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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

Nothing Is Lost Yet – Streams of Soan

When Islamabad-based post-rock artist Hasan Abbas decided on a rebrand, he chose the Soan river that cuts through Punjab as a representation of his music. It makes sense - his previous work has often had an aspect of ebb and flow to it, especially the wah-wah effects that pop up in almost every Streams of

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

Can – Block-2

Recently, most of Block-2's output has been heavily trap inspired. Just take a look at his contributions to the Forever South Hotcues series, or his popular single 'I need hardware'. But on 'Can', Block-2 goes back to some of his more muted and restrained work. One of my absolute favourites from Abdul Moiz Parvez is

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

I Now Know – Slowspin

'I Now Know' is a tender and gentle gift to another person ‘hurting more than I do’. Slowspin’s lyrics are often indistinguishable, singing in a style similar to Julianna Barwick, preferring to let the melody be the vehicle of emotion.​ But after a few listens, some words begin to blossom out, making the impact all