Home » Music » Song of the Day


Monster by Sandy Asirvatham

From the album

Album Title: Innocent Monster
Label: JazzGrrl Music
Released: 2021


Sign in to view listen count

About the Album

SANDHYA A MULTI-DISCIPLINE CREATIVE FORCE in Baltimore–Washington since the late '90s, Sandy Asirvatham, now known as Sandhya (SAHN-dia), is poised to break nationally with her newest project, INNOCENT MONSTER. This art rock album contains ten original songs featuring vivid lyrics over deep-pocket grooves, all tied together by Sandhya’s charismatic voice and bold choices at the piano. It embodies a throwback, '70s-'80s-'90s FM radio sensibility that perfectly suits what Rolling Stone calls our new “post-genre” era. Fierce but philosophical, cynical but play- ful, these songs mirror the original Sanskrit meaning of Sandhya: the murky junction of Darkness and Light. Sandhya’s earliest successes came as an award-winning columnist for Baltimore CityPaper, later as an Emmy-winning PSA producer/writer. She got serious about music when trying to escape personal crises through obsessive piano practice. (It worked.) Her first album, MEMOIR (2007), contained jazz-pop originals and a few standards. She was the visionary behind MOBTOWN MOON (2013), a massive Pink Floyd homage for which she gathered 40+ collaborators from the mid-Atlantic’s vibrant, varied music scenes. In 2018 she began working with producer Pete Strobl, best known for stints as Gary Puckett’s musical director and bass/voice mentor to Wolfgang van Halen, Eddie’s son. The team completed all band tracks for INNOCENT MONSTER by early 2020. When global pandemic stalled the proj- ect, Sandhya taught herself how to cut pro-level vocal tracks at home, and ended up with an even better final product than expected.

Song Listing

Monster; Mark Me; Better; Ode To Nick Drake; Last Two Standing; Lost Child; The Neighbors; Innocent; Petting Zoo; All Purpose Lament; Last Two Standing,


Sandy Asirvatham
voice / vocals
Scott Smith
Andre Mayeux
organ, Hammond B3

Additional Personnel

Sandy Asirvatham: piano.

Date featured

May 14, 2021

This song appears by permission of the contributing artist and/or record company.
It is for personal use only; no other rights are granted or implied.


Shop Amazon

Song of the Day

Golden Proportion
Mary Halvorson
Impending Discomfort
Gordon Grdina
Promise of Return
Lena Bloch
Turn Over
Giuseppe Millaci


Un Poco Loco
Dave Bass
Tiny Circles
Scott Kinsey, Mer Sal
House On a Hill
Terje Gewelt
The Reset
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
Fever Dream
FivePlay Jazz Quintet
Game Changer
John Moulder
Michael Hudson-Casanova

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.