Delhi 2 Dublin

Nurtured by equal parts raucous underground bass parties and all ages folk festivals, ​Delhi 2 Dublin​’s always distinctive sound has evolved over the past decade into its own decisive genre, freshly styled, “Subcontinental Pop”— a name that conveys both its deep South Asian roots and its expansive, crazy-fun appeal.

The beautifully supercharged complexity of their sound flows from high-level folk, alternative-pop, with contemporary training, blended and delivered across an array of acoustic instruments — dhol, tabla, violin, guitar — and electronic beats, immersed in smart, heavy, sometimes gritty, and almost invariably joyful beats.

With tracks like “My People,” “Home (Everywhere I Go)” and the title track, “We Got This,” Delhi 2 Dublin​ is speaking directly to their experiences as “brown people” in society and how that may translate to people of all of colors and backgrounds. The songs have an accessibility that you might compare to the endlessly transcendent songwriting of Bob Marley in which he would speak to his own culture in the most personal way, yet have such depth and meaning to people of all cultures, backgrounds and ages.

That’s where they laid their aim and hope to share the experience without it feeling separated from any other human experience. And, of course, the songs are just fun to listen to, filled with sing-a-long choruses, easy melodies and sharp production throughout. For their first time as a band, the members of Delhi 2 Dublin feel as though they’ve been able to pull together everything they’ve been through and everything they’ve experienced and put it into a collection of songs that they hope will reach everyone, while also leaving people thinking, as they’re dancing and singing along.