Can you teach an old song new tricks
New band Tonight, Us is the trendy addition to the indie musical landscape via Jamal Rehman of proper Brew documents in Lahore.
The band includes one of the crucial finest musicians from town, together with Ibrahim Akram, Sameer Ahmed, Rufus Shahzad and Jamal Rehman himself, all of whom have had years of expertise to their credit score.
Ibrahim, for instance, drums for Mekaal Hasan Band, and Sameer has performed with Zeb & Haniya, Mekaal Hasan and Jamal in his 15-two decades within the industry.
This time, they’ve come together for an fascinating new assignment – a brand new rendition of Jimmy Khan’s ‘Baarish’, off of the widespread Ho Mann Jahaan soundtrack. Within the new variation, Jimmy re-did his vocals, around which Tonight, Us created a new constitution for the music.
However while you hear this variant, you’ll recognize it’s a whole new tune on its own.
Whilst Jimmy Khan’s version gave the impression of a cutesy love ballad (which was once inspired by means of a possessed cat, according tothis video), Tonight, Us’ is sort of a modern electropop song with an ’80s vibe.
You may’t particularly examine the 2 songs anymore, although their melody is nearly the identical. The brand new variant opens with a fantastically synthetic drum beat and a groovy, retro bass line that units the tone for some fundamental throwback vibes which proceed for the duration of the whole tune.
This variant was accompanied by way of the above stop-movement music video with a pretend-vintage edit, which went well with the track however has been completed to dying and is fitting border-line corny. It’s 2016, distressed-outcome videos are kind of passe… until you’re shooting on exact movie.
How it happened
We spoke to Jamal Rehman to talk about the music and why they made up our minds to re-do a track instead of releasing new tune. It began with a corporate exhibit that the band used to be taking part in, and Jimmy was once a part of that line-up.
“Tonight, Us jammed the song and we had been trying exceptional ideas, grooves and rhythm structures. Iba (Ibrahim) came up with that beat and the whole lot form of flowed from there,” Jamal defined.
He brought that Jimmy’s version used to be a two-chord song with an awfully country method. The minimal chords and melody left a lot of room for Jamal and the band to play with because harmonically rather a lot might be delivered to it.
“I had a number of strategies in terms of changing the voicing, the mode for the monitor and it was in a by and large blues-y variety of position in the beginning and i transformed that to more jazz oriented voicing,” he added. “So yeah we played the exhibit and the track was received fairly good and after the exhibit we determined to document it.”
at the same time structuring the song, the drums and bass were recorded first after which Jamal began to layer synths on the monitor. When Jimmy came in to re-do vocals for this monitor, they decided to add more harmonic layering on his vocals as well as vocal-doubling. “it’s a very ’80s process. The drum beat, guitar tones and how vocals are processed as well because the sound effects borrow closely from the ’80s,” Jamal explained.
“The track will have to be regarded totally on its possess advantage,” Jamal says. “It doesn’t sound like whatever Jimmy’s ever accomplished or we have now ever done, so this is a new path thoroughly.”
The idea came to Jamal when he began curating gigs for launch pursuits. “As cheesy as that sounds, it basically means that I designed the track for the show and picked the artists and songs. Despite the fact that songs we play at these indicates lamentably incorporate various covers, we attempt to re-do them in more recent ways and on the whole attempt to take it right into a more jazz-oriented path.”
“The music will have to be considered fully on its possess benefit,” Jamal mentioned. “It doesn’t sound like whatever Jimmy’s ever carried out or we’ve got ever achieved, so it is a new course totally… normally the best praise we’ve had on it so far is that it makes one need to dance.”
Jamal brought that in relation to this rendition of ‘Baarish’, it is extra about watching at how the track is laid and the tones and strategies that lie in it. “I suppose it’s new usually for the Pakistani sonic landscape – that’s a phrase we’ve been throwing round particularly by and large – it’s new and it’s attempting to explore new territory, whether it’s triumphant or not remains to be seen.”
‘Tonight, Us’ hopes to work with extra artists on more moderen renditions of their songs, but doesn’t need to limit themselves to that. As a musician, it is fundamental to be capable to perform are living suggests as well and whilst the band has been doing that for corporate indicates, they hope to do more. “The inspiration is to make this a gigging band and no longer just a recording band.”