White Town – Car Park Love Songs

Here’s the sound of White Town 34 years ago, when we were still a jangly/twee/noisy guitar band. A Bandcamp exclusive until I can be arsed to stick it on the streaming sites!

Enjoy!

https://whitetown.bandcamp.com/album/car-park-love-songs

May 8, 2024. posted by Jyoti. Music, News.

Philogrammetry

Today, 9/9/2023, my new album is out in the wild:

September 8, 2023. posted by Jyoti. Music.

2023 Acid EP

NEW YEAR, NEW MUSICS!

I’m on Twitch and last week I did a live acid improv stream. Now, here’s the EP of that night!

So, if you’re a fan of acid house or just like minimal, extremely repetitive, annoying electronic music, check it out! ?

January 17, 2023. posted by Jyoti. Music.

Todd In The Shadows – One Hit Wonderland

I am soooo flattered by Todd’s featuring of Your Woman in his One Hit Wonderland series!

Thank you!

December 22, 2022. posted by Jyoti. Videos.

Women In Technology Makes Pitchfork’s Best Indie Pop Albums Of The ’90s List

Very chuffed to be on this list:

https://pitchfork.com/features/lists-and-guides/the-best-indie-pop-albums-of-the-90s/

White Town: Women in Technology (1997)
A computer-OK homebrew of 1980s synth-pop, 1930s big-band jazz, and 1990s sexual ambiguity, White Town’s “Your Woman” stands as one of the unlikeliest global hits of all time. Originally issued via tiny Illinois label Parasol, the breakout single by Indian-born British “philosopher, semi-pro songwriter, and career pervert” Jyoti Mishra vaulted its creator from the artsy margins to the pop mainstream. If Derby, England-based Mishra had previously gone in for jangling guitars, his major-label debut album mirrored post-punk precursors Scritti Politti’s New Pop metamorphosis, yielding worldly electro-soul that felt more Janet Jackson than Calvin Johnson. With its smash hit more recently championed by Vampire Weekend and sampled by Dua Lipa, Women in Technology remains a testament to how fiercely principled do-it-yourself pop—equal parts ambitious and eccentric by design—can transcend the indie scene. –Marc Hogan

Here’s what they said:

White Town: Women in Technology (1997)

A computer-OK homebrew of 1980s synth-pop, 1930s big-band jazz, and 1990s sexual ambiguity, White Town’s “Your Woman” stands as one of the unlikeliest global hits of all time. Originally issued via tiny Illinois label Parasol, the breakout single by Indian-born British “philosopher, semi-pro songwriter, and career pervert” Jyoti Mishra vaulted its creator from the artsy margins to the pop mainstream. If Derby, England-based Mishra had previously gone in for jangling guitars, his major-label debut album mirrored post-punk precursors Scritti Politti’s New Pop metamorphosis, yielding worldly electro-soul that felt more Janet Jackson than Calvin Johnson. With its smash hit more recently championed by Vampire Weekend and sampled by Dua Lipa, Women in Technology remains a testament to how fiercely principled do-it-yourself pop—equal parts ambitious and eccentric by design—can transcend the indie scene. –Marc Hogan

November 4, 2022. posted by Jyoti. News.

I Support This Advert

because it’s for MEeeeee

February 25, 2022. posted by Jyoti. News.

Women In Technology 25th Anniversary Expanded Edition

Whoop whoop! It’s here:

https://white-town.lnk.to/WomenInTechnologyFA

The link goes to all the streamers it’s on, give it a clicky!

February 25, 2022. posted by Jyoti. News.

Pitchfork Review Of Women In Technology

Maybe Women in Technology holds up best as a testimony to Duchamp’s notion that the ordinary can be elevated into art. Because of Mishra, the “White Christmas” guy collaborated across centuries with grime trailblazer Wiley, and Prohibition-era trumpet rings out on last year’s pandemic album by UK pop star Dua Lipa, herself a daughter of immigrants. Who knows what’s next? “I feel like I’m the luckiest person alive,” Mishra said in March 2020. He must’ve suspected as much when writing Women in Technology’s future-nostalgic finale, “Once I Flew,” which samples astronauts. “Though it’s easy to forget,” Mishra sings of a past brush with the infinite, “I don’t seem to have managed yet/And I don’t think I ever will.” Imperfect sound can last forever too.

Marc Hogan, Pitchfork

Here’s a very lovely review of Women In Technology by Marc Hogan, part of Pitchfork’s retro series where they review albums they initially missed out on.

It was strange reading this and thinking back to WIT and how I wrote and recorded those songs. Some of them were finished long before ’97, when the album actually came out and some where recorded in a sprint around Crimbo ’96. They all have memories of my old house, old recording room and where my head was back then, recording on a Tascam 688 and monitoring through my beloved Mordaunt Short MS30 monitors.

Each of the songs on WIT is about someone and sometimes that person is me, sometimes an ex-lover, sometimes it’s both in one. All those memories came tumbling back and they’re often unwelcome guests. I’m nearly three decades older now and, like all middle-aged people, my quotidian reality is predicated on shoring up Hoover-dam-sized memory blocks of happier times. It’s really the only way you cope with love and loss in the long term, you employ an internalised mental gymnastics where, as soon as you feel yourself slipping into memories of happier times, you distract yourself immediately.

There are so many happy memories around this album coming out and Your Woman going to number one that are bittersweet now. Honestly, I thought, at thirty, that I was grown up, that I was an adult and had experienced the whole gamut of adult emotions. Ha!

My daily life now is one of immense loneliness. It’s a weight that never stops, it’s a pillow being pressed on my face even in happy moments with friends. I often wake up at three or four a.m. crying and I have to find a way to distract myself long enough to fall back asleep again. It can be exhausting.

Women In Technology and every other piece of music I have made or will make is me as a tiny brown kid going to school in a white town in the 1970s and wondering why everyone, teachers and kids, hate me so much. I understand that because there is no greater autopsychotherapy than being a songwriter. But, sadly, writing songs and understanding things hasn’t equated to a magical catharsis for me. It’s more like quiet ‘aha’ moments where an experience or moment clicks into focus but the whole image remains frustratingly fuzzy. That’s why I keep writing songs.

So, when I look at WIT as an album, as a slice of my life and thoughts there are many things that frustrate me, that I listen to and wince a teeny bit. But I wouldn’t change a second of the album if I could. It’s me, then and I was trying my hardest to reach out, to try to connect and see if anyone else out there was as fucked as I was. It’s an album of questions that I still don’t have the answers to.

November 11, 2021. posted by Jyoti. News.

Fairchild Semiconductor On Bandcamp!

And it’s part of my complete discography on there! 🙂

May 26, 2021. posted by Jyoti. News.

Fairchild Semiconductor On Spotify

My new album is now live on Spotify, Apple Music and hopefully every other music thingy going.

ENJOY!

May 26, 2021. posted by Jyoti. Music, News.

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