Rachika Nayar is a Brooklyn-based composer and producer, who crafts her music from processed guitar along with other synthesized and multi-instrumental sounds. She composed her full-length NNA Tapes debut, Our Hands Against the Dusk, over four years by digitally mutating her improvisational guitar loops, and combining the contorted textures with shimmering synths, orchestral strings, and piano. In that fluid but always deeply felt form, her music eschews single genres and binaries, as it wades through influences spanning both experimental (ambient-electronic, neoclassical) and popular vernaculars (Midwest emo, post-rock, and beyond). An EP “fragments” followed on RVNG Intl’s imprint Commend, a companion piece to her debut that offers a glimpse into the types of raw guitar loops that form the foundation of her songwriting process. Her music has been featured in venues and publications including The New York Times, Pitchfork, NPR, New York Magazine, the Berlinale International Film Festival, and The Shed in Hudson Yards.
“…illuminates the forces that shape us and the forces that push us away from our centre. Listening is like remembering what we wanted to forget while driving down the highway into twilight.” – The Wire
“ …magnificent music full of abstract memories and synthesized, manipulated sounds that function as a two-way mirror—a place where both Nayar and her audience can explore themselves and their relationships with one another” – Bandcamp / Album of the day