shaam-o-seher hai khauf-e-dharam
yeh kaisa khuda yeh kaisa sharam
adab nahi wujud, hisab hai bayaan
majboor hokar hai yeh sahi
saahil subah kashti zameer
likha hai yeh nahi zehen mein chipa hain kahin
Hai karegar zameer insaan kahaan,
dhunde sukoon ab jahaan milta jaza
sabar mein sukoon ab kahaan
bas rosh ka zehen mazhabeen ab dosh ka
Kaabil hai yeh zameer, samajh sake fakeer,
zaalim khuda nahi, insaan mazhabi.
Other Songs By Iram
In an almost fairytale like story, Neil Simon and Gaurav Govilkar met at a local gig. They were smitten by their common affinity for soulful acoustic sounds. They formed a band called Iram and started composing music. One year down the line they finally gave birth to their lovechild in the form of a great debut EP, named ‘Azal’!
It’s not surprising that the band mentions the likes of Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree as their key influences. The entire EP reeks of lush dreamy sounds. With rich acoustic elements at its helm, these five tracks maneuver you through a somber atmospheric trip.
Neil’s control over the Urdu dialect matched with the sufi-ness of his voice and introspective lyrics really drive this EP home. It’s a treat whenever the subtle instrumentation fervently blends with the powerful vocal arrangement.
There’s a great instrumental track called ‘Descend’ to freshen your sonic palate. The EP seems well arranged and mixed. A personal favorite track would be the delightful ‘Aaina’, the more urgent and heavier of the lot.
Sometimes the EP seems arduously long and needlessly lingers in certain sonic spaces. It could have been a bit tighter and thus more impactful. However, it’s a solid debut effort to say the least. There’s no doubt that the duo are a nostalgic gem in the growing sounds of the electronica. ‘Iram’ means shining and we hope these crazy diamonds shine on!