Archive for February, 2016

Never Say Goodbye – Shehzad Bhanji

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A banker by profession, Karachi-born, Qatar-based Shehzad Bhanji plays guitar on “Never Say Goodbye”, the title track of his debut album, providing impressive and effective guitar work, and shooting an endless stream of fiery licks that are both technically impressive and soulful. “Never Say Goodbye” – based on “experiences that Shehzad has gone through over the years” –  is a beautifully moody guitar instrumental on which he, as the song suggests, effectively shifts from tender to tense [within seconds], keeping the listener involved through a combination of six-string talent, and a sense of dynamics. Occupying a well-worn instrumental space with a potent fusion of melodic blues power and hard rock may not be an easy space to be in, but that only goes to reiterate Shehzad’s comfort in composition and calibre. “Never Say Goodbye” is smooth and original, and succeeds due to Shehzad’s talent, enthusiasm, and no-frills approach, which should augur well for his debut album.

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Baawari – Meghdhanush

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There may be several artistes that broke grunge and alternative rock into the mainstream, but here is one band, the Ahmedabad-based Meghdhanush – consisting of Karan Patel [guitar/vocals], Jainam Modi [bass/vocals], and Dhaivat Jani [drums/vocals] – who attempt to take what they term “experimental rock” to a wider audience. With this Hindi-sung track, “Baawari”, the band succeeds with an appeal that certainly moves towards the universal although, on first hearing, “Baawari” sounds raw but, on constant listening, the trio’s sound owes its greatest debt to progressive rock with a heavy dose of Indian folk and classical influences incorporated within. Intricately arranged guitar textures, changing melodic progressions, and expansive harmonic vocabulary, completes the band’s overall sound. Though they may rock hard, Meghdhanush’s focus on love “through different perspectives of Society and various interpretations of longing to be…” undoubtedly contains earnest zeal, marking their greatest impact through passionate delivery. The lead voice has a highly distinctive timbre that perfectly fits the song’s warm, rich sound, and that is indeed part of the key in eventually making not only the sounds of “Baawari” accessible, but converting them into an impressively tight, focused form.

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Ek Look Menu De De – Raampal Raana

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Meerut-born, Mumbai-based Raampal Raana has indulged in singing since he was six. The former software designer-turned-businessman readily admits that “he is also learning music” but, on “Ek Look Menu De De”, it hardly sounds like “his first song” as he raps with enthusiasm on this keyboard-laden, danceable track which he has both composed and provided lyrics for. Frankly, “Ek Look Menu De De” is an enigma; for all its repetitiveness, the rigid rhythms that pervade the beats has a nagging vitality that make it difficult to turn off. Moreover, Raampal’s injection of an electronica element supports the ongoing techno beat. Keeping his name and surname in mind, this Punjabi hip-hop ditty certainly deserves a double “AA” rating!

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.