With the electronic scene burgeoning but still in its adolescence, it is hyperbolic at best and presumptuous at worst, to confer the title of “electronic music pioneer” on anybody in India. Six EPs, three full-length albums and multiple coveted residencies later, Sanaya Ardeshir possibly comes the closest.
Like her topographical namesake, Sanaya, better known as Sandunes,is unbound by imaginary boundaries, constantly mapping new directions for her music, in terms of instrumentation, production, performance and song-writing. The Mumbai-based artist, also a trained pianist, released two records this year including a critically lauded collaboration with virtuoso drummer Richard Spaven.
The range is astounding when you listen to her discography from start to finish, but retrospectively, it is also a natural culmination for one who has collaborated with the likes of Betamax and Spaven and created a formidable global footprint supporting/opening for Bonobo, Pretty Lights and George Fitzgerald.
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