Ajay Mathur has shared with the world the kind of #Music that can put a smile on your face while encouraging profound thought about “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” He is of Swiss descent but was born in India. He now lives in Lucerne, Switzerland. His album 9 to 3 was released on May 1st and is packed with 15 highly creative songs that are comprised of stylings from Americana, psychedelic, alternative rock, and pop music. He received help from a few other artists in the making of his album: Fausto Medici, Christian Winiker, and Richard Hugener. After listening to Ajay’s album, I felt it was colorful and refreshing. He gave me a good impression of what a genuine folk musician is, with melodies that remind me of Bob Dylan and The Beatles. 

Vocal display

Ajay is responsible for the singing in all of the songs.

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He has a decent and strong voice. It is a bit rugged and heavy, which finely contrasts with the smooth and tranquil background music. I feel as though his vocal production has a timeless quality because his singing is rich and meaningful. It is as if I could listen to him 30 years from now, and his voice would still sound fresh and bright to me. While listening to him, his voice left me at ease, as I could sense sincerity and warmth in his singing. Also, some of the songs feature children singing in a tuneful manner, which I thought was so cute and precious. A good example of that is the song “Sitting By Your Cradle.”

Favorite song for vocals: “My World (SOS To The Universe)”

Instrumentation

Ajay is responsible for playing the guitar and keyboard. The other band members are responsible for playing guitar, bass, drums, and percussion.

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The instrumentals are of a rustic and hearty nature, with prominent influence from rock ‘n’ roll. They are loud and adventurous in composition, which does not leave me feeling bored. What really stands out to me is the Indian musical instrumentation of the sitar, which makes certain songs sound more cultured. The sitar-playing makes the songs which it appears in sound majestic and beautiful. It is as if the east meets the west in those songs for an amazing ethnic blend of music. A good example of that is the song “Oh Angel.”

Favorite song for instrumentals: “I Mantra”

Lyrical essence

The lyrics of the songs are somewhat unusual, yet there is a deep sense of spirituality connected to them. They are a mixture of being metaphorical, abstract, and philosophical in essence. I could tell that Ajay has a firm appreciation for poetry while listening to his album. His lyrics touch on subjects that are largely manifested in American culture, although almost anyone can relate to them in other regions of the world.

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Subjects include consumerism, narcissism, technology, romance, and even vanity. That combination of lyrics give the songs political/worldly edge and can push listeners to reconsider what is truly valuable in life (e.g. good looks vs. good heart).

Favorite song for lyrics: “All Up To Vanity”

Final thoughts

I give Ajay’s latest album a 8.5 out of 10 rating. I value how nicely he incorporated music from the Indian culture he grew up with in some of his songs. This album has demonstrated to me the importance of bridging music with issues of our world to educate and entertain people, at the same time. Ajay’s music has the power to inspire listeners to think more critically about what it means to be humanely human.

Listen to the album for yourself down below, and let me know what you think of it later!

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