Fusing influences and cultures in art and music can be exciting and can often result in something fresh and inspiring. Occasionally though, it can fall a little too far from either of the audiences generally attracted to each sound – it’s not necessarily an easy thing to jump in and create. In the case of The Hash, their soft rock sound is enhanced beautifully, in my opinion, by the introduction of the sitar. The role of the instrument is that which is usually filled by a second guitar or piano, of which there are many, many examples from throughout the past twenty years. With Conflicted, the freshness comes through in both the songwriting and this alternative touch of culture that is not commonly found within the rock world.