Firstpost Playlist: This week discover 'synth-pop', 'guitar noodlings' and alter your mood with music recommended by us

FP Staff

Jan,31 2016 11:18:33 IST

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

Ten Sepiroth by Obscura

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.

- Karan Pradhan
Lose it by Oh Wonder

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 BeatLivewire 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

Work by Rihanna and Drake

The official VEVO video was made unavailable, so go and buy the music here.

A day before the official release of her eighth studio album Anti, Rihanna made the link of the album public, with a free code to download the tracks. Surprisingly, it's a completely new album with her earlier singles (Bitch Better Have My Money, Four Five Seconds, American Oxygen) nowhere to be seen. Work, feat. Drake is entirely reminiscent of his earlier social media hit Hotline Bling. It's mindless, catchy, hum-able and perfect for when you don't really want to think. Given both the artists' penchant for cannabis, we're not entirely surprised.
- Swetha Ramakrishnan
Send My Love (To Your New Lover) - Adele 

Yes! We're still listening to her. For an album (and artist) largely focused on break-up, Adele's 'Send My Love (To Your New Lover)' is peppy and liberating song. For once, Adele sounds like she is genuinely ready to move on from whoever it was that broke her heart so bad, it lead to three albums, global fame and several Grammys. The song is is unusual in terms of its tone as well- it is upbeat and actually makes you want to tap your foot instead of lounging with a glass of wine.
- Zenia D'cunha

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.

-Rohini Chatterji

Routine by Steven Wilson

Music videos are things that British prog rock genius Steven Wilson is not as prolific with, as he is with his music compositions, writing songs, live concert tours and the multiple side-projects he is part of such as Porcupine Tree. Routine is a beautiful melancholic song from his latest solo album - Hand.Cannot.Erase - meditating on the vacuum left behind by the loss of a child/partner/family member and the coping mechanism that follows. The music video, directed by Jess Cope who Wilson has collaborated with in the past (Drive Home, The Raven That Refused To Sing) brings back the puppet - stop motion aesthetics which tell a story loaded with grief. Supporting vocals by Ninet Tayeb are addition to the original song, in this music video.
-Nimish Sawant
Watch this space, every week for the Firstpost Playlist — an eclectic collection of music from the myriad and atypical minds at Firstpost.

Updated Date: Jan 31, 2016 11:18 AM