Ajay Mathur

REVIEW: Ajay Mathur “Talking Loud”


Ajay Mathur – Talking Loud

This gets off to a blaring energetic start but it’s what good Americana R&R is about & Grammy-nominated artist Ajay Mathur certainly knows how to dole it out MMA style. This 15-track CD is not just played it’s performed with gusto starting with “Sooner or Later.”

Mathur (electric/acoustic guitars/e-bow guitar/organ/keys/field recordings) has sparkling arrangements & an extremely tight band. They obviously understand the thrust of the genre better than most. The music excites & entertains.


Ajay has the perfectly ambitious voice & reminds me of Steve Swindells (“Fresh Blood” LP) — a rocker who recorded for RCA & later Atlantic Records that had stridency though his was a bit darker lyrically & had aggressive melodies. Ajay has the musical muscle too, but his approach is more commercially acceptable with this ambitious distinguished material.

Ajay Mathur

Even on slower songs like the piano-driven (“Anytime At All”), Ajay maintains the strength & stamina of the genre with no pomposity. Talking Loud (Dropped March 4–Independent) was self-produced & recorded in Switzerland. “Don’t Want The Phone To Ring,” exemplifies soul, the plodding beat & melodic guitars reinforce the seldom chosen musical theme. The underlying hook “I’m a million miles away,” is infectious.


Born into a musical family in India, it’s chilling to listen to someone like Mr. Mathur who has absorbed this music thoroughly like a sponge. As well as the many musicians who perform on this.

Ajay Mathur

It isn’t new that foreigners have been exceptional in this musical area. It isn’t wholly American anymore. The late Greek-singer Demis Roussos, Italian rockers Eugenio Finardi, Francesca Chiara & the late Lucio Battisti have done it. Some even sang in English quite well. Especially the Milan-born Finardi who charted with an all-English blues LP in Texas with a near-Tom Waits tone. Ajay has hit that heavy hammer at the carnival & it went directly to the bell.

I have heard many rock singers to know who has the mojo & who just goes through the motions. Ajay is authentic & has confidence. A fine example splashes from “Stuck on 75,” with its bellowing horns & bright 60s melodic chiming guitars.


Accompanying him on varied diversified songs are Fausto Medici (drums/percussion), Richard Hugener (bass), Christian Winiker (lead/rhythm guitars/lap steel/horn arrangements & bass on “Common Mistake”), Antonia Gasser, Adriana Husy & Patrizia Scarnato (bv), Samuel Blattler (trumpet), Rolf Ambauen (sax), Kalyanjit Das (sitar), Sandip Banarjee (tablas), Toni Nesler (string quartet/orchestra arrangements), Yulian Heroim (strings/string arrangements), Michael Dolmetsch (piano), Steve Birrer (pedal steel), Gregory Schaerer (bass), & Stevie Blacke (string quartet). The final 2 cuts are remixes/alternates of 2 songs earlier on the CD.

Fasten a seat belt in your recliner, pour some legal lubricant & listen to this broad range of well-cooked songs.

B&W photo: Paul Pacitti & color image from Ajay’s website. The 58-minute CD is available @ https://www.ajaymathur.com/home


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