Nikhil P. Yerawadekar & Low Mentality: Everything Lasts Forever
What if every Brooklyn indie band was comprised entirely of people who, above all, could really play their instruments? They’d probably all sound like the various offshoots of Antibalas that populate the five boroughs (who, in all fairness, account for a significant portion of said Brooklyn indie scene). Hailing from Queens, but carrying that indelible Bushwick-bred sonic fingerprint, Antibalas bassist Nikhil P. Yerawadekar and his band Low Mentality pack their debut album with treble-y guitars, slack-group vocals and pawn shop synths, all floating atop a bubbling bed of Afrobeat-tinged rhythms. The music itself is fairly oddball, and flawlessly executed, suggesting the work of Frank Zappa, though between the sparse arrangements and the sound of Yerawadekar’s voice, it also doesn’t sound unlike a Mike Gordon record. Which is all to say that Everything Lasts Forever skews far afield from the core of Afro-beat, while still sounding very much like the work with Antibalas. It’s generally breezy and gentle music, though it gets a little darker midway through, from the almost-heavy “Bad Imagination” onward, and the lyrics all have a socio-political lean to them. It’s as perfect a soundtrack to a rooftop barbeque as it is to a civilized electoral debate in a basement.