Ajay Mathur is an Indian born Swiss singer/songwriter whose vocals have been compared to Don Henley and Tom Petty. He has been performing since the 70’s and has joined the likes of Jimmy Page and Don Cherry on stage.
Each song on his latest album ‘9 to 3’ promises a unique musical adventure. Here is my review:
‘9 to 3’ is a fine fusion of an album. It is highly original and somehow manages to blend a variety of musical styles to great effect.
My favourite track is the haunting ‘Nothing Really Matters’, which is reminiscent of Nirvana and Elvis Costello. It is deep, genuine and extremely powerful.
The single ‘My World (SOS to the Universe)’ has made it into the Top 10 in the National Airplay Top 80 Independent Chart. It is lyrically even more relevant to the current events in the world and is very profound.
Other highlights on this album include ‘Latin Lover’ which takes you back to the 70’s with its kind of easy listening swing style.
‘Oh Angel’ is another recommendation. With its sitar background it has elements of 60’s pyschedelia similar to The Doors and has very moving lyrics.
‘View From The Top’ is a great country/rock anthem that could be compared to The Rolling Stones. Fans of country will also appreciate the opening track ‘Sitting By Your Cradle’.
Ajay also sings a lovely mellow ballad with ‘Tell Me Why’. His vocals can also be compared to Damon Albarn from Blur.
I also enjoyed ‘All Up To Vanity’ which is swing like in its melody and has amusing lyrics.
Ajay manages to be very versatile spanning across many decades not only with his music, but with the topics he sings about. ‘Surfing Girl’ is an extremely modern song, not about windsurfing, but about a girl who enjoys surfing MySpace, Facebook etc!
9 to 3 is an honest profound and intelligent album drawn from personal experience. I would recommend it to fans of psychedelia, rock and country.
Check out more of Ajay's work here.