ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Seventh Season Of Sinha

Updated on November 17, 2014
Devin Sinha
Devin Sinha

Devin Sinha Arrives

From the folksy, pop tinged flip chords of the opening song Ripcord to the evocatively Americana narrative song Home, which closes out the sophomore excursion of singer/songwriter Devin Sinha, the listener is taken on a musical journey. The Seventh Season differs from Sinha’s first album, The Albatross, both in concept and execution. The Albatross was painted with more broad strokes insofar as its impressions of war, love and literary allusions and it was also a singular effort, with Sinha taking a solo role as singer, songwriter and guitarist. With The Seventh Season, Sinha has opened up his vistas by broadening his palette of musical coloring, utilizing well placed percussions and filling out the canvases of his songs with backing vocals and complementary instruments throughout. Even his vocals have matured, running from expressively expansive to quietly reserved and, on some tracks, such as Winter Child, like the soulful sound of ripping silk, hinting at the range that this young man possesses.

The album’s title, The Seventh Season, refers to the seventh season that he has lived in the state of Washington after leaving the Kansas City region following the completion of college, which garnered him a degree in Computer Science. Even though he played music while he was in college, it wasn’t until he arrived in Seattle that he began turning to his music in earnest, writing and producing his first album. His move from Kansas City to Seattle, which began merely as a pursuit of a steady “day job,” ended up becoming a synchronous event, turning the mundane pursuit of mere employment into the pursuit of a passion.

On Devin Sinha’s website, it states that he has drawn influence from the likes of the Dave Matthews Band, The Decemberists, The Mountain Goats, and Josh Ritter, but from the rapid maturity of his songwriting and structure, he is quickly forging his own musical path and it is a path that others will soon count as their own influence. Intrigued by his writing and his stylized song arrangements, I wanted to interview this upcoming musician, so his publicist, Kaytea Mcintosh (xopublicity) arranged it for me.

J.T. Ryder: A lot of your songs on The Seventh Season have, either lyrically or through the texture of the music, a feeling of expansive wandering. Do you feel that this comes from being raised in the Midwest?

Devin Sinha: This is a difficult question to give a succinct answer to! Of course, I am positive that my upbringing in the Heartland has influenced every aspect of how I approach life, and certainly my songwriting, but I hesitate to say that the feeling of wandering comes solely from that. I’ve made it a point to travel as much as possible in my life (I actually mailed my passport in for renewal yesterday!) and I think that love of exploring new places and cultures affects my writing as well. For The Seventh Season, much of the wandering feeling came from living in a new place on my own, where for a long time every day I was experiencing something new or meeting new people, which can be fascinating and stressful at the same time.

Devin Sinha
Devin Sinha


J.T. Ryder: Your first album, The Albatross, had songs that seemed far more personal and introspective. Especially when performing them, do you feel a sense of vulnerability?

Devin Sinha: I think both albums feature some songs that bring a lot of myself into them, even if I wouldn’t call every word autobiographical. The nature of The Albatross being a more solo acoustic record probably does bring the listener along with me more closely than the fuller arrangements in The Seventh Season, but when it comes to performing them, I definitely find times where I feel vulnerable performing songs off either record. I’m most vulnerable when I try to not think of it as playing the same song I’ve performed a hundred times, but really try to clear my thoughts and get myself in the headspace of the narrator of the song and feel what that person is feeling, which always leads to a more vulnerable performance on more personal songs. Vulnerability is great though! I always want to be as genuine as possible in my writing, and feeling connected to a song means I’m on the right track.

J.T. Ryder: Since your most recent album represents you seventh season in Washington, do you think that you would have been able to come this far if you were still in Kansas City?

Devin Sinha: I hope so! I love Kansas City, and it has a fairly vibrant music scene if you factor in Lawrence, Kansas as well (where the University of Kansas is). However, what really pushed me into performing and recording The Albatross was living on my own in a place that was unfamiliar. I think if I had been around friends and family in Kansas, I might never have taken that first leap. My first two years in the Pacific Northwest have really helped me grow as an artist and performer.

Devin Sinha
Devin Sinha


J.T. Ryder: With the addition of percussion and backing vocals, are there other directions that you want to explore in the future?

Devin Sinha: Before I ever picked up a guitar, I’d played trumpet for seven years throughout school. That’s something I’d like to get back into and incorporate into my music. For the next album, I’m spending more time thinking about arrangements, and debating whether to go with larger, more indie-rock inspired arrangements, or more pared down folk/country/Americana arrangements like the first album. In one camp, I’m influenced lately by bands like Typhoon, Lord Huron, and Sufjan Stevens which have some great larger arrangements. On the other side, there are artists like Keaton Henson, John Darnielle, Ben Howard, etc. that have done some great things focusing just on the lyrics and base melody to bring the listener with them. To take another artist I admire, I’m thinking “Do I make an album more like Iron & Wine’s Our Endless Numbered Days, or the more recent Ghost on Ghost?” I don’t have the answer yet, but I’ll be exploring it when I begin the next project.

J.T. Ryder: Your lyrics are extremely rich and rhythmic in of themselves. In your writing process, which comes first: the lyrics or the music?

Devin Sinha: It completely, 100% depends on the song. Often, I’ll start with the verses and let the poetry side work itself out, not thinking too much of where the music will go. Songs like Ripcord were done with the hook and melody in mind first, and the lyrics were built around that. The Sigh Of The Sea had the main guitar part written months before I ever wrote lyrics, so it varies wildly. I wrote The Wolves in a spark of inspiration at 2:00 in the morning one night and that poured out of me in about five minutes. Still, I have songs on my hard drive or notebook that I’ve been working on for years on and off that just haven’t materialized yet.

J.T. Ryder: Are there songs that started out in one direction but, through the process of songwriting, took a completely unexpected direction?

Devin Sinha: That definitely happens a lot! Sometimes, when I write the first verse, I think I have a grasp on what I’m trying to say, and then I’ll come up with a lyric that fits well but changes the tone of a song in a way that cascades to the rest of the lyrics and changes the direction. More often, the words might be locked, but the melody that I began writing in my head changes when I actually pick up the guitar and find something more interesting to me.

Devin Sinha's album, The Seventh Season, will be released on November 18th, 2014. Make sure to get your free download of his song, Lone Elm Road, and to watch his new music video of the same song linked below.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)