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Bombay Spleen: Songs based on Tanuja Desai Hidier's novel Bombay Blues

by Tanuja Desai Hidier

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Catherine 03:53
Chor Bazaar 04:31
Sink & Swim 03:47
Heptanesia 04:13
FireFly 03:46
Light Years 03:51


Tanuja Desai Hidier’s second album in her groundbreaking genre of the ‘booktrack’: Twelve tracks of infectious electro-dream-pop ‘wreckage rock’ based on Tanuja's novel BOMBAY BLUES, the sequel to her critically acclaimed literary debut, BORN CONFUSED.

--"Heptanesia" an MTV Indies Buzz Pick & Closing Night selection at DC's South Asia Film Festival.

--“Seek Me In The Strange” selected for the soundtrack of director Liz Hinlein’s award-winning feature film Other People’s Children (starring Diane Marshall-Green and Chad Michael Murray).

--“Deep Blue She” selected for the #VogueEmpower playlist (Vogue India’s social awareness initiative for women). *Also please see
www.ThisIsTanuja.com/DeepBlueShe for info on Tanuja's award-winning music video/PSA for women's /LGBTQ/human rights featuring nearly 100 artist activists.*


“Of books and songs, Bombay and more: An author? A musician? Tanuja Desai Hidier switches between both roles effortlessly! Take a look at her new song ‘Heptanesia’ which is from Bombay Spleen – her album of songs based on her book Bombay Blues.”

—Pepsi-MTV Indies (“Heptanesia” music video premiere on MTV)

“Rhythmically heavy, lyrically sharp, and–though it can be savored independently–an absolute must for Bombay Blues readers, bringing as it does the entire tale’s world to your ears”

—DJ Rekha

“Heartfelt, and filled with great melodies and imagery.”

—Karsh Kale (musician, producer)

“Rock and roll that has the richness of literature… irresistible.”

—Zachary Lazar, author of I Pity the Poor Immigrant and Sway

“A lovely, jazz-infused ode to Bombay… At the end of the song I thought to myself: this has to be one of the nicest, most aesthetically pleasing ways to reel in new readers.”

—The Sunday Guardian (cover story; “Heptanesia” music video from Bombay Spleen)

“A ‘Bombay’ song that could easily double up as a James Bond theme…Desai Hidier’s jazzy-pop tune is a worthwhile addition to the small cluster of non-Bollywood Bombay songs around.”

—Mumbai Boss, culture pick (“Heptanesia” music video from Bombay Spleen)

“The hypnosis cast by words and music is a vortex we might be tempted never to leave.”

—Homegrown (on Bombay Blues/Spleen)

“A laid-back feel, yet shakes your psyche…Push play and cherish the memories of the city.”

—Polka Café playlist pick (“Heptanesia” music video from Bombay Spleen)


released August 26, 2014

Produced by Dave Sharma. Written by Tanuja Desai Hidier /Atom Fellows/Marie Tueje. Featuring Jon Faddis on trumpet, Gaurav Vaz on bass, Neel Murgai on sitar.


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Tanuja Desai Hidier London, UK

Award-winning author, singer-songwriter, and innovator of the “booktrack”. Her groundbreaking first novel, Born Confused-- the first South Asian American YA novel--was named a greatest YA novel of all time by Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and Paste Magazine. Sequel Bombay Blues won the 2015 South Asia Book Award. She is currently working on her next novel/album/video. www.ThisIsTanuja.com ... more

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