Farhan is the biggest artist you’ve likely never heard of, but that’s all about to change. The singer/songwriter originally hails from India, where he’s a highly influential figure famous for both artistry and activism. He’s known for his work as a Bollywood star, where he’s acted, directed, written, and produced. But now, he’s poised to reach a wider audience as a musician with his upcoming debut album Echoes.
Echoes has been a long-gestating project for Farhan. Although he may already be known as a musician/singer, he’s never written and recorded a full album before. The debut LP is a personal reflection of his own life, but it also carries wide-ranging influences from Indian music to the western greats like The Beatles and Pink Floyd. It was produced by Grammy-winning producer Tommaso Colliva (Franz Ferdinand, Jesus and Mary Chain, Muse). It’s set to be released March 1.
Ahead of the album release, Farhan has shared new single “Seagull,” which’ll give you a hint about what we might expect from Echoes. The lush-sounding track features a warm, moving guitar melody that crests with a shimmering chorus filled with strings and piano arrangements. The entire thing is pristinely put together with a great sounding blend of catharsis and genuine emotion.
Speaking about “Seagull,” Farhan states:
“It was dealing with having been in love with someone, and her having to move away from Mumbai to where she came from. I knew that for practical reasons that relationship was over. It’s about remembering the good times, letting go of that person, and not hanging on to the negatives.”
Stream “Seagull” right here.
While Farhan may not be a household name in the states just yet, his importance to many people can not be overstated enough. Aside from being a massive Bollywood star, the artist has also had an impact in the gender equality movement. He founded an organization called Men Against Rape and Discrimination (MARD, which doubles as the word for “man” in Hindi). In that organization, he reaches out to boys and younger men to speak about their concept of masculinity. In addition that important work, Farhan also acts as the South Asia goodwill ambassador for UN WOMEN (The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women). Although all of that work is undoubtedly a massive thing to take on, Farhan is still keen to remain in the public eye. In fact, he’s attempting to reach an even more amount of people through his music. And like much of his work, he’s ready to succeed.
You can find more info on MARD here.