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Nitin Sawhney chats about new material ahead of Royal Albert Hall show

By | Published on Friday 19 September 2014

Nitin Sawhney

Nitin Sawhney will showcase some of his much anticipated new album ‘Dystopian Dream’ at a show at the Royal Albert Hall this weekend, though the record itself isn’t quite finished yet.

Speaking to CMU’s sister magazine ThisWeek London, Sawhney said of the new long player: “The album is still in the works. It feels a lot darker than previous albums. I have been very influenced by events in my personal life and changes in the global political landscape over the past couple of years. Some of the lyrics and music reflect that. I am very happy with the musicians I have been able to bring in and some of them will be appearing on the show on Sunday”.

Going on to chat about his previously reported direct-to-disk live recording session that took place last year, Sawhney continues: “It was wonderful to record direct to disc. I think the whole band responded well to the pressure of doing everything in one take and it was great to have Joss Stone as our special guest. I am a huge fan of vinyl and this was a great way to commemorate our back catalogue and the evolution of the band over all these years”.

But was he happy with the recording that resulted from the venture? “I felt the album sounded really warm and spontaneous. Since the whole idea was to capture an authentic performance from the band, I am really happy with what came out”.

You can read the full interview here. The Royal Albert Hall show is this Sunday.