• Wednesday, October 01, 2014

MUSIC REVIEW

Maliha Mohsin

Genre: Experimental/ Lounge/ Chillout/ Glitch

Electronica hasn't always been a general favourite, but then to be fair, it has barely started. Because it's the genre that strives to produce music by breaking all the rules, it's colossal. And Fahad Zaman's most recent EP, The Bunny is only a brief glimpse at the potential that this massive genre holds, and also the potential that the current scene in Dhaka holds in contributing to it. The EP starts with the characteristic distorted sounds of Glitch, shifts smoothly into easy Lounge music heavily infused with South Asian sounds, and then culminates into an almost uncomfortable climax that drops me back to the level real world after an elevating ride, every single time.
'Burrow' is undoubtedly a product of Glitch, successful in being music to the ears unlike plenty of attempts by other artists. It's a bass-heavy track with melodic teases, even featuring the guitar in the end for its curtain call. It's a perfect start for the listener to ease into the EP.
'Umber' carries the beauty of South Asian strings and instruments with just the right amount of balance that keeps the traditional elements afloat despite the experimentation with electronic sounds. It is resonant of familiar lounge music that incorporates South Asian sounds to add more flair to the genre.
'Noir' falls more on the experimental side of the EP. It starts with a small pulsating bass line and then turns around, bringing more vocal work. It's a product of experimentation that doesn't stray too far outside the lines of an engrossed listener's comfort zone, who would have adapted to a certain rhythm and style by now.
'Nocturnal' has to be one of my favourite tracks here. I've come to play this in my head as if it were the 360 degree loop to the rollercoaster ride that is this EP. Technically speaking, it is bass heavy, incorporates South-east Asian strings and is infused with melody. But of the experience, I can say that it rewards an attentive listener (me, right now) with a sort of spiritual entrancement, conquers the deliberate distortion and sonic dystopia of Glitch, and builds a nirvana as it continues with its steady pace.
'Yearling' is more melodic techno, heavy on the flute and pleasantly surprising with various sounds that resurface with each new listen. However, it might be a bit testing to the ears of not only the new Electronica listeners but also the veterans because of the rise and falls in its tempo. It ends with an almost violent gush of sound waves and pulls the listener out of it with disturbing static noises.
When over-viewing the album, I'm definitely impressed by Zaman's performance. In my own experience, Electronica, especially progressive and experimental variants of it, has always been dominated and led by the Europeans. And to find a locally made EP full of Glitch and Lounge music is not only an indication that we are stepping forward into the scene, but also that we have what it takes to define it.
I would recommend this album to anyone out there who identifies him/herself as someone with an ear for new and different sounds. Many recoil at the thought of Electronica, but I'm sure that this ride deserves a shot. You can find The Bunny EP in the following Bandcamp link and can download it for free by clicking on 'Digital Album' and entering '0' as the price. But whoever can afford to do so is encouraged to buy it with whatever amount they can if they appreciate good work by this young artist and would like to support him.
https://fzaman.bandcamp.com/album/the-bunny-ep
And now, please do follow the bunny into its magical world.

Published: 12:01 am Thursday, January 30, 2014

Last modified: 3:21 pm Thursday, January 30, 2014

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