Okay. So you’re here. Yeah, it’s a blog.
Don’t worry, it’s still 2019.
The official/best-fi versions of these tracks are all across different channels, so I just thought it’s easier to embed them all here.
This short playlist is a combination of things stuck in my head, things I’m humming, things I’m wondering why I like the sound of. And the tracks are (self-consciously) annotated, and I hope it’s all overall an njybl experience.
There are two things that amuse me about my own annotations: one, how I just don’t have the right vocabulary to explain music, and two, my need to recognise the story of individual pieces of sound, and how it has me scrambling for inadequate shorthand. Nevertheless, onward I shall trudge, unencumbered by embarrassment.
Apologies for the oppressive-sized album covers if you’re not on mobile.
I begin with this because… how can you not have fun when you’re listening to this?
Sweet morning, morning album. This particular track is so Pop-mock-Rock with a cheeky Blues-y bass, and is just the stuff of air-bands. After a point in one mood has been established, the track merrily shifts to another point, like with any solid #basic Jazz (those trumpets!), like in a nice poem, or like any good DJ.
2/ Sid Vashi
This is actually what I have in my head: a siiiiick take on Yèkèrmo Sèw from this NSFW, but fun EP by Sid Vashi.
It looks like unoffish monkeying around (or so I reason because who gonna run behind Universal and T-series). But I can’t believe that nostalgia is such a strong part of the appeal of these tracks.
It’s by no means new to sample an Indian sound motif in ‘tronica, to create a “cultural” contrast – kooth meets dubstep, thanks Nucleya – and Sid Vashi himself has been guilty of putting two-three Punjabi hoi‘s in his EDM. But this EP’s view seems to be that the sampled tracks are RETRO. Can you imagine that? Taal? RETRO!? Insert 1999 was 20 years ago aaa meme.
Who knows, maybe Buzzfeed will commission a K2H2 remix soon.
3/ Angad Berar
Super self-indulgent album. This fellow composes like he has all the time in the world. This song, the longest in the album, is 16 minutes long and has guarantee been made for drug consumption.
None of this really is a complaint. That tune is shameless in how it wears its Floyd and The Doors influences. Also a whiff of Tool and Strawberry Fields/Mood Indigo/Saarang bands. (As a teen, I had a 10,000 Days t-shirt, and my grandmother would misread it “fool” every time I wore it to make her point.)
But, if you’re in a hurry, I’m really digging this Bluesy Been-to-Rock-but-back-to-Hindustani ride. Smacks of Hare-Rama/wedding reception at genteel place for genteel peoples. Yum.
4/ The Magnetic Fields
It’s been a year since 377 was written down! And this i.con.ic album turned 20 this week too!
And hey, it was Neil Gaiman’s Christmas of 1999 (year of Taal!) gift to Sir T.
I’m torn between posting this very cute, surly, live rendition of When My Boy Walks Down the Street and this track. It’s okay, I’ll just list my favourite.
What’s not to love about Courtney Barnett. Joni Mitchell meets Kimya Dawson feat. a charming Bob Dylan ramble. Much as I love the studio version, here’s a haunting, gorgeous version from the Sydney Opera House. ❤ Such bae lyrics.
Okay! Blade concluded! Bye now!