AISH SHARES COVER OF JONI MITCHELL’S “CALIFORNIA” VIA SF WEEKLY
NEW ALBUM MOTHER OUT SPRING 2017
Aish and Beau Sorenson recording the track at Tiny Telephone
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WATCH & SHARE: Aish – “California” (Joni Mitchell Cover)
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“Amusing though the video may be, it’s the song’s symbolism and biographical undertones that make Aish’s cover the most interesting. Like Mitchell, who was from Canada, Aish is an immigrant to California. But though he hails from India, California has long been a place he calls home.” – SF WEEKLY
Aish‘s new single and video for his cover of Joni Mitchell’s classic, “California” premiered today on SF Weekly. The stand-alone single comes in the wake of Aish’s debut video for “Promise Me,” from this forthcoming album, Mother, due out in Spring 2017. Head over to The Creator’s Project to check that out and see why Vice describes it a “complex emotional cocktail.”
SF Weekly calls the new video of “California,” “a trippy, sepia-toned music video replete with kaleidoscopic imagery of Aish’s various body parts,” and says the music is “Filled with violin, viola, and cello from the members of Magik*Magik Orchestra, and overlaid with Aish’s whimsical falsetto.”
Aish covered Joni Mitchell’s “California” because the message of the song rang true to his personal story, especially in light California’s stance in the current political conversation on immigration. The images of swirling body parts represents how parts of our complex identities can create many different narratives of who we are, for the people around us.
Joni Mitchell, an immigrant like Aish, found home in California. “California” speaks to the hope we all seek when our personal freedoms, equality and identity are impinged. The song ends with “will you take me as I am?”, just in the way California accepted Aish for exactly who he is. The song was produced by acclaimed producer, Beau Sorenson, who previously worked alongside Bob Mould, Death Cab For Cutie and Superchunk.
Covering “California” thematically fit the larger theme of Aish’s forthcoming album, Mother. The new album explores the intricate relationship between mother and child, migration and finding one’s home. Aish will announce live performance dates for Mother in March 2017, starting with April 21st at Tiny Telephone, San Francisco, CA.
Pop artists have traditionally been caged to fit preset molds and present inauthentic personas. Art Pop artist, Aish, shatters these boundaries by bringing a novel, queer, multiethnic perspective to the modern scene. Aish creates grand, yet intrinsically layered musical landscapes and collaborates with internet and performance artists to visually represent them.
Aish is the son of a physicist father and an artist mother. Aish became estranged from his family, when he came out as gay, which drove him to move to the United States as refuge for his true self and pursue his art. Aish studied music, with a focus on voice, songwriting and music composition at the London Music School, Berklee College of Music and City College of San Francisco. Aish now calls San Francisco home, where he makes music inspired by the magnificence of the California Pacific coast.
Aish’s forthcoming album Mother, which explores the intricate relationship between mother and child, migration and finding one’s home. Mother draws cinematic pop landscapes with voice, strings, harp, electronics and found organic sounds. The album was produced by acclaimed producer, Beau Sorenson, who previously worked alongside Bob Mould, Death Cab For Cutie and Superchunk. He collaborates with the creative team at Rabbit Hole UK, who have worked with Warner Music and Universal. Stay tuned for more music and videos from Aish, and make sure to follow his social media pages (@AishMusic) for updates.