With a background in Indian classical music, Baltimore’s Ami Dang creates evocative ambient trance music with sitar, voice and electronics. In 2019 she released ‘Parted Plains’, an instrumental album that draws inspiration from South-Asian and Middle Eastern folktales, on influential LA label Leaving Records. Get acquainted with her work before she brings her dreamy soundscapes to Rewire 2020.
The Washington Post’s Chris Richards interviewed Ami Dang following her album release, where she spoke about how ‘Parted Plains’ is a record that fits in many different contexts for the listener: “There are definitely songs on the album that are sad, or intense, or cerebral, or upbeat-happy-go-lucky — and I think those feelings are implied. But if you want to use my music to meditate and calm down, cool. If you want to use it to wake up and get ready for your day, I’m into it.”
Check out the video for her track ‘Love-liesse’ from ‘Parted Plains’ below. The video was directed by Meredith Moore, and was directly inspired by Ami’s interest in South Asian and Middle Eastern folktales, specifically the tragic romance Sohni Mahiwal which tells the tale of forbidden love outside the rules of the caste system which ends in the lovers’ deaths.
‘Parted Plains’ was very well received, being included amongst Bandcamp Daily’s top 100 albums of the year. Find the full list
The album sees a departure from the experimental pop songs of her past releases, with a refined approach to instrumental storytelling. The folktales that inform the album come from, specifically, the four tragic romances of Punjab, Sohni Mahiwal, Sassi Punnun, Heer Ranjha, and Mirza Sahiba; Flora Annie Steel’s Tales of the Punjab: Folklore of India, and selected stories from One Thousand and One Nights. Tying these narrative elements together, along with her virtuosic sitar playing throughout the album and meditative ambient soundscapes, ‘Parted Plains’ is a highly rewarding listen. Stream the album in full below.