LISTEN: Swati — “Big Bang”

Music / August 5, 2011

Courtesy Photo: Swati Sharma

Singer songwriter and kindred spirit of enchanting sounds, Swati, transforms the craft of singing into a coalition of sensations and electric pickings.

Playing an acoustic-electric Alvarez Yairi 12-string guitar fitted with 8 strings to generate her haunting and howling auditory explosions, Swati Sharma is anything but mainstream.

At the age of 18, this native New Yorker made her debut at Carnegie Hall where she embraced the realm of classical music. She then went on to play alongside other female powerhouses like Sarah McLachlan at Lilith Fair.

But most of all, this meditative musical muse is a light amongst the shadows. Swati internalizes her music and when she sings, it’s as if the deepest depths of her psyche are being projected forwarded into the oh-so-vast universe.

When asked about her connection with music, she eloquently explained, “I deeply respect it and believe that it is bigger than ourselves just like the universe is inside us, just as we are inside the universe.” She’s a true artist who glows in a world sometimes so deprived and hungry for genuine artistic expression. Known for her almost animalistic yet delicate voice, Swati’s music is revolutionary—not to mention totally badass.

“Big Bang”, off her debut album Small Gods released in 2007, can only be described as “acoustic metal”. One listen and I’m sure you’ll be asking why you haven’t been exposed to Swati’s heart of glittery gold before.

The track has the arsenal power to blow minds and eardrums. The notes are roaring and layered with salient strumming and wailing melodies. “Big Bang” is emotively chilling, a tad disturbing, and completely and utterly beautiful.

Lyrically, the song reads like a dimly set poetic falsetto of repetitious prose with lines like “All my hands, all my eyes, all my streets. All my strides. All my strings and all my picks, all my rivers, and all my sticks.” Then it erupts in an electrically apocalyptic fury as the slithering songstress growls, “All my wheel and all my fire and all my electric, electric, electric…” At this moment, it becomes clear that if you could put all the feeling, density, expanding emotion, dark energy, physical triumph, and passion of the pinnacle of cosmological creation into musical form, it would sound a lot like Swati’s “Big Bang”.

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