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Chirkutt single - testing new territory

🍫 Bangladeshi folk rock stars Chirkutt venture into new territory in more than one way with their next single.  (c) Songwrights Publishers for Mountain Records The track titled Chocolate is their first release in English. Once again it is written by lead singer Sumi , and it is a melancholy ballad.  The five piece outfit will undertake their first tour of several main US cities in the summer so the release of an English language track will hopefully also be an introduction of their music to the US market. The release will be available on the 26th of May. Music link after release -  Press release from the band here > Bangladesh's beloved band, Chirkutt, is poised to captivate music enthusiasts once again with the release of their latest single on May 26th. The much-anticipated track encapsulates the profound journey of self-discovery and the importance of seizing every moment, reminding us that life is fleeting and meant to be cherished. Entitled "Chocolate" this upc
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🎸 Bangladeshi folk rockers Chirkutt deliver a surprise this time. On the 29th of March they unleash their first "rock metal” release - Laal e Laal .  (c) Songwrights Publishers This track has recently become the closing song of their live shows. Once again sung and written by the band’s leader, Sultana Sumi. It is a departure from their usual more melodic fare. Music Link after release - 

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