The F16s & Smalltalk
23 October 2019
Image: The F16s' Facebook
The F16s are an alternative band hailing from the port city of Chennai, India. Their music, echoes the melancholia that grapples with the mundanity of everyday life in a town that serves very little outside of itself. Lyrically driven, the 'sound' of the band rests in an arc that also includes acts like LCD Soundsystem, Julian Casablancas and the Voidz and The Horrors; beat-driven yet innately melodic. The band already has a couple of prior releases attached to them: a 6-song EP released in 2013 called 'Kaleidoscope', and a 2-track recorded in Brooklyn, New York called 'Nobody's Gonna Wait'.
Smalltalk is a four-piece experimental music project based in Mumbai, drawing heavy influence from Soul, RNB, Rock, Jazz and Electronica. The band focuses on writing melodic, hook-driven songs with an easy listening veneer, simultaneously using them as vehicles for improvisation and sonic experimentation. Their stylistic voice is inspired by the likes of Vanilla, D'Angelo, Hiatus Kaiyote, Kendrick Lamar, Erykah Badu and many others.