Mauj – Now In Technicolor [Album Review]

June 28, 2009

There are two reasons why Now in Technicolour is annoying: the first is that it comes after a rather long time. If memory serves me right, it was slated for a Spring 2008 release and so it is a full year later that the album makes it to the streets. Often, such a long wait either makes people completely apathetic to the release itself, or it manages to generate unfavourable levels of hype and expectations. The second is just how staggeringly good the minds that make up Mauj can be when things click together.

Despite being proficient instrumentalists, Mauj are primarily songsmiths; crafting music that is neither ostentatious nor sounding unintentionally minimalistic. So when the album fails to deliver on either account (songs that don’t stand up to the potential of the musicians writing them), disappointment inevitably follows.

The last two tracks are a microcosm of the nature of the album itself — the contrast between the great and the middling. For example, the penultimate track, Pyaar ka Jadoo, shows itself to be a palm-muted mess of a song full of quasi-catchy ‘hooks’. It is what music shouldn

Schaz Khan — Jalan (Albumreview)

June 14, 2009

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Speaking about the album, Schaz reveals that at its core Jalan is about herself. “I’ve written the tracks myself. I’m a very down-to-earth person and this album is about loving, enjoying the feeling and ultimately about losing. It’s about all the difference situations of being in love.”

By Khaver Siddiqi

“It’s taken me six years to finish this album,” says Schaz Khan, her voice filled with determination, her words echoing the hard work she’s put in.

Bat For Lashes: Two Suns (Album Review)

May 24, 2009
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Koolmuzone launched Natasha Khan (Bat For Lashes) earlier on 23rd Feb 09. We are glad to see her featured in today’s edition of Dawn Images

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Though Two Suns at times flirts playfully with more accessible melodies and structures (Travelling Woman), after multiple listens it’s obvious that it’s a consciously chosen direction rather than one arrived at after consideration of other things, namely commercialism.

By Asfandyar Khan

Natasha Khan aka Bat for Lashes’ second album was released early last month

Hailing from Brighton, England, Natasha Khan (who records under the moniker Bat For Lashes — a vehicle primarily hers despite contributions from various musicians) seems like she’s longing for a world filled with fairies and pixies, a world of mystery and outrageous colours where varying personalities are taken and shelved with the blink of an eye.