Full-color, limited-edition 7x6" All India Permit zine designed by Mana Dhanraj, an artist/musician based in Bangalore, India. The zine features the dedicated artwork to each song plus the stories that inspired each piece.
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My family in India hails from Mangalore, a sleepy coastal town in the southern state of Karnataka. There was a family reunion of sorts there during Christmas and as I walked across the deep orange earth leading to the Pinto ancestral home, the meditative, droning riff of Karnataka emerged in my head. The piece is inspired by the Carnatic Raga Sree, which also appears under the same name in Hindustani music, but with a different collection of pitches.
In Mangalore everything slows down. Palm trees, the ocean breeze and the mild revolutions from the ceiling fans put you in a space that starkly contrasts the bright lights, raw growth and bursting energy found in Karnataka’s most famous city, Bangalore. Portuguese villas are now encroached upon by apartment high rises, signalling an end of simpler times, but Mangalore still has pockets of open space, farm land and fields and the stretches of the ore-laden earth that make it unmistakable from overhead when approaching the local airport.
The bedrock of the "Karnataka" is its looping bass line. It creates a platform to explore the motifs and maneuvers of Sree. Straying from the core pitch set immediately creates tension, raises drama and invites a release which is powerfully achieved when the returning to the ostinato. Mangalore is like that for me. It’s the familiar, safe, gentle, mild, comforting home for me in India, away from all the chaos, movement and activity.
Alex Pinto is a guitarist and composer living in Seattle, WA. He makes modern sad-jazz with hints of post-rock. His debut release 'Inner State' and follow up EP 'All India Permit' were loved by his mother.