CokeStudio Season 12, Episode 6, Produced by Rohail Hyatt

Previous episode links here – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Mundeya – Yes, so a ‘spanish-sque’ start of this song is the doing of some amazing string play. QB makes a quiet call first to Mundeya and I almost immediately understood that she would not be used well in the song. More on that later*. Ali Sethi joins her soon and you like the sound because how they sound together (yes, they were very good here and I was looking for a similar sound texture). QB falters majorly in the antras and you can hear her lose the tune and QB-fy the song and in not in a nice manner. Hear 1:26 to 1:33 and you know what I mean. What is praiseworthy is the back up group. Hear how they try to soften QB‘s heavy voice into a softer mood, especially at 2:02 mins with ‘sunn ve‘  Ali shines all throughout and that is nothing new. The way he complemented Humaira in  Ho Jamalo was more or less similar. Humaira‘s voice was not QB heavy, still there was an element of softness that was needed and Ali got it right there, just like here. He cannot help himself, he is just too adaptive and talented. He isn’t one of those ‘machine aided’ chaps who want to sing all ghazals but don’t have chops to hold a qalaam with the respect it deserves. Hear the way he ends this half baked song to remind yourself of the versatility of this genius. Also, I found the overall song insultingly short and hurried. It is not even 5 minutes and it gave me an impression that the studio had to vacate their premises on a clock and they just hastened the end of the song. Not. done.

Aaye Kuch Abr – The song starts with Atif Aslam trying his hands nicely with alaap-ing. He is very good because of the way he sticks to the foundation of any note and doesn’t play with the foundation. That is left for geniuses like Ali Sethi to do and boy do they do it well! Coming back to this song, it starts around 1:28 mins in the track. An evergreen qalaam of Faiz is elevated by a largely acceptable singing of Atif and an excellent Sarod play. The sound of this track comes across as delicate and it has those ‘evening guitars’ for company to make us all go weak in our knees. Oh what a magnificent riff of Sarod within the antras, especially during the first one…hear how calming a minor riff of Sarod can be right after hisaab (2:54 mins in the song), in the first antra. The song picks up pace more and assumes the characteristic of the new age ghazal, similar to Ali Sethi’s** Gulon mein rang bhare. There is a more spaced out music arrangement in this track and that is a exactly how Ghazals should be treated. I wonder what was in Rohail’s mind when Harmonium was silenced in Gulon mein rang this season. This one is a good track but there are a few things which are missing. You can sound well if you are Atif, that is God Given but retaining the sharp edges around the limitations as a singer (lack of Pakka alaaps, not for showing off but to romance with the tune) clearly is an impediment for Atif. I would not pay to listen Atif sing Ghazals. Also, no hurry to leave the studio in this case, apparently.

Bo Giyam – has Kashif Din and Nimra Rafiq are very good in this song but the first thing that will hit you is the soul calming, breathing flute. Kashif has a texture and niceness in a voice that is very easy to like. The string play in the song sounds like a little kid playfully jumping down on a staircase. The structure and mood of the track is linear with no room nor suitability for any major variation and both Nimra and Kashif make a meal of it. Although I was not all that happy to hear the Urdu part in the song but it is a credit to Nimra that she has been largely clinical and has done justice to the feel of the song. Excellent and the most mukammal song of the episode, oh and also, this is 5:41 mins long. So no hurry here either. Great! Not!

*I have always said that QB’s voice is a touch too heavy for light songs. She needs to be guided by a producer that teaches her to not hold on to the ‘ya’ part of ‘Mundeya’ in a light song. With a playful track in your hands, you throw words in jest and not hold on to them to convey your seriousness. I will go back to her unplugged ‘Ankhiyan nu ren de’ for intensity. I have not found a single light song from her and that is injustice for an artist as talented as QB.

**Hear the pitch of Ali in Mundeya. Ask yourself who else can floor you with a delicate whisper of a song as well as take your breath away with a high pitched delivery. It is the Riyaaz and Hard work***, stupid!

***Hardwork doesn’t mean hard work on the autotune equipment, boy!

While there is a large symmetry of presentation this year, I am just appalled by the sheer mismanagement of the property. Pilfering of songs before release, uneven releases per episode, Youtube issues. No free download option. Do all the problems wait to mar the proceedings only when Rohail Hyatt comes to the Studio?

35 thoughts on “CokeStudio Season 12, Episode 6, Produced by Rohail Hyatt

  1. Hey Rohwit, there’s one more song in this episode called Tiri Pawanda by Harsakhiyan with a tune similar to Moomal Raano from season 3.

    It is uploaded on facebook.

    1. Rohwit . I heard LOVE FROm LAHORE by ali sethi on soundcloud and realized y you are so obsessed with him . Its not just his singing but HIM himself which is apecial and u seems to be a part of him !!!

  2. Rohwit . I heard LOVE FROm LAHORE by ali sethi on soundcloud and realized y you are so obsessed with him . Its not just his singing but HIM himself which is apecial and u seems to be a part of him !!!

  3. So I was revisiting this season and realized that this season has given us way more than what we deserve.The subllime,the divine and the highs of sprituality;the mellifluous and sweet;the throes of love and seperation and the lows of romance.What did we ever do to deserve Rohail Hayyat? With just one come back season,he has pulsated the decaying show with life.He is the last relic,our last connection to the old school music that used to be food for soul.In this new age,every type of music comes with a whole set of new demands.It excites,incites,exhilarates but always adding up to the swarm of rioting emotions that keep on grouping up in our troubled hearts and stressful minds.Be it K-pop,American hip hop,modern rap or bollywood.They would give you so much but wont take it away that needs catharsis.leaving it for Rohail to make music therapeutic ! Is there any hope for us for music without Rohail?
    long live Rohail Hayyat! keep producing melodies of love,peace,harmony and humanity!

    1. I agree with everything about the state of music but I disagree with the way the season turned out. Nothing exhilarating at all this time. I hope they plan things better and look for rights of songs before they pick them, rather than not having them on YT. There was too much spotlight on Atif and While I loved Wohi Khuda hai, there is nothing else that held its own. I can go on and on but having said all that, This season was not loud (except Bagga), which was a relief.

  4. My point is,to me just one song Hairan hua is worth more than last three seasons combined.I was just focusing on the return of Rohail and how much this matters.How the copyright was messed up and the tried lineup,thats another issue.of course im waitng for your detailed roundup of this season.

  5. By the way did i get this dp by an automatic process ? the emoji looks rather displeased.let me reiterate how pleased im with this site and your reviews…

  6. Thanks.You leave it to the readers’ discretion.You have quite a fan following on youtube in the comments section.Did you read Rohail’s interview that published in Dawn? It is so rare to get that much frank glimpse of the man.

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