Firstpost Playlist: Music inspired by NH7 Weekender; classic rock, and good old Bollywood
Bacardi NH7 Weekender unfolds in Pune this weekend (3-4 December) — one of the biggest musical festivals of the year. To celebrate the fest, we have songs from the acts that are performing (or have performed there in the past). And if that isn't your scene, then there's some Bollywood in there too! So sit back, and tune in to this week's Firstpost Playlist — delivered fresh, just for you!
'I Love You Baby, I Love You Doll' by Parekh & Singh
This Kolkata-based pop duo consisting of Nischay Parekh and Jivraj Singh combine beautifully in this calm and melodic love-song. The visuals in the music video are straight out of a Wes Anderson movie, with the Parekh and Singh looking dapper in their colourful suits, singing in scenic locations. The simple lyrics make it a cheerful singalong tune, which you can hum with the artists themselves this weekend if you're at the NH7 weekender.
— Derrek Chundelikkatt
'Self-Bias Resistor' by Fear Factory
And so another Pune edition (arguably the largest of the lot) of the NH7 Weekender is upon us, and doubtless many of you will be planning your jaunt to the city (or there already) as you read these words.
If you're anything like me, you'll have noticed (and perhaps, mourned) the distinct lack of quality metal in the past few lineups. Apparently it's not fashionable anymore. And if the dea(r)th of this wonderful genre in festival lineups makes you as disillusioned with today's 'scene' as it does me, you'll want to look back to 2014.
That year's edition of this festival happened to feature a certain cyber-metal act by the name of Fear Factory. Playing its first show on Indian shores, the band enjoyed quite a warm response. Of course, the quality of the band's music, both studio and live — case in point being Burton C Bell's completely shot live vocals, has declined over the years. It's unlikely the band will ever hit the highs of 1995's Demanufacture LP and to an ever-so-slightly less extent, 1998's Obsolete.
But that's alright because 'Self-Bias Resistor' is one of the finest cuts from Demanufacture if not the genre entirely. It's also one that perfectly captures everything that made Fear Factory so special, whether that's Raymond Herrera's drumming, Dino Cazares' 500-tonne riffs or Bell's superbly effective use of his otherwise limited vocal range.
And if the thought of spending three days in the midst of people who think throwing in an aalap or two into a track makes you a fusion band depresses you, take solace in this track.
— Karan Pradhan
'Immigrant Song' by Led Zeppelin
'Immigrant Song' by Led Zeppelin, has plenty of references to Norse Mythology. Here's why: When Led Zeppelin was on a cultural mission to Iceland at the invitation of the Icelandic government in 1970, the day before they arrived all the civil servants went on strike and they were going to cancel the concert. But it wound up going forward and it inspired vocalist Robert Plant to write the song. They performed it for the first time live a few days later, at Bath Festival, the next stop on their tour.
You might have heard the cover of the song in the beginning of the very famous opening title sequence of The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo which was directed by none other than the man who gave us Deadpool, Tim Miller. This cover has a sharper and more distinct guitar riff, and is by Karen O, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
— Ankita Maneck
'Look On Down From The Bridge' by Mazzy Star
Rick and Morty is perhaps the best thing to happen to television this year. Watch the show if you have not seen it till now and want to watch some of the most intelligent humour on TV.
Most of the episodes are full of hilarious moments. But the show also deals with some very serious and dark philosophical or cosmological (or sometimes both) questions. And there is one moment in the show when the dark nature of the issue being discussed overwhelms Morty and Look On Down From The Bridge by Mazzy Star starts playing.
When you are watching Rick and Morty, you are almost always laughing. But that scene combined with this song as background music will make you feel intimidated as you realise how small and unimportant human beings really are in this vast universe.
— Anshu Lal
'La Bamba' by Los Lobos
The verses start with a man telling his fiancée, "I'm not a sailor, I'm a captain", indicating his big ambitions.The lyrics are in Spanish and mean "To dance La Bamba you need to have a little grace."
It is the only song on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 greatest songs of all time list sung in a language other than English. 'La Bamba' is a traditional Mexican folk song popular with Mariachi bands and often played at weddings. Even though we might not understand a lot of it, it does not take long for you to start singing along.
— Shatadru Roy
'Mudi Mudi' by Paa
This song is a fine blend of method and madness. The lyrics are all over the place. They have a certain rhythm and rhyme scheme but the entire song consists of only a few words which are repeated again and again. But what gives perspective to these no-holds-barred lyrics are the vocals and the music. Ilaiyaraaja strings the words together in such a hummable and catchy tone that you break into the song as soon as you start walking on that promenade. Also, Shilpa Rao's breathless (quite literally) rendition of the song pumps it up and infuses an infectious energy into the otherwise mundane rut of the lyrics.
— Devansh Sharma
'Szombat (Saturday)' by Csorba Lóránt and Reisz Gábor
Part of the soundtrack from Van Valami Furcsa és Megmagyarázhatatlan (For Some Inexplicable Reason), an excellent Hungarian film has been featuring in my playlist since 2014. Set in Budapest and Lisbon, the film and its music is about Budapest and adulthood. The strength of the music lies in its ability to become your own life's background music — whether you're at a pub drinking and laughing with friends or roaming the streets of your city. And even though you know everything there is to know about your city, there are always new discoveries to be made.
— Vishnupriya Bhandaram
'Eleanor Rigby' by the Beatles
It feels like cheating to include a Beatles number in a playlist meant for serendipitous discovery, but with 'Eleanor Rigby' I cannot help myself. For me, this deserves infinitely more credit and more following than 'Yesterday'. People tend to like the band for all the wrong reasons, I have always said.
'Eleanor Rigby' has snatched the feeling of isolation from the modernists and revamped it. Surely, nothing before this has captured it in such vivid flavour. So keen is its imagination, that it reminds one of visuals from a Neil Gaiman graphic novel (the girl who keeps her face in a jar by the door, I think even makes for a sub-plot in a novel within the Sandman series).
The song and its melody is an observation made by someone as lonely as the images of the priest darning his socks in the night, the girl, the funeral. It's not apathetic in tone, but it prefers not to be engaged with these characters, something a little like all of us.
— Eisha Nair
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Updated Date: Dec 03, 2016 09:09:23 IST