Bred from a laptop and a practice premised on illegibility, Bengal Chemicals has been unpacking colonial assessments of the ‘weakness’ of the Bengali corpus for a decade. Still, listening to their contentious brand of combative music, one comes away with questions. Such as; is this a snapshot of contemporary West Bengal, as informed by luminaries such as Tetragrammacide, JESSOP&CO., and DJ Khobir, or is it rather a departure in the direction of something more deranged? What prompted his choice to release an album a week this spring? And, most importantly, could a project like this have come from anywhere else but Kolkata?
Photography by Tito