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Faker’s guide to Kaavish’s Gunkali, and then some.

February 7, 2010

So it seems, almost anyone can write reviews on music. As my primary purpose for this blog is to trash the cyberspace, I thought why don’t I go ahead and add some content by blabbering on something I don’t know anything about. Music Reviews! Yay!  It adds to the traffic, you see, and that massages my ego, you see. (Also allows me to embed more youtube videos, and we all know how satisfying it is to embed youtube videos in our posts).

Now, before I blabber about stuff, there is a disclaimer: I do listen, and sometimes love, a lot of music which is universally considered bad (Case in point, this!), and sometimes reject really good stuff that I realize, later on, that it was good. (Ahem!) Also, I’m impressionable, and might fall for gimmicks. So with that huge caveat, let us talk about Kaavish.

I wanted to like Kaavish before I heard the album, and perhaps because of that I liked the album. For the uninitiated, Kaavish is a Karachi based band comprising of Jaffer Zaidi and Muazz Maudood. They have been on the scene for some time now, and had released like three videos, starting out with Bachpan, Choti Khushiyaan, and then, oh-the-awesome Teray Pyaar Main. They finally released their debut album, Gunkali, in Jan 2010. The album has 10 songs, with reworked versions of Teray Pyaar Main and Bachpan.

Now, I developed an unhealthy infatuation with Teray Pyaar Main in mid-2007 and it is definitely on my list of modern instant classics.

And the new video isn’t bad either

Now, if you liked the above mentioned songs, you would like the album, and the music they do. However, If you want to just know what to talk about the album for various reasons (Like, showing off that you don’t only headbang to your Irtiqa cassette, or demonstrating to some girl that you are deep, by name-dropping music references of the said genre. Note to self: get on with that R.E.M. listen-o-thon), then just stay put. Whatever reasons you might have, it is good to invest a little time on this album.

Things you need to know:

Songs you should add to if you have 8GB iPod Touch:

Piya Dekho Nah; Teray Pyaar Main (Album version); Moray Sayyan

Songs that should be added on to the playlist if you have a 16GB one (to be re-evaluated after 2 months):

Sunn Zara; Koi Hay to Sahee; Dil Main Meray; Dekho; Bachpan

And if you are upto it, go to their website and download their cover of “Yeh Shaam” by Vital Signs

Convenient Talking Points: (Add some more, if you think of any, in the comments section)

“Oh, it is a very good “world” album! Only people who understand what good music is will appreciate this album”

“Oh I like how the band fused the melody based music of eastern classical, semi-classical nature and gave it a contemporary twist”

“It was interesting that the band didn’t compromise, and insisted on recording on live instruments. I like authentic artists like them”

“They tend to have a monotonous style of music. I’m intrigued how they progress from here, and how their next album pans out?”

“Jaffer’s singing, though good, seems to be limited. Is he the new Ahmed Jehanzeb?”

“The reworked versions of Bachpan and Teray Pyaar Main really freshens up the album”

“Oh man! Why did they exclude Choti Khushiyaan from the album. It was the only cheerful song of theirs.”

“Their age belies the music they came up with. The music has a lot of maturity”.

Dishoom-Love-O-meter (for the lazy readers): 7 buffaloes

Read a more useful review here

And with the Super-Bowl weekend, all the F.O.Bs should dig this news item clip.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Sohaib Gulbadan permalink
    February 8, 2010 5:20 am

    so i heard the whole album at your insistence. i was not impressed. its strictly average, really. very mellow. all songs appear the same. too soft yet without any punch. it was like something you would listen to when all your casettes on a v long road trip wear out. ugh.

  2. February 8, 2010 6:58 am

    Well, we have been there, road trips with music like that. Anyways, yes, it would seem really boring if you normally dont listen to this kind of music, very boring indeed. But as i said, i wanted to like it, and perhaps thats why i did. However, it isn’t everybody’s cup of tea… Hence, i worked on the Faker’s guide to the album… there was a reason for that. Well, the key is that you stick to couple of songs, and then let them grow on you.. forget the rest of the album, for now… or forever.. thats how i got my ears in on Mekaal Hasan’s work initially..

  3. August 2, 2010 3:46 am

    Wow, thanks for introducing me to Kaavish, DishoomPK. I’ve only listened to the cover of Vital Signs and Piya Dekho Na as I write this, but knowing me, I can already tell you I’ll like this. A lot! Shall report back some time.

    Peace.

  4. August 2, 2010 4:22 pm

    Okay, so I’ve listened to the album now, and just wanted to say thank you, again. This comes at a good time. Any more pop recommendations? It appears (might not be the case, just saying) the past few years have been all about rock. And it’s really good rock, but stuff such as Gunkali is such a welcome divergence. And not only for the sake of divergence.

    It’s rather good.

    I have another talking point: Jaffer might not have the biggest and best vocal range, but that’s precisely what makes it easy to relate to the songs and have a fun time singing along!

    • August 5, 2010 4:55 am

      I know! Its quite refreshing to hear them, still six months onwards! The thing is what one might consider Rock, someone else would not consider rock! For example, I like what Jal do, but Its sqaurely in Pop category for me, and I think they wouldn’t disagree with that classifications themselves. As for recommendations, I would suppose Ali Zafar makes decent pop music, and perhaps Najam Sheraz (but more so his older work, not the recent ones). Shall keep up to date on twitter.

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