The music of Ajay Mathur has already spent a good amount of time hanging out on the airplay charts, but if you’ve missed this Switzerland-based Americana star, I’m here to fill you in.
9 to 3 is a deeply expansive 15-track album that plucks every emotional string. From the humorous “All Up to Vanity” to the delicately magical “Oh Angel”. Ajay Mathur even touches on the political on “My World (SOS to the Universe)” which has been met with popular acclaim for its message, catchy bass line, and innovative layering in of voices. The success of this song speaks to where Mathur shines most bright — on his dark, alternative songs. “Nothing Really Matters” introduces this by using Mathur’s vocal range and Christian Winiker’s guitars to create a near-menacing atmosphere, creating another notable album highlight.
Perhaps where Ajay Mathur strikes his most unique chord is on “I Song” and its thematic follow up (and the album’s closer) “I Mantra”. The use of harp and sitar on both tracks bring an international element to the album — an album already tackling so much. “I Mantra” in particular is an amazing sonic feat. The growth and layers of the song provides a perfect summation of 9 to 3. We are forced to reflect, forced to take pause and listen. When the track ends, there is a true sense of completeness. Listen for yourself.