With the driving force of a Westerman melody, and the luscious reverberation of Tame Impala, “The Motor Vehicle” sees NY based Sepoy delivers the type of single that really hooks you in and make you wonder what the future has in store. Rarely does a band from NY surprise you with such a clean look at modern psych rock. The lines between genius song writing and muddled guitar playing have sadly flooded the airwaves as of late, so its a beautifully deserved fresh take on songwriting for 2019 that we all have been waiting for.
Camel Assassin is the latest EP from New York-based psychedelic prog rockers Sepoy. The second EP to follow the band’s 2016 debut album, Impasse, the more experimental “Camel Assassin” offers wider soundscapes, more ambient guitars, and influences from Indian Classical tradition. Combining the production quality of an MGMT record with the compositional underpinnings of 70s psychedelic rock, Camel Assassin is a captivating departure from formulaic alt-rock sounds, and an intriguing progression from Sepoy’s beginnings.
The name “Sepoy” — originally referring to an indigenous Indian soldier serving under an imperialist conqueror – alludes to the human dilemmas that surface in such a situation. The band’s music contextualizes these themes in pedestrian yet universal experiences, and is influenced by the complexities of merging Indian upbringings with adult lives in America. In terms of production and composition, Sepoy’s music recalls 70s pop rock and early 90’s alt rock. Echoes of India’s underground rock scene pepper its sound, and Sepoy’s 12-track debut and subsequent EPs flow atop a quiet undercurrent of ethnic rhythmic and tonal influences.
Sepoy is a four-piece progressive rock band based in New York that has been making music together since 2012. Camel Assassin was recorded at Greenpoint Collective Studios in Brooklyn, New York.