Posts Tagged ‘ Rock ’

I Ran – Twist To Break Seal

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This quintet of Mumbai-based musicians – Austin [guitar], Pratyush [guitar], Warren [drums], Aaron [bass], and Sagar [vocals] – who, as a band, go by the unlikely named Twist To Break Seal revive a two year old song on the strength of its usage on the soundtrack of TV programme ‘Chase The Monsoon 2’. No complaints though as this bunch of regular day-jobbers caught up in comparatively mundane activities ranging from advertising to computer programming, and from wallpaper trading to sound engineering, burst out of their corporate shell to indulge in the world of music.  And, on ‘I Ran’, Twist To Break Seal do it with élan: check the ’70s-style orchestral soul and funky psychedelia mixed with biting rock guitars. Looking forward to hearing their album!

 

Listen and Download the song here: http://www.artistaloud.com/twisttobreakseal

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Kehna Tha Tumse…Wahi! – Anurag Dixit

 

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Singer Anurag Dixit makes effective usage of his growing compositional skills on this mid-tempo rocker, “Kehna Tha Tumse…Wahi”, as this guitar-based selection relives memories of ’70s pop rock.  Anurag’s distinctive voice remains intact as he adds power chords to the lightly produced melody with effective usage of keyboards in tow. However, the usage of artificial applause within the track does get irritating – which otherwise works fine in a music video – but nothing takes away from the fact that “Kehna Tha Tumse…Wahi” is constructed, much like his other tunes, very carefully as, by now, Anurag knows his target audience and wants them to continue revelling in his brand of mainstream pop/rock.

Listen and Download the song here: http://www.artistaloud.com/AnuragDixit

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Dil Khush – Vintage Cassette

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Formed in 2014, Vintage Cassette is a quintet of musicians consisting of vocalists Charles Charley [lead] and Arlin Clitus [backing], and instrumentalists Aman Chourasia [lead guitar], Sanchay Cholkar [bass], and “Dil Khush” composer/lyricist Parag Agrawal on rhythm guitar. They attempt to broaden their acoustic-flavoured rock by stylistic experimentation on this uptempo track. The resulting song is also successful for marrying the group’s dual vocalists’ sweet harmonies to rock melody, further spicing things up by throwing in the surprising mid-section consisting of whistling. “Dil Khush” is undoubtedly a gritty pacey rocker that effectively pits a marvellous performance from Vintage Cassette with sweeping music capabilities to create a convincing tale of life through a b[r]and of [H]indi[e] rock!

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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.

Mumbai/Dust On My Window – Zedde

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In 2008, singer 2Blue and guitarist Claver, musicians recognized for their work in bands Vayu and Rust Angels, respectively, branched out to form Zedde along with Akashdeep [bass] and Trevor [drums]. A year later, their first single, “Mumbai”, won the prestigious ‘Anthem Of The Year’ title at Asian music awards AVIMA and, deservedly so, as the track provides justice to 2Blue’s immense vocal range, especially in the softer passages of the rock song. It also provides an emotional thread to Mumbai-ites when 2Blue writes/sings: “She gives you wings so you can fly”. Meanwhile, “Dust On My Window” is a song that came into existence some two years later, an outright rocker that would not be amiss from the ’80s AoR bandwagon. Nevertheless, nothing changes the fact that, if and when the history of Mumbai rock is written, the band can be assured that it will cover names of all artistes ranging from A to – of course – Zedde!

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.http://www.artistaloud.com/Zedde

Love To Hate You – Grey Area

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Grey Area is a band based in Mumbai, consisting of Elton (bass), Sanchit (drums), Floyd (vocals, lead guitar), and Nestor (rhythm guitar). Apparently, the quartet’s music is inspired by first-hand experiences and, on “Love To Hate You”, Grey Area provide a hook-filled, smoothly strung simple rock song containing effective rhythm and lead guitar parts. Together, they provide energy to the song’s inherent grace and power of a constant shift between mid to quick tempos, offering up a hearty dose of the group’s obvious taste and, with it, injecting the indie movement with a shot of much-needed rock grit.

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Saaya – Tantra

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The roots of Delhi-based Tantra are five like-minded neighbourhood friends, consisting of Goodwin [vocals],  Anurag [keyboards], Gaurav [drums], Anshul [bass], and Jickson George [guitars], who has also composed “Saaya”. In what initially appears as a weird mishmash of power metal and stoner rock combined with eclectic sounds, “Saaya” works well following several listenings and, eventually, becomes an addiction. Jickson’s memorable riffs and his talent for playing guitar, Anurag’s creativity in providing sounds of multiple instruments through keyboards and, paradoxically, the perfectly disjointed drumming by Gaurav really drive the band’s performance on “Saaya” above most Indian rock standards.

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Before The Dawn [album] – Dream Alive

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As we enter 2015, it is quite simply remarkable how many of us – including me – reminisce the days of classic rock [late ’60s to the late ’80s, primarily focusing on the commercially-popular hard rock sounds of the ’70s] – and remain firmly entrenched in a time warp. Thank goodness for that as even the sounds of this generation have got their priorities right, even though none of them were probably born then, such as the Los Angeles based quintet – consisting of Nik Phoeniks [vocals, keyboards], Ramon Ryder [rhythm guitar, vocals], Karan Parikh [lead guitar], Martin Fredriksson [bass], and Stanley Love [drummer] – who are known together as Dream Alive. They have been slogging it out in and around their hometown areas, building up a sizeable audience because they deliver live too and, now, Dream Alive has delivered an album that not merely summarises their strengths, but captures everything that was good in those days of classic rock.  This is unabashedly mainstream rock, but there is a real urgency to the songs and the performances that provides the album a real emotional core, including the tight production – courtesy guitarist Karan who triples up as the album’s engineer and mixer too – that keeps the sounds tied to the early, pre-visual ’80s.  Among the surging tracks, some standing out more than the others, are “Don’t Say No”, which has a marvellous, brief interplay between bass and keyboards, then there is “Waiting For So Long”, which contains some remarkable guitaring from Karan and, far from taking it easy, the rockier “See You Tonight”. Many albums may have scaled to the top of the charts, many of them not so good but, in ‘Before The Dawn’, here is a band that is a hands down winner!

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI

Tum Hi Ho – Nish B [Nishita Biyani]

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With multiple Nish Bs and Nishita Biyanis in existence, it becomes difficult to pin which Nish/Nishita has sung “Tum Hi Ho” considering that the bio contains no clue on her origins. Nevertheless, the intrigue behind the artiste – me thinks, she is Mumbai-based – should not reflect on her low key voice, but the true key to this song’s potential success is undoubtedly the production and writing of Gaurang Soni and Vaibhav Panch. They have wrapped the song in down-to-earth guitar chords, and all-stops-in subtlety in arrangements.  Although the song is repeatedly described as “Alternative Rock Music”, I find none of it, as “Tum Hi Ho” is straight forward pop that remains consistent throughout.

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI

Reality Insanity – Sheldon Pereira

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Having performed in various bands in and around Mumbai, musician Sheldon Pereira appears to have specialised in updating retro sounds combined with the era of new wave sounds of the ’70s as part of his solo career as well as on “Reality Insanity”.  While the song does contain Sheldon’s philosophy [about living in “a world of misery”, and advising about getting “away from this cruel world”], there is no denying that the arrangements are well executed. “Reality Insanity” is hook-filled, endlessly catchy and, above all, it is smart, infectious, and an exercise in simple fun. When is power pop legitimate anyway? Sheldon and his band fuse new wave harshness and conviction with mainstream rock textures on this purposeful and intelligently effective under-rated production by Nyzel D’Lima that works!

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI