Rounak Maiti's intensely personal music encapsulates the strange but homely intersection of American and Indian cultures that raised him
Born in Cleveland, brought up in India and based in Los Angeles, Rounak Maiti’s intensely personal music encapsulates the strange but homely intersection of American and Indian cultures that raised him. An inimitable artist and storyteller, Rounak creates timeless music.
The singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has been quietly releasing home-recorded acoustic experimentations, ambient ramblings and folk rock songs since 2011. What started as a bedroom-focused covers project like many other kindred spirits, evolved into sparse and confrontational ballads, characterized by Rounak’s raw production and restrained, delicate voice.
He joined forces with Pagal Haina Records shortly after high school, and has since performed live across India and the United States. His debut full-length and first concept album, ‘Bengali Cowboy’ (2017), was an exploration of diasporic identity through the wide-eyed lens of country music; spacious reverb, twangy melodies and carefully crafted layers of autumnal instrumentation. It received critical acclaim from Rolling Stone India, The Hindu and Platform Magazine, among others. Rounak’s latest album, ‘Waiting on the Comedown’ (2019), is influenced by 90s slowcore, shoegaze and dream pop. Lyrically, it finds him exploring themes of hyper-connectivity, anxiety and physical distances, and how these ideas lead to both solitude and sensory overload.