For anyone who shares a love for acoustic song versions, I’m starting a playlist called ‘Nocturne’ where I’ll be posting a home recording of one of my songs every Thursday night. All of these are going to be recorded late in the night when there’s minimum noise, which also happens to be the time dogs bark out of boredom. I hope you take that as part of the listening experience.

Never thought I would see that as a headline one day. If you haven’t heard of IndieBullhorn, I’ll introduce it to you by saying that Archit Shetye is one of the few music journalists I know who are actively looking out for new music in the country and giving a platform to relatively unknown artists. Here is Archit talking about Polaris:

Akash Vincent : ‘Singer-songwriter’ is not a genre.

When it was time to make a music video for the Polaris EP, I did a search on YouTube for short films and one of the first ones I saw was ‘The Delhi Boy’ by Anubhav Singh. I checked out the channel and fell in love with his storytelling. From then, to sitting at Coffee Home in Connaught Place trying to figure out the concept and the cast, to making lovely new friends during the shoot, and now to this. I hope you enjoy the video as much as we enjoyed making it. A lot of love went into this.

Directed by Anubhav Singh
Akshaya Murali as the daughter
Geeta Bisht as the mother
Saurab Handa as the coach
Arsha Vincent, Praisy Abraham and Rosemary Joseph as the runners
Production assistants Nandini Bansal and Jithin Prasannan

Special thanks to:
Nandini Bansal and family
Akshaya Murali and family
Michael Williams and Mount Carmel School (Dwarka, Delhi)
Paul Schuttenbelt and Delhi Youth League

These songs were written in 2015. And it’s quite a journey they’ve had since then. There were many points in the recording process where I’ve had to calibrate myself to what I had set out to do with this music. And because three of the songs on this EP also work for me as a guiding light, I decided to call this one Polaris.

Every individual involved in this EP has been incredibly supportive of the music, which is how it has made it this far.

I can say for certain that I would not have managed without them, especially Saili Malpani, Nikhil Mawkin, Ananddev Banerjee, Arjun Sagar Gupta and Arsha Vincent, all of whom have been there with their support right from the beginning till the end.

Polaris is now available on almost all popular platforms. If it isn’t on one that you like, feel free to drop me a message.

All I can say now, is I hope you enjoy the music.

  1. Who I Am Akash Vincent 5:48
  2. Free Akash Vincent 5:26
  3. Troublesome Akash Vincent 3:51
  4. Anyway Akash Vincent 4:30
  5. Circles Akash Vincent 5:48

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Personnel:

Fabio Carlucci – trumpet
Rie Ona – saxophone
Utsav Lal – piano
Aman Mahajan- keyboard
Nawahineokala’i Lanzilotti – cello
Abhinav Khokhar – bass
Nikhil Mawkin – drums
Chayan Adhikari – backing voice

Produced by Akash Vincent
Co-produced by Nikhil Mawkin
Mixed and co-produced by Gaurav Chintamani
Mastered by Steve Nagasaki, Nagasaki sound
Trumpet, guitars and cello recorded at The Piano Man Jazz Club by Ananddev Banerjee
Vocals recorded at Quarter Note Studios by Gaurav Chintamani

Artworks by Nandini Bansal

All songs written by Akash Vincent