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Indie-pop duo Ranj X Clifr are experimenting with chord progressions, and giving Ranj’s hometown Chennai a style of their new sound

Indie-pop duo Ranj X Clifr are experimenting with chord progressions, and giving Ranj’s hometown Chennai a style of their new sound

A few weeks in the past, Bengaluru-based indie-pop, R&B music duo Ranj X Clifr dropped their new single,  Dialog. With spacey, rhythmic loops mounted on vocals alternating between blues and rap, the music is 23-year-old music producer Clifr’s experiment with chord construction and progressions. “It’s primarily a guitar-driven music, however is stitched along with greater than 4 chords, not like our earlier songs,” he says, accompanied by singer-songwriter Ranjani Ramadoss aka Ranj, 24. 

The 2 had been a part of Carnatic fusion, jazz experimental band Kelvikkuri, and began making music collectively a few yr and a half in the past. “We wished to strive one thing outdoors the band. I began producing music and didn’t know if Ranj would need to rap. We first signed up for a contest after which began making music collectively. I stored producing music and he or she stored writing it,” says Clifr.   

Clifr launched his debut solo mission in 2020, State ‘O’ Thoughts Feat. Lojal. It was adopted by EP 593 Vol.2 in 2021. He has collaborated with Ranj in over seven songs, together with 4 for the EP and three singles UNO, Mutual and Dialog. “Our songs specific what we’re feeling and going by way of life. Thus far, all our songs have been in English. I write in Tamil too,” says Ranj. To her, hip-hop is all about expressing oneself. Hip-hop has at all times been an indication of defiance and everybody connects with it, she shares. “When society was aggressive in the direction of a sure neighborhood, hip-hop was aggressive. Now, Lamar’s socially aware and Drake is in contact along with his feelings. Hip-hop is at all times concerning the inhabitants expressing what it’s going by way of at the moment. It’s a instrument for social expression,” she says. 

Ranj X Clifr 

Ranj X Clifr 
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Unbiased artists, says Ranj, largely make music for his or her household and mates. “When you attain a sure place, you do get more cash for performing. Till then, one works in the direction of making music and collaborating. As an example, Clifr and rapper Tintin have collaborated and put out an album collectively.” 

Initially from Chennai, Ranj relies in Bengaluru now. “There’s loads of love and assist for unique reside music. Individuals, even when they don’t comply with you on social media, will come in your gig and people who are already within the music scene will push you,” she says, when requested concerning the music scene in Bengaluru. In Chennai, she says, it was very troublesome to set up your self  as an impartial musician alone. However, she provides, now loads is altering.

Ranj X Clifr will be acting at SOCIAL, Mount Highway, Chennai, on Sunday from 7pm onwards. Tickets for 399. 


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