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Ramgopal writes and records songs with Adele Nicholas in the darkwave project Love & Radiation, but for Migration, her debut EP as Lykanthea, she drew upon the classical South Indian music she was exposed to growing up. "Carnatic vocal styles include a lot of vocal ornamentation, which is pretty absent from Western styles of music. There's a difference in scale and in tone and also just in how vocalists use their vocal cords," she says. "When I started this project, I decided I really wanted to use my voice in the way that seemed best suited to my training, to write music that came to me most naturally."
The songs on Migration, which loosely narrate the mythology of the Sumerian goddess Inanna, bounce between gorgeous, long drones and nervous electronic skitters: "Hand and Eye" wrings out a minor-key hook over quick synth arpeggios, while "Aphonia" floats atop a two-chord echo for its seven-and-a-half-minute length.
Lykanthea will play a release show for the EP at Transistor on Friday, August 1. Listen to the Reader's exclusive advance stream of Migration below.