Posts Tagged ‘ Instrumental ’

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.

 

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– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Collage Album – Vijay Durbha

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Vijay Durbha may be a one-man band but, on his first digital ‘Collage Album’, he utilises a stellar cast of singers for support: Kalpana Patowary, Karsan Sagathiya, KS Chitra, OP Rathore, Mahalaxmi Iyer, and Mohit Chauhan.  He focuses on their respective vocal talents through the gamut of various genres on this album: pop [Janana], dance [Boondon Ki Baraat], mainly instrumental [Mood Of The Monsoon, Togetherness], folk [Mera Dildar], devotional [Saraswati Invocation], a combination of new age with spoken words [Patjhad Ka Sapna, which also appears as an instrumental], and even jazz [Haseen Shaam]. All this is supported by what is now becoming Vijay’s musical style: a full dynamic sound overflowing with the power and passion of his musical influence[s], mixing intense rhythms and virtual grand-scale orchestrations with a flair for varied melodies, and poignant lyricism, courtesy his mother, who goes by the pen name of Swahili, on eight of the nine tracks! Vijay’s production is augmented by electronic instrumentation combined with the sounds of flute, sitar, santoor, violin, and what appears to be the ghattam, adding additional texture to Vijay’s compositions. This is a surprisingly pleasant album that retains an appropriate collage of warm feelings.

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– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Bhulaadiya [instrumental] – Sugarzzz featuring Ali Mustafa

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This is an instrumental version of “Bhulaadiya” by Sugarzzz – also known as Sweta Bhatt, who has origins in Gujarat but has, since, gone global [read Dubai] – featuring the talent of music composer Ali Mustafa. A variety of instruments and their variants are combined to create an excitable multitude of ever changing rhythms, tones, and pitches, that all fuse neatly into each other, resulting in a surprising instrumental plethora of sounds. Keyboards start the song off slowly, as percussion wriggles its way into the current sound that is heard, until there is a grand unison of sounds that turn soothing to the ears. Throughout the song, the tempos range from soft to intense to utterly surprising, making for some excellent musical culmination. This instrumental of “Bhulaadiya” is a fine excursion into the realm of new age music.

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Holiday In Madras – Ed DeGenaro

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Born and raised in Germany, the once cello studying musician took a tangent by picking up the guitar and the rest, as they say, is history. It is reiterated on “Holiday In Madras”, the title track of an album of the same name, as Ed has teamed up with musicians across the globe to create a largely instrumental track that provides abundant opportunity to the multi-faceted instrumentalist to showcase his talent. But the song would not be complete without the voice of Ujjayinee Roy, who is formally trained in Hindustani Classical music, which links the crossover between psychedelic music and Eastern sounds. Ed certainly manages to bridge the gap between the two worlds on this all-too-brief track, shuffling between playing what appears being simple in some instances but, at other times, utilizing the full reign of the sound possibilities through his marvellous instrument playing talent. Nevertheless, for me, incorporating vocals and a chorus that manage to lock into a repeated chant is certainly the unexpected highlight of “Holiday In Madras”.

 

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– Review by PARAG KAMANI

Intro – Vajra

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From 2008, this Mumbai-based band has been writing original compositions, headlining concerts at colleges, and has also won various competitions on the way. “Intro” is a quiet, atmospheric, and contemplative instrumental that provides the band an opportunity to communicate [their talent] without words. The guitaring is the band’s centrepiece as it provides sounds that are articulate, melodic, and well-defined as any in rock, as the tune rises to a crescendo, supported by appropriate percussion, providing further effectiveness to the composition. Depending on your mood, “Intro” provides a tangible atmosphere of bittersweet nostalgia that paradoxically seems to sum up the band’s forward movement in their career, with the track conjuring powerful and, more importantly, genuine feelings of mellowness, reminiscence, and wistfulness…

 

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– Review by PARAG KAMANI