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Listen to the lovely ‘No Funeral At All’ from ‘Causing a Tiger’ (2010)

Throwback to 2010's experimental album 'Causing a Tiger' from musicians Carla Kihlstedt, Matthias Bossi and Shahzad Ismaily. Ismaily, born to Pakistani immigrant parents, is an incredibly talented self-taught composer and musician, currently based in New York. 'No Funeral At All', the lovely tender opener to the album, has elements of Northern Pakistani folk music to it

New music this week – February 2017

Lots of new music released this week: A Sudden Sullen Turn - Asfandyar Khan Ambient artist Asfandyar Khan, also known by his electronic alter ego TMPST, has released a melancholic new track in a 'A Suddent Sullen Turn'. The last we heard of Khan was his contribution to the Forever South Collections Vol. 4, but it's good to

Listen to the 8 minute epic ‘Azka’ from Distorted Minds

Karachi electronic duo of Kamil Bader and Saad Memon aka 'Distorted Minds' ignore all structural cliche's and create a hypnotic, almost meditative track that remains stoic and untroubled throughout. With longer tracks, especially those over 7 minutes, the need for some kind of build or breakdown seems almost a pre-requisite. On 'Azka', though, there's a

Cheemgadar dials up the weirdness on Adambezaar Part 1 and 2

Here's a claim, but I'll stand beside it: Cheemgadar is an evident postmodernist. He flips quickly and easily from real honesty and vulnerability on 'Endless Summer' to this two-parter 'Adambezaar', with an artwork of a stock party emoji with watermarks. Like most postmodern culture, any real feeling has to be immediately undercut with an ironic

Spirare releases new track ‘Dream’s Edge’

Spirare, a Lahore-based musician, has released the second track of a forthcoming release '100 Fathoms'. Spirare's music is fiercely ambient and often opaque, blurring the line between ambient, drone and soundtrack (it's hard not to think of the cosmos when listening to a Spirare album). She rarely gives you much, if anything, to hold on

Sikandar Ka Mandar release music video ‘Shehri’

Sikandar Ka Mandar's latest music video is a satirical critique of middle class attitudes and a social media generation. In the video, the band road trip across Pakistan in a stolen truck, an interior selfie of which is posted to Facebook of course. They light their cigarettes on other people's newspapers, and steal bananas from

Patari announce ‘Patari Tabeer’

Music streaming service Patari have just announced 'Patari Tabeer', a new initiative bringing together six lesser known artists and folk singers and pairing them with electronic producers. No wait, don't roll your eyes yet! It may sound very similar to Coke Studio - a narrative designed to tearjerk - but Tabeer does something a little

E Sharp detail new album

Karachi band E Sharp released their debut album Bahadur Yaar Jung back in May of 2015. Ahmed Zawar has given a few details about the band's sophomore effort via twitter. The follow-up will have 11 new tracks - a welcome number after the bruising 21 tracks of Bahadur - and will be a '180 degree