I haven’t had anything similar on my musical plate for a while, so Rainbun’s new release Insignify was an interesting, beautifully surprising and absolutely brilliant variation. Bangalore-based act mixes progressive sounds with top notch instrumentation with the addition of dynamic riffing and amazing vocals. The outcome is a unique sound that is quite inimitable and rare to find. How much you enjoy the new record will mainly depend on how you respond to this incredible mix and the singing style used by the vocalist (and guitarist) Vats Iyengar.
Insignify is a concept album charting “the quest for purpose the overarching meaninglessness of life.” Insignify is certainly full of emotion and humanity and the way the Indian band reproduces in music the story and the psychosis of the protagonist is wonderful.
As it’s the case with most concept albums, Insignify requires time and patience to be understood and to gain the listener’s estimation and it will reward open minded audience. Play it in the dark to fully experience its great music.
The album kicks off with the intro “The Wait” which sets the tone and the mood for the rest of the 10-track record. There’s something disarmingly powerful about vocals from Vats Iyengar that add incredible depth to songs. The intermittent bass notes on “Merchant of Dreams” are just perfect and the intricate guitar sound is like a nice shade of color you don’t notice on painting but that painting wouldn’t be the same without it. A great start.
“Elusive Light” adds a bit darker shadow to the overall atmosphere. The bass is gorgeous and the way the song turns into a more ambient and atmospherical dimension is great. “Mirrors” is a slow piece with emphasis on the mood perfectly detailed by Iyengar on vocals once again that also perfectly fits the story and musically serves as an intermediary between the album’s parts. The album continues with “Someone New” which feels straightforward for the most part. “Purpose” is a nice touch, coming in the ‘a capella’ format it certainly is one of the highlights here. “Suicide Note” is far more song-oriented piece in a classic intro-verse-chorus manner, but it also includes some of the best instrumental work during its almost seven minutes.
After the title, instrumental track which connects the dots, “Within” is another slow-burning piece with Iyengar in the leading role. The closing mini epic “School of Atlantis” brings the story to an end in a grand fashion: borrowing from the jazz rock school it’s arguably the most forward-thinking piece compositionally.
An album which engages on a variety of levels, with Insignify Rainburn have delivered something of power, emotion and beauty and one which sets you thinking on a variety of different levels. More importantly it’s a cracking good listen (especially through headphones) and one which familiarity only continues to improve.