Multi-lingual pop-folk outfit from Kochi, When Chai Met Toast who have been winning fans over their latest lockdown releases, ‘Maybe I Can Fly’ and ‘When We Feel Young’, have collaborated with ace singer/songwriter Ankur Tewari to offer their first definitive Hindi release, ‘Kahaani’.
The verses, penned by Tewari, is a heart-achingly beautiful ode to a love that never found fulfillment, yet served a purpose. The band further echoes, “We’ve all had that first love that didn’t work out. Sometimes even when things seem perfect, they do not go the way we plan due to reasons we are unable to handle at that point. We feel the essence of the song is the emotion of acceptance.”
The idea of a Hindi song by the band that consists of non-Hindi speaking natives was conceived through a fan suggestion. Infact, the band does feature a moving closing verse in their earlier release, ‘When We Feel Young’ in Hindi. Unlike that song, 'Kahaani' takes a while to grow on you when you listen to the well-meaning verses intently.
Featuring vocalist Ashwin Gopakumar, Achyuth Jaigopal on guitars, Palee Francis on keys and drummer Sailesh G Pai, When Chai Met Toast have performed in English, Malayalam and Tamil majorly since four years, following their sensational debut, ‘Firefly’ in July 2016.
You can listen to ‘Kahaani’, now streaming on Radio City Freedom.