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Indra's "Banyan Tree": A Profound Reflection Beneath the Surface

Updated: Apr 25

Indra "Banyan Tree"The Cage, a music blog powered by Cage Riot | Craig Claro, Editor
Photo Credit: Andrea Zagli

Indra releases "Banyan Tree" and its message is a reflection of the surface... that runs deep.

The story and message of a song like this become an entire audio theater performance play, all condensed within just a few minutes. Extracting thoughts from our intellect, Indra conjures visuals and information that might very well be in front of us, but not initially obvious without the sounds and message within the lyrics. This song's message is intriguing. Using the holy Indian tree as a symbol, and title to this song, we learn that a "Banyan Tree" is being used as an example of what we really see in a reflection. The roots of a tree within this reflection are the opposite of a normal image of that which the roots point down. This makes me envision the possibility of where WE are the reflection of the spiritual world. We are the action of another.

The first time I saw through the viewer of a microscope I realized my body has physical limitations as to what I can see, but my mind is limitless and can learn and expand and widen its scope of consciousness. Just as we open a box, seeing beyond walls is relative to where we are. What we really want to see as far as we usually can see. This song has given me a new perspective as I realize that maybe I am the reflection image and not the subject. Everything casts a reflection but do both have the sensation of control over the destiny of that image?

Indra uses an excellent choice of topic and subject as a unique and stimulating method of making our minds "think through a song" rather than just listen. What about the possibility that because the song was played and recorded, and now the "reflection" is the recording and both create the same sounds, but only one is the original image unless we record it again right? Now, who is the creator? And all this isn't a book or a movie, it's a song by Indra that has elicited these thoughts.

"Indra uses the holy Indian tree, which gives the name to the song, as a symbol of rebirth and “immortality”. “I become a little higher every time I’m reborn." shares Indra.

Using a staccato style of vocalization Indra also sounds as if they are spinning and dancing to ballet while singing this. The sounds of nature are sprinkled without and feel as if we are outside and being tickled by the sounds of birds. The song's volume itself at one point swallows Indra's vocals and it feels as if Indra is slowly being lowered into the ground and the music is a more prominent power. The vocal presentation is emphatic and has beautiful tones. From soft to belted the lyrics are given to us as mini declarations. Then, the sensation is as if Indra is fighting back against this power and rises back stomping to each beat of the more enhanced and loudly played drums where Indra is victorious in relaying the message. This song is creative and unfolds the intriguing message but is also fun (to me it was!) to develop your own interpretation of the meaning of the reflection that literally is bounced off the surface, yet has such deep meaning.

Check out Indra and "Banyan Tree" today on all major platforms.

Indra "Banyan Tree" The Cage, a music blog powered by Cage Riot | Craig Claro, Editor
Photo Credit: Andrea Zagli

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