Vikesh Kapoor | Bottom Of The Ladder

by LJ Kessels

”Bottom Of The Ladder’ is inspired by the frustration of being stuck in limbo – climbing some ladder, sticking to some societal framework, and doing so seemingly forever and without progress. A Sisyphusian struggle. Discouraged with making ends meet for his family, the speaker dreams of jumping off that ladder and abandoning the life he’s been expected to live.” – Vikesh Kapoor

Bright Eyes, The Tallest Man on Earth, Bonny “Prince” Billy, Leonard Cohen and Jesse Woods just to name a few other men who are in the habit of singing a howling song of woe. Vikesh Kapoor rightly deserves to be among them. The guitar riffs pray an almost Spanish gypsy motif, which is refreshing to this type of song. One of longing, one of futility, Vikesh said himself in the quote above it is ‘a Sisyphusian struggle‘ of sorts.

Bottom of the Ladder’ is the first track on Vikesh’s debut album The Ballad Of Willy Robbins which will be released in Europe on April 14th. Throughout his music echoes a spur-of-the-moment cross-country trip he took with a pair of fiery European girls, abandoning school, and exploring the vast American road. A classic ‘On the Road’ experience brought to music, against the background of social injustice and the immigrant narrative. The Ballad Of Willy Robbins is a concept album loosely based on a newspaper article, chronicling the brutal but hopeful story of a working class man who slowly loses everything: ambitions, health, family and shelter. It’s a worker’s tale, less specific to the blue-collar life as it is about anyone struggling to make something of themselves.

‘The Ballad Of Willy Robbins‘ is released on April 14th, via Loose Records. Pre-order here.

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