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album review : Firdous (2013) – Coshish

album : Firdous

artist : Coshish

genre : Progressive Rock

year : 2013

The idiosyncrasies of a band that has been hard at work, silently, has been perfectly captured on Firdous. Coshish is not giving away music here, they are coming towards you with a flame of emotions.

coshish firdous logo album coverWith the underlining strength of Firdous being undeniable melody, and a lot of soul, Coshish‘s vigorous storytelling ability is a fresh departure from the aisle of oft heard rock, that all seem to be a product of the same flock. After clambering out of life’s unpredictable trenches, day in and day out, putting your life in the hands of some purposeful work of art doesn’t just lift one’s spirits, but that is also the only way of life I’ve known. Firdous is a carousel that has heaps of images from your past, present and future on-board. Let’s start the ride.

The poetic carnival kicks off with the title track Firdous, and is a very post-rock influenced song where the vocals also act as an instrument. They are all on the same layer, so to speak. Hence, the intro builds up a range of possibilities, where the lyrics act as the nuts and bolts of this emotional bridge. It’s a comfortable song, and you’ll be absorbed by the tune. The grace lies in the details. Listen carefully…

The progressive aspect of the whole prog-rock thing becomes visible on Raastey, complete with oscillating patterns, vocal range variations, tightly in-sync instrumentation and unexpected guitar tunes. You ought to be aware of the fact that you definitely do not know where the songs are headed. The songs don’t hit you in-the-face nor do they befuddle you. What they do is heighten the pleasure of the sonic enlightenment you are up against. The odd timings are carried forward on the tracks CoshishMuktiWoh Kho Gaye and Maya.

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Rhythm is like the cornerstone of Coshish‘s sound. Pick any song and try to dodge the rhythm sections. It is very prevalent, it is very necessary and it is in the context of the entire scenario. I would most definitely want to highlight the work on RaasteyWoh Kho Gaye, Firdous and Hum Hai Yahin. So, we’ve established that the life of the band lies in the strings. The guitar solos on CoshishWoh Kho Gaye, Rehne Do, Raastey and Hum Hai Yahin animate the whole experience of hearing Firdous.

While the versatility on drums is all over the album, hear Maya, Raastey, Coshish and Mukti to remove the tag of a procrastinator, if you carry one, because the throbbing will get you going!

shrikant sreenivasan  guitars coshishThe opening piece on Behti Boondein initiates acoustic strumming, accompanied by sitaresque samples and the band goes onto induce a trance-like state. The innocence is inevitable in the vocals, so are the active beats on the percussion well complemented by the bass, thereby liberating you from the shackles of some self built mystery.

Maya means illusions, but the irony of the track is very evident in the words. The band uses the route of reality to replicate a similar world of illusions through the song. It is a hard-hitting composure, bringing you face to face with a mirror, and you have to decide which side you are on. Luscious harmonies dominate majority of the album, and I swear by the tracks Rehne Do, CoshishBhula Do Unhey and Raastey.

Your allegiance to memories would be tested on Hum Hai Yahin and Rehne Do. A lump in your throat would be an apt metaphor to this song’s adroitness at handling you. And since everything comes with two sides, you could also be vivaciously looking forward to the future. The entire track has been knit together as one entity, with the libretto breathing life into it. The more you hear it, the harder it gets, if you know what I mean. I’m in love.

An epic closure to the album, comes in the form of an instrumental titled Mukti – the longest track out of the ten gems. Supreme play of instruments, unconventional mind-bender moments and varied temperaments best describe this song. The outro, being an instrumental, gives you time to reminisce about the entire record thereby playing a series of events in your mind that you were actively part of.

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The production on the record, by all means, is as clean as a hound’s tooth. A very essential need for bands recording their material is to find the right sound, and Coshish could not have asked for a better launch. The bass gets its ass kissed on CoshishWoh Kho Gaye, Maya, Rehne Do and Bhula Do Unhey. Some twisted vocal talent, inclusive of high range is displayed on Raastey, Woh Kho Gaye, Maya and Rehne Do. I have to add there is a lot of room for experimentation in the vocal department.

Well, if love means to you what power means to a politician, what erroneous situations mean to superstition and when looking after her doesn’t mean obligation then Firdous is right on money with the sound and worth every penny you want to spend because you’ll fall in love with the record. Impactful songwriting aside, Firdous contains some of the most heavenly lyrics. Coshish talks about stuff you already know. But, every now and then we require some means through which we can relate to anything and everything around us, and that is what Firdous successfully achieves.

hamza kazi drums coshish workshop

Picture this: A mug of your most-liked beverage, overcast skies and light drizzles outside while you make yourself comfortable in one corner of your balcony. That’s when you’ll want Firdous in the background. You wouldn’t want to trade all of that for anything, would you? Go ahead, pick up the record and swim in a pool of dreamlike melody…

Rating: 4/5

Coshish is:

Mangesh Gandhi on Vocals, Rhythm Guitars, Mouth Organs
Shrikant Sreenivasan on Lead Guitars
Hamza Kazi on Drums, Xylophone
Anish Nair on Bass

coshish band 2013

Firdous has been produced by Zorran Mendonsa.

Coshish‘s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Coshish

Coshish‘s website: https://soundcloud.com/coshish

Raastey‘ official music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXKzA0YDjDw

Have something to say to the band, send an email to: coshishband@gmail.com.

album review : Weather Systems (2012) – Anathema

album : Weather Systems

artist : Anathema

genre : Atmospheric Rock

year : 2012

The multi-layered We’re Here Because We’re Here, released by Anathema in 2010 introduced the band to the remaining section of the world too, the section that had not heard of them. Time came to a standstill for me when I heard that album, giving me and my fellow listeners a glimpse into some of the most svelte tunes released in recent times. But wait, there is more to Anathema than that. While I thought they’ve invested everything they’ve got in producing their last album, two years later they return with something even more powerful. Using the same medium of a simplistic approach to touch your heart, this year’s Weather Systems is an exciting new addition to their discography. One that would go well with any kind of life’s backdrops.

To begin with, Weather Systems takes you into the plush interiors of an absolutely ravishing genre, and the makers of the album – Anathema, should recieve a standing ovation for having released it. Engaging from the very beginning, the songs find their way into your memories, bring out the ones that are forever etched into your being and provide you with answers that are somewhat close to what you want to hear. The production on the songs is delicate and so are the songs, that have been written with complete justice being done to music.

Both parts of Untouchable will inch you closer to accept the fact that you need to move on from a difficult situation, The Gathering of the Clouds builds on the same thought giving you a shoulder to hold, Lightning Song will give you goosebumps that won’t settle down soon because you are swimming in an altogether different frequency of thoughts. Sunlight will remind you of Dreaming Light (from We’re Here Because We’re Here), but there is nothing to worry about since they are not even close to sounding similar. The Beginning and the End pumps up your adrenaline especially towards the end and The Lost Child waves the sombre flag. Progressive instances are described at length with long ballads like The Storm Before the Calm and Internal Landscapes.

A band that has been staunchly devoted to combining their god-awesome lyrics with a slice of life approach towards their songwriting, and an intentional drab atmosphere explodes with energy that holds together your happy and sad moments with equal ease. I cannot stop appreciating the way they acknowledge the thoughts that have stuck with us, thereby helping us in working out how important it is to look at things from a perspective that you think is right. There are songs that will really help you discover yourself. One just needs to concentrate on the words and chances are you will not forget everything Vincent, Danny and Lee sing on the album.

From being one of the frontrunners of doom metal, to creating a sound of their own it has been a complete reversal of sorts. Their doom-laden older material gets extensively played even today but at the moment they are the cynosure of all ears in the world of progressive atmospheric stuff. And, do not forget to understand the difference between saying “I’ll always be there for you” and to actually always be there. All of this and much more on Weather Systems. This album is what keeps me busy when I’m not doing the compulsive mundane affairs of life. Come on you, come here, fall in love.

Rating : 4.5/5

album review : Welcome to My DNA (2011) – Blackfield

album : Welcome to My DNA

artist : Blackfield

genre : Art Rock, Progressive Rock

year : 2011

This one time we have a time stopper, composed by the duo that is Blackfield. Overwhelmingly full of music, their domain expands to a field of bliss and melancholy only to imbibe themselves in the veins of the listeners. The two collaborators who have been pulling off Blackfield are Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) and Aviv Geffen (Israeli singer). A little research will help you construe the imperial touch these men carry with them, and I still haven’t let the two previous releases – Blackfield and Blackfield II – come in the way of my judgement, because if I throw some light on them then my job would become easier.

Their art rock or simply their progressive rock is a grown-up version of what we know of the genre. It is like how oldies would take on something, with their bag full of experiences. Fortunately for a lot out there their third album – Welcome to My DNA – has more indications of pop than their previous offerings. No corrosion noticed due to this flavor. When talking about the kind of ambience the first two releases carried in comparison to Welcome to My DNA, the new one appears (and sounds) less loud on several aspects. This is more of a mellifluous effort by Blackfield.

The use of instruments is very basic and the vocals are the heart of this album. Lyrically it spans from your everyday life to some much needed thoughts that we do not spare enough. Make it a point to hear what they say on Rising of the Tide, Glass House, Far Away and Zigota, you’ll take back quite a lot from that. There are a certain number of tracks that make you go. “Oh fuck, I so wanted to experience this sound right now!“. The vital ones in terms of everything are most definitely DNA, On The Plane, Oxygen, Dissolving with the Night and Waving.

Imagine a bloated balloon in the air going nowhere but still going somewhere. I said that as such is the case of our life. We do not know where we are going but then we are going somewhere. These are the very reasonings that the songs are assisting me to provide. To give you an abstract view on Welcome to My DNA I’d call this album a holistic silence. Get this new album by Blackfield, then the next time you play musical chairs you’ll definitely enjoy it.

Rating : 4/5

album review : Road Salt One (2010) – Pain of Salvation

album : Road Salt One

artist : Pain of Salvation

genre : Progressive Metal/Rock

year : 2010

There is an outburst of emotions on the seventh studio album of progressive metal/rock band Pain of Salvation. Considering Road Salt One this is one half of the two-part release, Road Salt Two is going to be something to watch out for in early-2011. Pain of Salvation is a band that isn’t prone to mistakes if we go by their catalogue of albums. Switching smoothly between progressive metal and rock they have had albums that has branded them as a one of a kind band.

With a razor sharp method of playing their instruments the band incorporates various layers of vocal effects too. The second half of the album is more oriented towards  hardcore progressive rock fans, and more stress on the terms ‘hardcore’ and ‘progressive rock’. My picks from the album would be SistersLinoleum and Where It Hurts, Innocence.

India is getting closer to Pain of Salvation‘s debut gig here happening in January 2011 and listening to Road Salt One live would shake everyone. Fans of the band will find it hard to spot the least likeable tracks on the album. A good release that is worth several spins.

Rating : 3/5

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