Soon after wrapping up his commitments towards Lucknow Central in 2017, Farhan Akhtar used the security that almost 20 years of a successful Bollywood run afforded him, to steal time for a "passion project". "The moment I put aside my film commitments, my plan was to [bring my music] together in the form of an album," he says, moments after winding up a fairytale-like listening session of Echoes. The toil that he has put into his work notwithstanding, Akhtar may easily come across as among the most fortunate. After all, in a world where few manage to make time for matters that appease the heart, he had the chance to pull the breaks on one artistic career to dabble in another.
Recorded and shot in Milan, Echoes' videos are bathed in pastel hues of green and blue. It's an apt selection for an album that banks on melancholy as Akhtar retraces memories that have had a lasting impact on him. "The album is an [assorted] collection of thoughts, ideas and writing of many years. Yet, collectively, it [reiterates the point of] dealing with love and loss, and cherishing what you once had, and then moving on. I met Tommaso [Colliva, producer] at a music festival, and, [while discussing my album] realised that he [was well-informed]. He wasn't interested in the instruments I wanted to use, or other [technical aspects]. He just wanted to know why each song was written, and what I was doing at that point in my life."