SOUNDCHECK: INTERNAL CONVERSATIONS – Journal
Following the announcement that she is one of many new artists featured in Coke Studio’s upcoming 14th season, Lyari-based niqab chic rap artist Eva B has released her latest independent single. The song was produced by Shehroz and is called Khushnawees [Scribe] and showcases the rapping skills of SH Haideri.
Focused on the spoken word, Khushnawees is a fairly simple, agonizing rap song with beautifully articulated Urdu poetry against the “haters” of Eva B. It’s about rising above all negativity, persevering, and ultimately thrive in life. Hypocrisies are exposed and courage and hard work are valued.
The production is pretty decent, the lyrics are very good, but it’s just not…very memorable. There has to be a way, beyond mere poetry, to make one desi rap rant-y song sound distinct and different from the next.
The Khushnawees can be listened to on YouTube. It has yet to appear on Eva B’s Spotify page.
Eva B’s latest single, Khushnawees, has good lyrics but isn’t memorable, while Rushk’s trippy Naaqis is a reminder that rock isn’t quite dead yet.
Let’s move on to a more “old school” underground band that has been around forever – Rushk. They just released their latest single, Naaqis [Faulty].
The guitars are from the two founding members of the band, Ziyyad Gulzar and Uns Mufti. Ziyyad also played keyboards while Uns wrote the lyrics. Abbas Ali Khan and ‘SB’ are credited as the singers of the song. Bass guitars are by Quentin Barret and drums and percussion are by Emma Calle. Rapper B Griff also sang a section of the song.
This song is a breath of fresh air in a music scene currently dominated by the somewhat mellow but fun electropop genre. It’s an alternative rock song in which there’s a lot going on. The song begins with an incredibly catchy riff that recurs throughout the song, even as it goes from a moody lounge number to a punk rock song and back to a moody lounge rock number.
The first protagonist, who portrays a female voice, seems a little anxious with a healthy level of self-loathing and cynicism and yet an acceptance of who they are. The second, voiced by Abbas Ali Khan, tries to reassure her that she is everything and more and that he will always be there for her no matter what. She falls and he goes to save her, despite her warning him not to.
Naaqis is a fun song to listen to, due to the variety of sounds available to you. Each listen reveals something new. The lyrics are easy to follow and sing along to. It goes from one mood, from one character to another, but it feels like those characters are different sides of the same person, conversations the songwriter might be having within himself at different times. of his life. It’s the kind of dialogue that a younger, anxious person can relate to.
This old school but refreshing rock song may just be what we need to infuse the current electropop scene to show that rock music really isn’t dead.
Posted in Dawn, ICON, January 16, 2022