Article by Sruthi Dhulipala
Hyderabad based interdisciplinary artist and creative educator, Akhil Kodamanchili aka ‘No Hero‘ released a song, “Call of the Void ,” an alternate prog-rock piece that transports you into an alternate world for 5:09 minutes.
As a novice to existential and introspective music, I am writing this review from the perspective of a fresh listener – someone who’s new to the genre but is willing to explore new realms and describe them to you. If you’re like me, you should give “Call of the Void,” a try!
The track is experimentation galore. You discover new ambiances as you progress well within the song. Whether deliberate or a happy accident, the mood progression is what makes “The Sounds Within” an intriguing stream. Akhil described his central message as “some sort of a rebellion theme, mildly doused in apathy with a blurry vision.” I could not find a better phrase to describe the hook of the track.
The guitar strings at 2:45 – now tell me if they don’t tug at your heartstrings. And, the synthesizer samples are tastefully staggered to create a sense of deliberation and provoke anticipation in the listener’s minds. If I could place my finger on one emotion I felt throughout the song; it was a feeling of depth – into the raw emotions of a person, be it cheesy cues or the most confused thoughts; be it far-fetched fear or absolute bliss.
“No Hero” is a bold concept that sways between messages. It doesn’t narrate a story – rather, it invites you to narrate yours. Some might see this as a confusing project and some as a fresh attempt. But, I urge you to give it a shot and experience the music. Respond to the instrumental racks and the transitions between chords rather than finding a central message.
What’s the final word? “Call Of The Void,” is new, absorbing, and even hints at psychedelic vibes at certain parts. The track invites the listener to join in an alternate-reality-fetish, where dilemma and deliberation are embraced or even adored.