Faker’s guide to Kaavish’s Gunkali, and then some.
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
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And with the Super-Bowl weekend, all the F.O.Bs should dig this news item clip.