Born and raised in the picturesque village of Thakehu, Dimapur, Nagaland, Abdon Mech is an extremely talented singer and songwriter who happens to be somewhat of a polymath who is also studying English literature. Born into a musical family, he got into music quite early but picked it up seriously only after college. Over the last few years, he has become a prominent figure in the indie music scene of Nagaland.
He has played all the major festivals and shows in the State which included a stellar debut at the prestigious Hornbill International Music Festival. Known for his easy-going vocals and straightforward songwriting, Abdon Mech has been rated highly by established figures such as Ehsaan Noorani, Raghav Meattle, Taba Chake, etc. The rising indie music star from the Northeast has released his debut EP “From A Bamboo Room”, and that’s what we are reviewing here.
“From A Bamboo Room” is named so because it contains songs that Abdon Mech wrote from his small Bamboo room during the initial days of his musical journey. Sonically, it aims to capture that era where everything was stripped down and it was just him and his guitar in his room. As he prepares to move on to a new sound and chapter in his journey, he wanted to document that early phase of his life through this record.
This EP is the delightful sound of a musician about to explore new sonic avenues, who in many ways is already an accomplished composer. It pays due deference to his past whilst also potentially opening the door to exploring some new and exciting sounds as Abdon Mech starts writing the next chapter of his musical journey.
Melodic, pensive, joyful, passionate, introspective, melancholic are all appropriate descriptions of “From A Bamboo Room”. Underlying the whole album, and at its core throughout, are Abdon Mech’s undeniably beautiful, crystal-clear vocals, vocals that hold the power to melt even the stoniest of hearts.
Verdict: Get Bamboozled.