APRIL 22, 2022: LA-based composer/producer Shruti Kumar releases third single: 3AM

3AM” is the newest single from her
upcoming new album: Nodding Terms
Featuring the London Contemporary Orchestra conducted by Hugh Brunt

photo credit: Anna Azarov

As a preview to her forthcoming album project that challenges the conventions of the definition of classical music, Nodding Terms, the Los Angeles-based composer and producer Shruti Kumar announces the release of the record’s third single on April 22, 2022. Titled “3AM”, the single is poised for major streaming platforms worldwide, including Apple Music/iTunes and Spotify. The full album boasts a top-tier, all-women technical team, self-produced by Kumar, engineered by Fiona Cruikshank (Dot Allison, Marc Shaiman, Jacob Collier), mixed by Eva Reistad (Hans Zimmer, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus), and mastered by Heba Kadry (Björk, Big Thief, Animal Collective, Beach House, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Garbage, Japanese Breakfast).

The album’s first two singles already released are: “SALT” (feat. London Contemporary Orchestra) and “LAST CALL” (feat. Shungudzo) and are available now, streaming on all digital platforms. The next two tracks from the album “3AM” (feat. London Contemporary Orchestra) and “WHAT’S AT PLAY” (feat. Def Sound) will be released on April 22 and May 6 respectively. The full album will contain 10 tracks and is projected for a July release.

The album Nodding Terms is sewn together featuring the London Contemporary Orchestra and multiple featured artists — all the orchestral/electronic tracks have a counterpart rework featuring an artist, actively mixing and almost employing traveling through genre as a narrative tool. The title “Nodding Terms” itself is from a quote from the late Joan Didion: 

“ …I think we are well-advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not. Otherwise, they turn up unannounced and surprise us, come hammering on the mind’s door at 4 a.m. of a bad night and demand to know who deserted them, who betrayed them, who is going to make amends. We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget. We forget the loves and the betrayals alike, forget what we whispered and what we screamed, forget who we were.”

Says Kumar: “[Didion’s quote] embodies my relationship to all my musical selves as someone who started off very classical and departed to pop, hip hop, electronic, scoring, and have somehow found myself back in the concert world but with all of these added sensibilities I used to hide for so long while trying to fit into each genre I ‘tried on’.”

The London Contemporary Orchestra is the thread throughout the record, and each bigger orchestral/electronic track has a partner rework that features an artist — all featured artists across multiple genres Kumar worked in throughout her career. In addition to Shungudzo and Def Sound, Kumar presents tracks with Seema Hari, Lara Somogyi, Michelle Ross, Hainbach, Nadia Sirota, and others. Remixes are also in the pipeline from Bad Snacks, Kate Simko, Kim Anh, and Sandunes. 

For more about the artist, please visit shrutikumar.com