SANDHYA Rocks Indie "Innocent Monster" - Goes Global - Rolling Stone India!
American Artist Sandhya Balances Darkness and Mirth on Soaring Rock Album ‘Innocent Monster’
The Indian-origin writer and singer-pianist based out of Baltimore turns away from her previously established jazz palette but keeps things groovy.
Sandhya (SAHN-dia), unleashed her newest project May 14th, INNOCENT MONSTER (Asirvatham/JazzGrrl Music). This art rock album contains ten original songs featuring vivid lyrics over deep-pocket grooves, all tied together by Sandhya’s charismatic voice and bold choices at the piano. It embodies a throwback, 70s-80s-90s FM radio sensibility that perfectly suits what Rolling Stone calls our new “post-genre” era.
Fierce but philosophical, cynical but playful, these songs mirror the original Sanskrit meaning of Sandhya: the murky junction of Darkness and Light. Sandhya’s earliest successes came as an award-winning columnist for Baltimore City Paper and later as an Emmy-winning PSA producer/writer. She got serious about music when trying to escape personal crises through obsessive piano practice. (It worked.) Her first album, MEMOIR (2007), contained jazz-pop originals and a few standards. She was the visionary behind MOBTOWN MOON (2013), a massive Pink Floyd homage for which she gathered 40+ collaborators from the mid-Atlantic’s vibrant, varied music scenes.
In 2018 she began working with producer Pete Strobl, best known for stints as Gary Puckett’s musical director and bass/voice mentor to Wolfgang van Halen, Eddie’s son. The team completed all band tracks for INNOCENT MONSTER by early 2020. When global pandemic stalled the project, Sandhya taught herself how to cut pro-level vocal tracks at home, and ended up with an even better final product than expected.