Archive for November, 2015

Mann Bawra – Rimi Basu Sinha

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Four tracks make up Rimi Basu Sinha’s current album, named ‘Mann Bawra’, which blends the very obvious Indian classical sounds – thanks to the singer’s training in vocals that began at six, and subsequent music academics in Allahabad – with western instrumentation [guitar, keyboards, and drums] that truly results in world music. All credit for it goes to Rimi, who has composed the tracks with Kislay Jha assisting on the lyrics. Synthesizing Indian classical, folk, and devotional sounds with electric instrumentation, Rimi demystifies the amalgamation of Indian and Western sounds through her mature songwriting skills and adept arrangements on most selections, although “Shyam Rang” sounds disjointed with a mismatch between the vocals and percussion [instruments]. However, that is the only aberration on ‘Mann Bawra’, as the other tracks are well fleshed-out – especially the more quiet, keyboard-laden ballad, “Thujse Lage”. Nevertheless, the common thread remains Rimi, who deserves immense credit for a unique stylised singing that is stunning, her commendable compositional talent, and the stellar sound that Rimi manages to promote on ‘Mann Bawra’.

 

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/RimiBasuSinha

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Clown – White Mug

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Formed in 2011 in Bengaluru, White Mug – consisting of Mathew CM [acoustic guitar, vocals, harmonica], Louis CM [lead guitar], Sachin Ramesh [bass], and Vivian Christopher [drums] – has recently launched ‘Clown’, the quartet’s second album. With reminisces of the weird, quirky world of new wave and post-punk of the late ’70s, this effort is a skewed amalgamation of pop, surf, avant-garde, amateurish punk, white funk – and once you listen to it – please feel free to add your very own description[s] here. The nine tracks showcase wide-ranging selections, with the better ones being the catchy, largely acoustic and guitar-based ‘Brain Chewer’, the blues feel of the title song that features the mouth harp [“harmonica”] speeding-up the song with its entry, the softer “Little Thing” and “Wasted”, the riff-filled “Sunshine”, and the drum-dominating “Sorry I Fell In Love With You”. In all this, the background arrangements feature harmonies supporting dead-camp vocalising over songs that the band describes as “alternative rock ‘n’ roll”. While the production has intentionally been left loose on ‘Clown’, the sound on the album takes time to appreciate but, once you do, you realise that White Mug is just having an extended party and they want you to join in!

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/WhiteMug

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Music UnLtd.

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Formed in Mumbai by Milin [also known as Milind Chitnavis], the eight selections on this debut from the band consist of songs sung in English and in Hindi, with a few minus one tracks common among them. That, of course, is not a bad thing at all as it caters to audiences who prefer listening to songs in a particular language. However, the content is strong – with all the songs composed and written by Milin [who also plays guitar and sings], with Hindi lyrics being shared by Tushar Bhatia, Ibrahim Ashq, and Farooque Rehman. Notable of the dual language songs are the keyboard-opened ballad “Armaanon Ka Sapna”/ “Dreams”, and ”Sparkling In The Night” that is a likable guitar-based track overlaid by keyboards. Other tracks that ring in the feel of retro, yet managing to steer away from that bygone era by sounding fresh is the lovely, mellow “Just Slips Away” featuring female vocals that engulf the listener with a gorgeous feeling of awe and wonderment. Music UnLtd’s influences may be manifold, but the one that comes out clear to me is progressive rock. Nevertheless, nearly all the tracks seem to have been nurtured to glory over the years as labours of love, but what is simply awesome on this collection from Music UnLtd is their ability to captivate the listener. Take a bow, Milin!

 

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/MusicUnLtd.

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.