Jind Mahiya – A slow, almost reggae like pace mixed with obvious habibi influence is what catches your attention from the first second in the song. Shuja Haider’s composition is as free flowing as his singing and even though in the BTS video, he insisted it is a chichora song, the song comes across as adorable and way too catch. This is like ‘rockstar’ without self deprecating tone and peppered with innocence. This is exactly the kind of execution that I was waiting for since the season started. The houseband played up perfectly and there was nothing over the top and surprisingly, the song sounds very well produced. Lest I forget, the dholak play from Babar added just the right amount of nasha. Easily, the first song of the season that I loved without any ‘if’ or ‘but’. Thumbs up!
Ballay Ballay – There is an old world mischief whenever Abrar Ul Haq graces the studio with his presence. This song here takes that feel higher up. Aima Baig is as usual dependable (can she get a note wrong? I guess not). I would have liked a little more thump in the song and slightly more energy perhaps. Still, the tongue in cheek traditional parts and the ease with which the song has been performed is enough to like this song and play on repeat. I loved him in Pani da bulbula and I love Abrar Ul Haq here as well.
Ya Qurban – Khumariyaan boys made me go mad. I absolutely loved what they have done here. The song, the dance, the vibe, the happiness that dripped from their soul via their song and instruments…this is vintage CokeStudio Pakistan, this is what we wait for when CokeStudio Pakistan announces a new season. You can make half talented musicians stand and ‘fuse’ their work like there is no tomorrow, but it takes a special khaalis presentation like this to blow your mind away. How about those maddening whistle? Everything, just about everything is top notch here. Not a note wrong, excellently done boys! Fun bit – check out the Game of Thrones opening credits done by the boys here – Game of Thrones Main Theme (Cover) by Khumariyaan
Balaghal Ula kamalihi – When she sings, Lord hears. Simple. These are Gulzar’s words but ring in true everytime I see (holding both ears as I say her name) Her Highness Abida Parveen. There is really nothing that comes to mind when I try to analyse this song because this here is not a track, it is devotion finding its way to our souls. A magnificent presentation…for me the song of this season. That’s it. Please explore it.
What a crackling episode this was! All 4 songs were good and really, there is nothing else to be written about the episode except that the producers deserve a pat on their back…brilliantly done!
P.S. – I hope they fire whoever managed lighting in this season and I hope they fire whoever is in charge of sound mixing.