Monsoon

Three artists use the name Monsoon: 1. The world fusion British desi band Monsoon was a pioneering "indi-pop" band featuring vocalist Sheila Chandra. The band was formed in 1981 and combined melodies and instruments from India with British pop of the 80s. Though several groups had played with Indian influences before, most notably The Beatles, Monsoon was the first British group with Indian classical and pop music as their main influences to reach a general audience. ...show more

Three artists use the name Monsoon: 1. The world fusion British desi band Monsoon was a pioneering "indi-pop" band featuring vocalist Sheila Chandra. The band was formed in 1981 and combined melodies and instruments from India with British pop of the 80s. Though several groups had played with Indian influences before, most notably The Beatles, Monsoon was the first British group with Indian classical and pop music as their main influences to reach a general audience.

Monsoon dissolved though after only one album because they did not like the interference they were getting from their record label. Chandra went on to a successful solo career and Monsoon, though short lived, inspired the Asian Underground movement that started with such artists as Joi, Bally Sagoo and Talvin Singh. 2. The Belgian band Monsoon was founded by Joël Grignard and Delphine Gardin and counts 6 band members by now.

They describe themselves as 'post rock tortured cabaret with cinematic jazz sounds'. They write on their myspace page that David Lynch is an inpiration for them. Reviews of their cd's agree by saying Monsoon would fit perfectly in a bar in the world of David Lynch. Monsoon is what one would get by mixing PJ Harvey with Portishead, not only because of the mysterious, yet attractive singer Delphine Gardin, who is often described as a combination of an angel and a witch. ...show less

Albums & Singles by Monsoon