The Firstpost Playlist: Songs of heartbreak, hope, 'maya' and melancholy

FP Staff

Apr 16, 2016 10:52:16 IST

It's another weekend, and another Firstpost Playlist that we've put together just for you. And this time round, we have a mix of songs for you from Algerian artiste Souad Massi, our very own Rahul Sharma, American singer-songwriter Mathhew Houck (who performs under the name of Phosphorescent), Morcheeba and The Jesus and Mary Chain. So plug in, and unwind. Or rewind.

'Deb' by Souad Massi

The shelves are lined with books — old and new — some with tattered covers, some with broken spines. A layer of dust has settled upon the pages. There is a wall with peeling ochre paint, it is host to a nondescript painting of a lake. Right along the corner, a swarm of ants is hard at work. A woman across the hallway, in the next door is screaming at the children, a fuschia scarf covers her neck and head, she appears vexed and exhausted. In the streets below, hawkers are selling their wares: vegetables, cheap household plastics and peanuts. The aroma of something unfamiliar wafts in; a little girl giggles as she dances, there is no music, only a sense of delight and wonder.

Algerian artiste Souad Massi's music is a mixture of moods, textures and emotions. Her vocals are honest and a little unpredictability keeps up the tempo. And Massi's melodies seem to tell a story of their own.

— Vishnupriya Bhandaram

'Just Like Honey' by The Jesus and Mary Chain

Apart from the fact that Lost in Translation is one of the best romantic comedy-drama films ever made, it also has some excellent music.

Let's not discuss what happens in the last scene of the movie which subtly describes the beautiful but complicated relationship between the characters played by Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson.

But the surge of emotions in that last scene could not have been desrcibed more perfectly than Just Like Honey by The Jesus and Mary Chain.

— Anshu Lal

'Otherwise' by Morcheeba

Sick of adulting? Have a job that you're merely interested in to pay rent? Want to retract into a shell and have nothing, absolutely nothing to do? I have the perfect solution for you: Morcheeba.

This 3-member British band is absolute gold, when it comes to casual listening, with no strings attached. It's difficult to categorise Morcheeba into a genre; they have multiple (aren't those just the best?). Morcheeba has some downtempo, trip-hop and electronica elements but most of all, they are just easy going (best indicator of this is the fact that 'cheeba' is slang for weed).

So sit back, forget what you were stressing about before you clicked this page, and just give into the flow-y nature of this song. You deserve AT LEAST four minutes of this (if not more).

— Swetha Ramakrishnan

'Mahamaya (The Goddess of Perplexion)' by Rahul Sharma feat. Sunidhi Chauhan

Rahul Sharma, the son of santoor maestro Shivkumar Sharma, is an ace santoor player himself. He has been fairly consistent when releasing his personal work — a mix of solo compositions and collaborations. The one song which got me hooked was 'Mahamaya' from his album Maya — The Illusion. Here Sharma has collaborated with the talented Sunidhi Chauhan who intersperses the musical journey with her vocals. I love the way in which the santoor carries the entire song forward, interfacing effortlessly with other musical instruments as well as the vocals. There are moments when you do not hear the santoor, almost like the artist is taking a break. But then it seamlessly enters the musical cauldron. The tempo of the song swings between fast and slow. A great song to listen to when out on a long drive over the weekend or just while chilling at home. I like how Sharma has fused the music of a Hindustani classical instrument with more modern instruments. Purists may not like this 'fusion' much, but then, better discovering the instrument this way than not discovering it at all.

— Nimish Sawant

"Song for Zula" by Phosphorescent

If layers are what you love in your music — a composition built up over several elements: an underlying beat, a riff laid over it, a rich voice, and lots of things that you discover only after several listens — then Phosphorescent's 'Song for Zula' is just right for you. The melancholic tones are just right for those times when you want to wallow in self-pity and feel miserable — or when you want to be touched by beauty of an intangible kind. Either way, this is a good pick.

— Rohini Nair

Updated Date: Apr 16, 2016 10:52:16 IST