The Mukherjee Development describe their sound as, “Nordic Sunshine Music,” and this is the perfect self-coined label for their melodic, shimmering folk. Oscar Mukherjee, the band’s vocalist and songwriter, has Danish/Indian parents but spent his formative years in the USA, absorbing Californian folk-rock, before relocating to Copenhagen; the resulting blend of styles is distinctive, engaging and steeped in a a sense of summery nostalgia. It’s just what we need to help us through the dull, drab days of winter. As we hear in the spoken introduction to this song: “There’s something special about the winter sun // It reminds us that spring will come again.” Indeed.
Mukherjee’s tuneful vocal drifts above sonic layers provided by Jakob Holm and Søren Bigum on guitars, Henrik Poulsen on bass and Søren Poulsen on drums. Henrik Poulsen’s bass-line possesses the warmth of summer and, along with Søren’s assured drums, holds together a magically dreamy sound reminiscent of Kurt Vile.
Mukherjee’s first two EPs led to Danish radio airplay, performances at Folk Alliance International in New Orleans and AmericanaFest UK and Danish Music Award nominations. Now, with an excellent group of players around him, he is releasing ‘Burnin’ Time’, The Mukherjee Development’s debut album, in March 2022. ‘Wish I Were the Sun’ is the first single from the new record and is a timeless taste of what we can expect from the full album in spring. Close your eyes and imagine you’re back in the summer-time. Enjoy.