Ishani illuminates the darkened introspections of sleep deprivation on this new track and it’s a vital and heady show of solidarity with victims of sleeplessness. Like the beginnings of sleep-deprived psychosis, a menacing and glitchy laugh taunts the listener before the new-age trip hop beat drops.
It’s an ambient and cinematic lullaby to all the insomniacs whose dusk introspections have taken a psychic turn for the worst. Infectiously hard to pin down, ‘Insomnia’ moves through electro pop motifs and huge walls of rock and roll guitar as it builds to its mesmerising climax. As the tumbledown guitar lines collapse away, the song loops back to its beginning and Ishani coos the repeated mantra “I’ll sleep when I’m dead,”; a sinister reminder of the self-circumscribed hell of the sufferer. Ishani is a thrilling new voice for a generation unafraid to be open about its problems.