Beyond Indian Ocean, I don’t see anyone…I see brown-wannabe whites.
- Rabbi Shergill
I place Indian Ocean completely at the forefront…pushing the envelope, leaders in their field.
- Prannoy Roy
They are the pioneers.
- Palash Sen
Indian Ocean is THE only one…with a consistent body of work.
- Anurag Kashyap
(Their music) has a strange quality of being very, very rooted and very, very contemporary.
- Tarun Tejpal
They conform to no music industry norms. Their songs (and instrumental pieces) have an average length of more than eight minutes (some go beyond ten), and none of them are love songs in the conventional sense. They sing in many different Indian languages, sometimes in dialects not easily understood; their most famous song is in the ancient language of Aramaic.
And yet, with their acoustic guitar-bass-tabla-drums-vocals format, their fluid jazzy vibe and rock intensity, they sound more urgently contemporary than most music does anywhere in the world. The strong influence of Indian Classical and the time-honoured earthiness of folk root their music more than most contemporary music anywhere in the world. All resulting in an absolutely unique sound, but accessible to anyone, anywhere.
All four have given up conventional earning careers to pursue their calling, without even a respectful nod to the commerce of their times. This abstinence has cost them mainstream presence and the backing of a premier music company.
And yet they have a following that is growing week after week. Their volume of concerts is growing all around the world (an average of 70 concerts a year now, over five continents).