Monday, September 28, 2009

The Sound of Wonder!

India's madcap Bollywood filmi songs have become pretty familiar to Western ears lately, but India's neighbor to the north, Pakistan, apparently had their own musicals-obsessed film industry. The thoroughly delightful new comp The Sound of Wonder! highlights this weird world of '70s Moog/ lounge/cheesy/sleazy/disco.

These songs are similiar to Bollywood fare, but without the ubiquitous female voices of Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle, who seem to do every single filmi female vocal part. I didn't realize how integral those two were to Bollywood's sound until I heard this collection - I kept waiting for those high-pitched voices to come in. Instead we get a suave male singing about playboys, an apologetic female mournfully telling some fella "I am vedy sorryyyyy," and this twangy guitar/ accordian/ scat-singing nutty nugget. The funniest part is when the flatulant Moog comes in.

Tafo (feat. Nahid Akhtar) - Karya Pyar

Listen to those Amazon sound samples. See? Am I lying?!


Anonymous said...

haha this is good man, btw bollywood isnt all asha bhosle
allow me to demonstrate ;)

Mr Fab said...

That was great!

I was LOL-ing out loud.

J-Unit 1 said...

This is awesome. I just noticed that my station has this in heavy rotation right now :)

baikinange said...

Song of the week!!

phil said...

Yeah its a great lollywood comp highly recommended