Category: Music


Being more of an alternate fan, my reaction and judgment towards other genres of music has always been looked upon as biased and atrocious by my peers. The fact is that I wouldn’t blame them as I have ended up criticizing one artist too many who are generally considered as pioneers of a particular genre. Although in my defense, the commercialization and regularly regurgitated travesties in the name of music hasn’t really helped my power of opinion.

If I have to single out a particular genre to criticize, I would say hip-hop takes the cake. From repetitive beats to vile lyrics, hip-hop music today has very well been reduced to a shadow of what it was in its yesteryears. The fact that rap is now a quintessential part of the hip hop genre just highlights the weak backbone on which the genre is being sustained at the moment. But as they insightfully say, “No dark cloud is without its silver lining”. The silver lining here is the small minority of artists who are working in the background to add the sheen back into the hip hop scene.

One such artist that I have recently stumbled upon through thissongissick is Pretty Lights; the stage name for Derek Vincent Smith.  Having dropped out of college during freshman year in University of Colorado, Smith worked hard to make it to the big time through playing at concerts during 2007 and 2008. In 2009, he gave existence to Pretty Lights and played at some of the major American music festivals. And since the establishment of his record label Pretty Lights music, he has given a lot of fresh new artists to come forth and distribute their music for free. The label tries and plays its part in doing its bit for the society through the donation it generates from the official website.

Now anyone who has heard of him would have surely heard tracks like Finally Moving and I know the Truth with creative syncing of hip hop beats, synth lines and soul samples. And his latest one, “Around the Block” is another excellent track –

 

The video is nothing out of the world but his whole setup using 21:9 widescreen monitors is nothing short of mouth-watering. And the customary reaction I get from people after listening to Pretty Lights – “Oh how I wish there were more artists like him these days!”

My Love Affair with Oasis

Commuting from home to office and back is a grueling affair in Delhi, especially if you’re reliant on public transport. The never ending bumper to bumper traffic and constant honking makes it travel of the worst kind. I like many other commuters have managed to find a way around that with the help of music. Just plug in your headphones and start your favorite playlist (or FM in some cases) and you are good to go.

Take yesterday for instance. After somehow squeezing myself into the bus and finding a seat, I just opened a random track list in shuffle mode and locked the phone’s keypad to slip it back into my denim pocket. A few peppy numbers like “Pani Da Rang” and “Drops of Jupiter” was followed by “Don’t look back in Anger” by Oasis. It had been just a few hours since I last heard it in office but the beauty of its music never wanes. I guess I was so happy while hearing the track that I hummed along a bit too loud for the co-passenger’s liking. You guys should have seen their faces when I got down; looked like to had encountered an undiscovered nuisance xD

If I am being honest, I laughed to the hilt and even felt nostalgic about it. And that’s because me and Oasis go way back. The first time I heard Oasis was at a college sleep over cum pajama party. A guy friend (who had a crush on me at that time”blush blush”) had made an mp3 CD which I took along. It majorly consisted of Oasis tracks and some other alternative rock bands. With a couple of pegs of vodka down my good self, the player started playing “Champagne Supernova”.

“How many special people change, how many lives are living strange… where were you while we were getting high…..”

That drunken moment was when I knew I had to know more about Oasis and so I did. The thing with Oasis is that I find every track of theirs very unique and that is largely down to the fact that the Manchester based band intrinsically enjoyed writing and compositions. I for one haven’t been able to pin down a top 10 from their albums even though tracks like “Wonderwall”, “Sad Song”, “Gas Panic”. “Don’t look back in Anger” and “Champagne Supernova” are standouts. Now fast forward to the present and after a hilarious bus ride, I quickly climbed to my 3rd floor apartment with a plan of what to do next. Throw the bag, pop open a beer and watch Oasis in concert. I accessed the YouTube app on my LG Smart TV and watched their “Live in concert-Argentina” vid in full HD and 3D thanks to the Resolution Upscaler feature in my 3D TV. Elder people keep echoing the same belief that Western music has changed our generation for the worst or as Noel Gallagher would put it:

“Please don’t put your life in the hands…of a Rock and Roll band…and throw it all way…..”

I think otherwise. Music is as essential a part of our life as breathing is. Why compromise on something which helps you to survive?! The ones reading this are most welcome to share your views on your own musical preferences.

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