The Firstpost Playlist: From heavy metal to Pt Bhimsen Joshi
This weekend, let the feel of monsoon in with Blackstratblues' single Bombay Rain and Pt Bhimsen Joshi’s rendition of Tilak Kamod. Or you could simply forget all your troubles and go crazy with heavy metal band Gojira’s Low Lands and Sick of It All’s Disco Sucks, F*ck Everything. The name is quite self-explanatory. The Firstpost Playlist’s eclectic mix of songs will definitely have something that appeals to you. Give it a listen.
Low Lands (Magma) by Gojira
People don’t hesitate to call French heavy metal band Gojira one of the best metal bands in the world right now. So it took many people aback when they chose to go in a more moody and melodic direction with their new album. The ‘fans’ came out with their pitchforks and the wheels of the “This isn’t like Gojira” bandwagon gained speed. But I’m not that keen on bandwagons anyways.
This song has left a deep impact on me and I can’t help but admit that I got emotional when I first saw it. This track, and the whole album, is dedicated to the mother of siblings Joe and Mario Duplantier, who handle vocals and drums of the band respectively. Her demise, and its impact on the band, set up the soul of this album.
The meditative crooning by Joe coupled with Mario’s restrained yet amazingly technical drumming makes this song for me.
The video is set up in the family house of the Duplantier brothers with a woman resembling their late mother, which makes the poignant imagery all the more intimate and heartbreaking. The visuals of the mother running into the woods, healthy and liberated; her walking to the light at the end of the tunnel, the band gazing into a funeral pyre, portray grief in a strikingly beautiful way.
There are also many other aspects of this song that keep fascinating me. As a commenter on YouTube pointed out, none of the members, not even bassist Jean-Michel Labadie and guitarist Christian Andreu, have their instruments with them when they’re shown 'playing' them.
There are many tune and lyric shifts in this cathartic song as well, so I can’t fully comprehend its nature despite listening to it a lot. Regardless of these aspects, it is a fitting tribute to their mother. May she rest in peace and may the band find the strength to cope with this loss.
— Siddhi Desai
Give Me Love (All Things Must Pass) by George Harrison
You have heard John Lennon’s famous Give Peace a Chance. Now listen to the Hindu Beatle's song for peace.
George Harrison converted to Hinduism in 1969 after a meeting with Swami Prabhupada, the founder of the international Hare Krishna movement. As a result, his solo songs took on a distinct spiritual note. This song, from his first solo album, was written and recorded in 1971-72 when Harrison was intensely involved in promoting the cause of Bangladeshi refugees, to whom this song is dedicated. This live version of the song is from his 1974 tour with Ravi Shankar.
— Ankita Maneck
Disco Sucks, F*ck Everything (Yours Truly) by Sick of It All
There isn't much to say about this track that singer Lou Koller's kickstart (to the 2,000 cc powerbike that is Disco Sucks, F*ck Everything) doesn't.
Sick of It All, the four-piece from Queens, New York is widely acclaimed as one of the finest purveyors of NYHC (New York hardcore) and the album Yours Truly is one of the best exhibitions of this art form. This particular track very nicely sums up the rage of Sick of It All in one tight 132-second package and is an ideal soundtrack to an uninspiring weekend.
So what are you waiting for?
— Karan Pradhan
Bombay Rain (Nights in Shining Karma) by Blackstratblues
During the first couple of seconds at the start of the song, you think it's probably the needle touching the vinyl record on a gramophone – maybe it is. But listen closely and it may even remind you of drizzle of the first rains. Over the years, if there has been one song which has been a constant on my playlist during the monsoon months, then it's definitely Bombay Rain. Blackstratblues is former Zero band member Warren Mendonsa's solo project and Bombay Rain is the last track of his debut album Nights in Shining Karma.
While the band name may have 'blues' in the title, Bombay Rain is a musical ballad. Just Mendonsa creating magic with his beloved Fender Stratocaster. The composition goes through various crests and troughs, with some silent moments thrown in for good measure. The electric guitar is the star of the show with drums complementing it well.
The tempo of the song lends itself really well when you are out enjoying the unpredictable Mumbai rainy season or just prefer watching it from the confines of your home. You will never go wrong with Bombay Rain. Also certain portions in the song seem like improvisations, something which reminds me of the solo musical segments in a lot of Porcupine Tree songs. So put on this song, the next time there's heavy rain outside.
— Nimish Sawant
Here (Know-it-all) by Alessia Cara
At a time when almost every other song glorifies partying till the break of dawn with multiple bottles of vodka, this song comes as a refreshing change. Alessia Cara says the song is based on a real life 'incident' when she got so fed up of being at a party that she called her mom to pick her up early. An anthem for the introverted, this easy going beat is sure to be stuck in your head long after the song is over. Here originally entered the Billboard Top 100 at #95 as a part of her debut album know-it-all, but it subsequently climbed up to #5.
In an interview, Cara explains that it was intended to be the complete opposite of a party song; acting as a shout out to all the people who are standing uncomfortably in the corner of a room at parties. With a voice like no other, and snarky lyrics, Cara is sure to become an artist in your playlist you'll end up frequently revisiting.
— Aishwarya Ramesh
Tilak Kamod by Pt Bhimsen Joshi
Kirana Gharana's Bhimsen Joshi doesn't really need an introduction — the musical genius is masterful in how he lets his renditions take you away on deeply personal journeys. Growing up, in my household there weren't many quiet moments because there was always music emanating from our rusty but resilient BPL music system.
There is a recklessness and restlessness in his voice which has stayed with me and has seen me through many of life's highs and lows. The greatest thing about a human voice, devoid of support from musical instruments is that it can move you.
— Vishnupriya Bhandaram