Local instrumental band Dot Three release their second EP
Chemical engineer Anik Bhattacharya broke all convention in 2017 to pursue his true calling. He created a three-member instrumental group dot three with budding young musicians Shambo and Suman from the waterfront town of Diamond Harbour. However, tragedy struck shortly after the release of their debut EP. Hiraeth in 2019 as COVID-19 wreaked havoc around the world. Plans for a national tour had to be canceled and live concerts hit a historic low. Anik being stubborn as he is, decided not to give up on his passion and now his arrangement is ready to fight back with their second EP Fireflies.
“fireflies is like the light at the end of a tunnel that was the pandemic. The four-track album tells stories of struggle and healing through each of its compositions. We want to give our audience a full immersive experience through this album and we promise that our listeners will be in for a sweet surprise,” shares Anik, lead guitarist and songwriter of Dot three.
Is the name of this EP fireflies meaningful hope you are looking forward to after the pandemic?
The pandemic has been extremely trying for independent musicians like us. There were no concerts, no expectation of work to be expected, and no direct communication with the listeners. This period also pushed us to seek alternative livelihoods. However, the desire to return with our originals was constant no matter where we were or what we were doing.
fireflies is truly a reflection of hope in all its meanings. I remember lying awake around 3am on one of those dreadful nights when suddenly a firefly came and sat on my guitar. I knew right away it was a sign of hope, so I named the composition I was working on during this phase after the light bug.
What instruments did you use on this album?
Besides the nylon string classical guitar and the usual percussion, we used Udu, the African equivalent of our own Ghatam. Our band member Suman also used harmonica and melodica to add layers to each of our compositions.
Our tracks are inspired by components of our environment and nature which give an ambient touch to each of them. This EP is a medium of different cultures where grooves from all over the world blend perfectly with classical and folkloric Hindustani notes.
Is there a surprise factor for your EP?
We tried to bring back the physical nature of music albums through fireflies and come up with something unique. We collaborated with our friends Koyel and Ritwika to further create an immersive and creative experience through poems and illustrations.
After thinking about it for a long time, we all came together to conceptualize a booklet that will contain twenty illustrations by Ritwika, a graduate of Kala Bhavan. The paintings will come with a poem on each page, written by Koyel and its back cover will have a QR code which, if scanned, will lead listeners to our new album.
Which digital platforms are on your list for the launch of Fireflies?
The four-track album will also be available on all major digital platforms like Apple Music, Spotify, etc., starting May 1.