‘Eskimos’, a group of young music lovers talk about their first album set to roll out this June

Summer has cast a dry-spell even on entertainment. In a time, when you are longing for that extra dash of fun, here’s something quirky and funky. Calling themselves ‘Eskimos’, a group of young like-minded music lovers has come up with two peppy numbers that are set to hit the charts. Rishikesh, the famous face from ‘Kana Kanum Kalangal’ TV serial has directed the album’s video. Richard, a VisCom student of Loyola College, Chennai, has done the editing and Vaira Bharathi, an upcoming lyricist has written the songs. The team consists of two singers Georgina and Kalesh and composer Sterlin Nithya from the KM Music Conservatory, Chennai.

“By ‘eskimos’ we mean that we are ‘cool’ people. This whole idea is to create a new head-turner among the youth,” says Sterlin Nithya, who has also been A.R.Rahman’s assistant in few films. “The album revolves around the ego-fights between lovers and how relationships are handled these days.” The theme of the album is ‘love forever’ and the songs contain subtle social messages within the peculiar lyrics.

Fusion of genres

The first song ‘Eskimo nenjam than Volcano Kangalal…’ is a western classical while the second number ‘Kadhalna? kadhal illa…’ is urban folk. “I haven’t followed any particular music genre. Both the songs are fusions. There are few more songs to be added in the album,” says Sterlin.

“Both the songs have the common string of love yet they are different in lyrics and music. The first one is a lyrical kitsch with both English and Tamil words but the other talks about the intensity of women’s love and I have used colloquial Tamil slangs to give a rustic feel,” says Vaira Bharathi, who has also penned lyrics for Director Vikraman’s upcoming flick ‘Ninaithathu Yaaro’. He adds, “I liked the theme so much that I wrote the ‘eskimos…’ song in 10 minutes. We wanted it to be peppy and upbeat so that it appeals to youngsters.”

Rishikesh, who has handled camera, promises that the video is a complete entertainer and will keep audience glued to the screen. “The shoots are done to lend an urbane look and feel. We have used catchy visuals.” Parts of the video are shot in a hip coffee-shop in Anna Nagar and Semmozhi Poonga. Richard, the editor claims that no-presets have been used and every technique has been done manually. “We didn’t want it to look a ‘wannabe’ video. Even the scene transitions are done innovatively and it’s naturally uber-cool,” he vouches.

Kalesh who has sung both the songs, says, “The experience of singing the two was entirely different. One has to modulate the voice to suit western classical style and should not emulate or duplicate some other song. The originality should be intact.” Kalesh has done playback singing for Telugu-dubbed Tamil films including ‘Mozhi’. Georgina, the female singer for the album, says, “The first song is a Tamil pop and the singing required lots of ups and downs in the pitch. But the other has a folk undertone and is breezy to the ears.”

“The songs can be seen on Youtube and on fb after mid-June. We are looking for a channel-slot to release it on TV,” informs Rishikesh. The Eskimos are launching an android application soon which would consist of the bloopers, the album tracks and more. Stay updated on the Eskimos at their facebook page : www.facebook.com/pages /E-S-K-I-M-O