Anisha AOD is a New Delhi born singer-songwriter who is known for her delectable mix of classical, soul and electronic sound with emotive, hard-hitting vocals. Anisha AOD was born Anisha Uppal in New Delhi and started taking piano lessons at a very young age. She spent her childhood hopping from continent to continent until she came back to India in her 20s. After settling at one place for the first time in her life, she got hold of all the poems and prose that she had written over the years and started turning them into songs on the piano.
She toured Europe and Australia between 2017 and 2019, and her performances were very well received. In June 2020, her debut release featured the songs ‘Broken’, ‘Thunderstruck’ and ‘Skin’, and she re-released ‘You Don’t Know’ and ‘Stand There with You’ under the new alias, Anisha AOD. She has returned with her latest track “In A Cloud” and that’s what we are reviewing here.
“In A Cloud” explores dark satirical themes through its lyrics. The first line of the song is I am a drowning disaster. Rest assured, the entire song is anything but. The track is an insane mix of Anisha AOD’s guilt ridden and downtrodden feelings, presented in a satirical form.
“In a Cloud” starts with a simple acoustic guitar strum and Anisha AOD’s refreshing voice kicks in soon. As it is with all Anisha AOD songs, the vocal quality is very high. Her tone and timbre are perfect for the song. She has sung the song very expressively and it sounds much more than just singing, it’s more like a musical performance, where the singer isn’t just hitting the right notes, but emoting everything as well. This should be an interesting live performance to watch. Her vocals stay consistent throughout the song and her delivery seems quite effortless and never strained for a moment.
Musically, “In A Cloud” has an interesting shuffling beat that provides the perfect rhythmic backbone for it. It’s very dynamic and interesting and definitely one of the highlights of the track. The entire musical accompaniment is extremely interesting with all the instruments doing something quirky here and there. The creativity is top notch and “playing it safe” is something this song doesn’t do at all.
With “In A Cloud”, Anisha AOD has created an extremely interesting, distinctive, original and enjoyable piece of music. The more you listen to it, the more quirky parts you will discover, and the more you will enjoy it.
Verdict: Truly stands out from the crowd.