Enter Shalimar by Achint Thakkar
When Achint Thakkar's Enter Shalimar, from his album — Shalimar plays, you start to think it's going to circle around the spiritual aspects of India and flow like a Hilight Tribe song, but then, you're mistaken. Thakkar's tracks seem like they are made to be heard in concert halls, or should adorn a visual as a background score. Achint Thakkar was recommended to me by people who told me that he experiments mid-song and I should listen to him with headphones on and with a lot of patience, so I did. The outcome, now, is the fact that I listen to at least one of these tracks before I start my day.
- Siddharth Aalambayan
Ahead of the 5 February release of the Akroasis LP, German progressive metallers Obscura dropped the first single Ten Sepiroth on Thursday and it doesn't disappoint. Marrying intricate guitar noodlings with the sort of sonic heft only a fretless bass can provide, Ten Sepiroth — a reference to the 10 attributes of Kabbalah — is a brutal journey through slow parts, fast parts and everything in between. On the strength of this track alone, picking up Akroasis next week should be a no-brainer.
Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West of Oh Wonder chose to introduce themselves to the world gently — one song per month for one year. Their breezy synth-pop numbers have loyal fans; I discovered them on a rainy evening in Stockholm last year — perfect for those 3 pm autumn sunsets.
For the first time listener, the songs in Oh Wonder's debut album are fresh, but on the second listen they seem way too familiar and monotonous. The singing duo released a new video for their jazzy number Lose It, where they invited artists for an audition — but the audition itself is the music video. Give Technicolour Beat, Livewire and Drive a listen too. The songs are fresh, breezy, soft and comforting, you might play them on loop for a day or two, but after that you will realise that there is not much to distinguish one song from the other — I don't really know if that is a good quality to have in a music album.
- Vishnupriya Bhandaram
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The official VEVO video was made unavailable, so go and buy the music here.
Haminastu by Zebunissa Bangash (Fitoor)
Amit Trivedi is best know for incorporating different instruments and musical styles. Haminastu from Fitoor is perhaps one of the best examples. With lyrics inspired from Emperor Jehangir's description of Kashmir — Gar firdaus bar-rue zamin ast, haminastu, haminastu, haminast
(If there is a heaven on earth, it’s here, it’s here, it’s here) — and the Rabaab playing in the background, the song is absolutely mesmerising.