Manas Jha is a Mumbai-bred, New York based singer songwriter whose latest offering Liberate completed his 3-track EP titled Trifecta in June 2021. The EP is a unique concoction with genres ranging from energetic breakbeat tunes, all the way to heavy guitar riffs. Despite having two EPs already under his belt, his single Curtains instantly caught the attention of critics and listeners alike last December.
Featuring some unique collaborations from the spectrum of electronica to progressive metal, Trifecta starts off with the song Nukkad Closed, featuring popular metal band Skyharbor’s founding member Keshav Dhar. The track is a tribute to Garima Kothari, a New Jersey-based restaurateur, a real-life superwoman who was found dead in her apartment in what was said to be a murder/suicide case. She was many things; an investment banker and even a finalist on the Indian version of reality TV show Master Chef, who went to pursue her passion and eventually opened up Jersey City’s Nukkad restaurant. The song features some power-packed riffs and an animated video by Dhruv Sharma.
The second song Myrooh is an upbeat and happy song Manas put together with the help of producer and musician FuzzCulture, and singer/producer Siddharth Basrur. The song celebrates Manas’ and his wife Preeti’s daughter Myra, and My Rooh in the song means ‘My Soul’. The song is a magical experience for any kid, with some of Myra’s favorite toys featured in the cute animated music video. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself grooving to this synth-driven breakbeat track!
The third and final massive single Liberate features Blackstratblues, which is popular guitarist and composer Warren Mendonsa, along with drummer Jai Row Kavi. This latest release has that rock n roll flavor to it, with chunky guitar riffs on a groove. Also released with a music video featuring hip hop artist and songwriter Tienas, the song and video narrates incidents of drug abuse and the real struggle to break free from it.
All in all, Trifecta is a great listen, and is possibly one of the more interesting finds of 2021. You may have missed this one, but go back and listen to the EP, encapsulating many different genres, producers and musicians who are all at the forefront of their respective music in India. We wish Manas all the very best for his future releases!
Listen to the full EP, now available on streaming platforms worldwide! Link here: https://linktr.ee/manasjhamusic
Information sourced from press releases and Manas Jha’s YouTube channel.