Aditya Prakash’s New Immersive Debut Solo Album: ‘ISOLASHUN’

Wednesday 26th July 2023

Aditya Prakash is releasing his new single and title track ‘ISOLASHUN’ ahead of his upcoming enveloping debut album

Aditya Prakash is an award-winning vocalist known for his powerful and emotive voice, and is one of the foremost virtuosos of Karnatik music. He will be releasing his new enveloping debut solo album, ‘ISOLASHUN’, which explores themes of human identity and beauty, and is set to be released on October 13, 2023 with New Amsterdam Records.

This release is a self-critique album that explores the tension in dual-identity and questions notions of beauty tied to the “classical” aesthetic. Forged amidst the restrictive isolation of lockdown, this album emerged from the humble confines of Prakash’s garage studio, serving as a poignant testament to his soul-searching odyssey during the tumultuous pandemic era.

The pandemic served as a catalyst for Prakash, driving him to confront solitude as an artist. With his scheduled engagements vanishing, he was left tethered to one place without motivation nor inspiration.

His first single and title track, “ISOLASHUN”, out today, is an evolving composition that uses Prakash’s richly-layered vocals to explore ideals of beauty through a sonic experience that straddles the line between music and noise.  

Prakash invites the listener to question “how much of what we consider beautiful is associated with comfort? When does the beautiful become suffocating, violent, unhinged?”

The second single, “3AM” explores the inner and outer states of our collective neuroticism and will be released on 12 September, alongside the first episode of the upcoming podcast series focused on his album.

At only 16 years of age, he became one of the youngest musicians to tour and perform with sitar maestro Ravi Shankar, accompanying him to such prestigious stages as Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl and Disney Concert Hall.

Aditya has collaborated with a diverse range of innovative artists, including sitarist Anoushka Shankar; jazz pianist Tigran Hamasyan; electronic experimental artist Karsh Kale, and the acclaimed dancer and choreographer Akram Khan. He founded the eclectic music group, Aditya Prakash Ensemble, which creates a space for dialogue between Karnatik and jazz. 

The Ensemble’s 2020 album, “Diaspora Kid,” garnered praise from Songlines, KCRW and was featured in the top 15 albums on the Transglobal World Music Chart in May 2020. Aditya Prakash Ensemble was selected by the acclaimed festival showcase, GlobalFEST, to perform a NPR Tiny Desk concert in 2021.