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Art by Rhea Iyer

Listen: Sabu urges to take a step back on debut single Rest

For the uninitiated, Mumbai-based Andrew Sabu has been gradually ratcheting up a crowd with his acoustic balladry over the last few years. Momentum on his side, he has played venues across the country, while developing a grassroots gig format called LVNG, showcasing live talent within the confines of people’s living rooms. His attempt at cross-genre appeal can be traced to an earlier collaboration with electronic wunderkind Veer Kowli aka Chrms on the song ‘Mind’.

On ‘Rest’, the first single from his upcoming EP, Andrew offers more of what is quickly becoming his signature sound – an acoustic arpeggio interspersed with occasional guitar harmonics being the only supplement to his airy vocals.

Oozing tenderness, reminiscent of Justin Vernon’s earlier log-cabin material, Andrew uses his soulful voice to drive home the point that rest is important. The way ahead may seem daunting, the present may also be equally frightening and confusing, but it’s always okay to take a step back, rest and reflect.

‘Rest’ is out now on all streaming platforms.