Brooklyn-based musician Rachika Nayar released her debut full-length, Our Hands Against the Dusk, in 2021 on NNA Tapes. She composed the album over four years by electronically mutating her textured guitar loops, and combining the resulting sounds with shimmering synthesizer crescendos, orchestral strings, and piano. Through that process, her music fuses a range of genres — ambient-electronic, neoclassical, even Midwestern emo and beyond. It’s a fluid but always deeply felt style that reflects a queer life woven between ever-evolving identities, discourses, and communities.
Performing live, she presents her music in an A/V setup of lights and projections. Shifting constellations of moments and visions emerge in these immersive collages of found and personal videos.
Her music has been featured in venues and publications including The New York Times, Pitchfork, Time Out NY, The Wire, NYC’s The Shed, the Berlinale International Film Festival, and MoMA PS1.