Khoye Hain – Safar

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What a fabulously, insistent, propulsive rhythmic drive and anthemic chorus from Mumbai’s Safar on their composition, “Khoye Hain”, which has all the makings of an enduring fan favourite. With the slow build of its arrangement toward a climatic peak, this appears close to being a perfect song, fading in first with atmospheric synths that provide none or little indication of the song’s inter-changing tempo, turning mellow to allow the introduction of a lead guitar interlude. The uptempo, chiming guitar arpeggio, which sounds like a delay effect (in which musical notes are provided a surrealistic landscape where often they appear to ring out twice), makes the sound more busy. While the bass maintains a steadily driving pulse, the drums keep time throughout the song, and the percussive guitar effects perk up the slack when dropped into a looser, less demanding pattern. This perpetual forward momentum lends greater force to the song’s lyrics. “Khoye Hain” provides a commitment to material that appears unshakable!

– Review by PARAG KAMANI

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