Archive for August, 2017

Intezaar by Piyush Gupta Featuring Chinmayi Sripada

Intezaar

Hailing from Pilibhit, formerly known as Hafizabad, a city in U.P., Piyush Gupta is a music director who usually composes music, writes lyrics, and also produces his songs. I have been following his career through a trilogy of songs which commenced with “Jaanu Na Main” [about “Falling In Love”], followed by “Jane Kab Phir” [about “Missing In Love”] and “Bahon Ke Darmiyaan [which celebrates “Kissing In Love”], all of which have been impressive so, it was with much anticipation that I heard his latest effort, “Intezaar”.

Piyush does not disappoint.  The amalgamation of a contemporary theme in “waiting” and a simplistic production containing acoustic guitar, flute, and mild keyboards is precisely what makes the song distinctive. The song continues to sound fresh because of Piyush’s writing, and singer Chinmayi Sripada’s strong singing, both of whose talents combined makes “Intezaar” sound intimate and immediate.

Piyush Gupta has become an expert of sorts for producing/arranging uncluttered pop that requires no deep thinking for enjoyment and, even though his songs/renditions may be considered light, nothing changes the fact that the tracks that emanate from his roster remain pleasing to the ears. It is with much “Intezaar” that I look forward to Piyush’s next song!

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Stream & Download ‘Intezaar’ exclusively on Artist Aloud – Talent First App.

Also Available on:
Hungama Music: http://bit.ly/2uxDQxl
iTunes India: http://apple.co/2fApoxN

Also Available on iTunes International, Wynk Music, Reliance Jio Music, Idea Music Lounge.

24 Hours Irresponsible by Shibani Kashyap & Quino featuring Stylebhai

24 Hours Irresponsible

Born in New Delhi, singer Shibani Kashyap is a graduate in English Literature, largely composing music in the Sufi-western blend with songs like “Sajna Aa Bhi Jaa”, “Ho Gayi hai Mohabbat”, and “Zinda”. However, on “24 Hours Irresponsible”, Shibani takes a tangent, and how.

Taking on pop-inflected reggae – courtesy composers Bruce Carlin and Rajesh Roy – Shibani does as much to the song to move it away from mainstream reggae and right into international appeal due to the support of fellow vocalist, Joaquin McWhinney, the frontman of Big Mountain, a band that had its genesis in the U.S. and scored a ‘Top 10’ in 1994 with a rendition of guitarist Peter Frampton’s “Baby, I Love Your Way”. Singer Joaquin is more popularly known as “Quino”, who is of Mexican/Irish heritage, where several of his family members were musicians that performed mariachi, a genre that is atypical of Western Mexico. Quino’s interest in reggae occurred after viewing a documentary about Bob Marley.

Nevertheless, returning to “24 Hours Irresponsible”, both singers Shibani and Quino have retained their attention-grabbing, radio-friendly voices, delivering it with that big blast of light musical sunshine that extends from reggae to raga, covering the languages of English and Hindi.

For those interested in trivia, Shibani was one of the 29 independent and mainstream artists who were part of Hungama Digital Media Entertainment’s then new independent music venture in 2010, ArtistAloud.com which, according to Shibani, “is a great site as it gives artists their individual space and a platform.”

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Stream & Download ‘24 Hours Irresponsible’ exclusively on Artist Aloud – Talent First App.

Also Available on:
Hungama Music: http://bit.ly/2wRYzZl
iTunes India: http://apple.co/2vwLANo

Also Available on iTunes International, Wynk Music, Reliance Jio Music, Idea Music Lounge.

Kabootar by Euphoria

Kabootar

New Delhi-based Euphoria was formed in 1988 by then medical student Dr. Palash Sen with his like-minded, musically-inclined friends. Shifting through several lineups since, success remained elusive until 10 years later when their debut studio album, titled ‘Dhoom’, released in the October 1998, contained the massive hit, “Dhoom Pichuk Dhoom”, thanks to its popular music video.

It is almost 30 years now since the band’s inception and Euphoria still survive. Much credit for that is because they are not caught in any time warp, but have reinvented themselves with changing times, moving away from the pure pop of the past by presenting progressive punk rock for the future as can now be witnessed with “Kabootar” which is, says the media release, “Euphoria’s tribute to millions who suffer from syndromes of the mind, and [from] mental illnesses”.

Given the chaos surrounding the endless genres of music currently available on the internet, Euphoria shakes off cluttered distractions and return to setting precedents by a fresh maturity in their songwriting on “Kabootar” – thanks to the composition by vocalist Palash Sen and bassist Debajyoti “DJ” Bhaduri – with their obvious rock influences; a marked departure from most of their work from the past, including last year’s “Halla Bol”. “Kabootar” retains a sense of righteous indignation reminiscent of early The Who [for those who listen to Classic Rock from the West] with harder stabs at social significance, but “Kabootar” also shifts the focus back on how the band really can craft dynamic rock songs, showing Euphoria having retained a flair for the dramatic, especially with its manic guitar courtesy of member Amborish “Ambo” Saikia.

With “Kabootar”, it is obvious that Euphoria is a more experimentation mode rather than treading merely into the comfort zone of combining Indian instrumentation with safe Western sounds. Of course, speedy, catchy punk rock is, at the moment, the forefront of the group’s sound and, with it, Euphoria proves that their sound on “Kabootar” is paradoxically no longer pigeon-holed!

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Stream & Download ‘Kabootar’ exclusively on Artist Aloud – Talent First App.

Also Available on:
Hungama Music: http://bit.ly/2vOEtCd

Also Available on iTunes International, Wynk Music, Reliance Jio Music, Idea Music Lounge.