Modernity is the mode on the bass-driven standout "Heliosphere," an energetic number that feels fresh and frenzied at once. "Eesha's Song" carries a wistful tenor as it delves into emotional heartbreak. The lovely "Thoughts of You" features a jazzy Samidha Joglekar on vocals, the electro-bop of "Riffing on 9" revels in its playfulness and "Rain After the Fire" reflects on the emotional aftermath of destruction, while the earnest take on Rush's "YYZ" comes off curious and inspired, if ultimately inessential.
Across its nine tracks, Small Pieces is a satisfying endeavour, maintaining tabla and sitar-charged traditions as its heart with a soul firmly affixed to a future groove. (Independent)