In Sanskrit, Veda means “Knowledge,” New York City-based electronic artist Varick says of the title of his forthcoming album Veda I. “Some of the oldest Hindu teachings were compiled to what is known as The Vedas, writings of revelations that came to gurus after intense meditation, one revelation being that the self is an illusion.”
The album, he says, builds off of those ideas for its thematic content.
While that sort of heady stuff could be a slog, in the hands of Varick and producer David Sisko on songs like “Illusions” his beautiful falsetto spreads out over propulsive electronic, lightly-industrial feeling compositions that wouldn’t sound out of place on a turn of the millennium post-Radiohead record.
“Since I was young I was interested in ancient spiritual teachings, that introduced me to ideas of meditation, oneness and enlightenment,” he goes on. “When I started writing songs I found myself writing about these ideas and getting out things I was dealing with subconsciously. I began modernizing these stories, and using my own experiences, to create songs that express philosophies of non-duality, Hinduism and Advaita.”
Varick will perform at Pianos in NYC tomorrow, on July 21 with Sandflower.