Natasha Noorani’s magnificent stratosphere

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If you were to pretend for a moment or ten that you knew very little about Natasha Noorani and how much she had contributed to music, you would be surprised. The amount that you are talking about is quite a bit, buddy.

Even with all that (including her last EP), and if we just listen to her new LP, Ronaq, and get to know her through that alone, I think it would only take one listening session without procrastination or monkey mind chatter to become a fan of hers.

Natasha Noorani is one of the most talented artists in the world who creates catchy pop melodies tucked within electronic layers that uplift your spirits, so you have come to the right place if you follow her music. You can still find a new voyage beyond our weeping reality of today if you are captivated by the lyrical wordplay that could be stirring or playful. There is no better thing you can do than to change up your tracks, and send yourself along with the melodious current, because if you do, it will give you something more than simply songs, but music that will remain in your head for a long time to come, and will give you an idea of what Pakistani music is, and not just what it was. This is the story, avoiding personal speculation, and following along with the story as it unfolds.

Tame Impala’s ‘Yes I’m Changing’ song has a line that says: “I saw it different, I must admit/I caught a glimpse of what was to come, and I’m going after it.”

Natasha Noorani’s debut LP, Ronaq, as well as its predecessor (the EP Munaasib) describe to us the experience of being a part of a change in Natasha Noorani. They both represent a personal and transformative side of Natasha Noorani through her music. Although Ronaq and Munaasib are two very different pieces of writing, they cannot be viewed in the same light.

As soon as you hear Ronaq, you realize that emotions behind the record have changed, since it is a deliberate effort, a completely new body of work. What is the reason for this? Let me show you how to do it…

If you were to ask Natasha about the style of music the record is swimming in, she would rightly answer that it falls into the Lolly-Pop genre, a genre that she has mastered through the years. The new songs that have been released so far, along with the four previous songs, are something else entirely, and they can certainly be described in words alone, if you don’t mind us saying so.

If you explore the production side of the album a little further, it will become evident that some of the brightest names in music will be involved in the production process of this album. In the event that all the credit for producing is given to Natasha, Talal Qureshi, and Abdullah Siddiqui, each track has its own set of contributors (from writers to producers) who have contributed to the production.

The album is so gripping for a reason, and there is a reason for that. This is Natasha’s debut album that she has been working on for years.

It is perhaps the only way to fully comprehend these songs is to absorb them on their own and understand Natasha’s willingness to collaborate with other artists.

There are six brand new songs which complete the collection and paint a clear picture of the fact that this is an artist who knows what she wants to achieve and has done so, in a beautiful way. We know ‘Choro’, ‘Baaz’, ‘Laiy-an’, and ‘Matlabi’.

It is hard for me to choose a favorite song from the six brand new songs, just as it was impossible for me to choose a favorite song from the early releases from the same album. As in the Lollypop depiction, they are not random musings and show what music can be when an artist works hard to create an album that is cohesive and connected yet also has the power to stand on its own.

Our story must begin with the unreleased songs due to the finite amount of space available in our story. A song called ‘Haan, I know’ by Natasha Noorani & Zeerak Ahmed starts with an entertaining one-liner (I really like Natasha Noorani/Okay Natasha is Haan/I know) and immediately takes the listener into a beautiful electronic pop layer that might not be thumping, but this layer shines nonetheless because it is so simple in its presentation. Also, Natasha’s singing of the song, as well as the lyrics in which it is written, make it a very captivating song. The song begins with a playful line: “Cham cham cham mera toot gaya button”, before concluding with a question about why you are upset with yourself. It later crosses over into a love-sphere and is playful before admitting that she is different from you. It is impossible for you to ignore the power of this song. Talal Qureshi deserves a round of applause for his consistent production value, just as Natasha deserves a round of applause for her stunning performance. As a result Talal Qureshi is the recipient of a lot of praise from all of us.

In ‘Thandi’, our eyes are drawn to an introspective musing that observes the struggle within the heart to find the right words when the words don’t seem to come. The production by Talal Qureshi along with the words by Natasha Noorani and Zeerak Ahmed is sure to take off like a rocket towards the stars if you happen to be missing the Lollywood element. In fact, the introspection has a unique flavor because it flies so high that you begin to understand what the term Lolly-pop means. The meaning of the term comes to life after hearing it so high that you won’t be able to miss it. We are hearing a song that we had no idea was possible in the modern age of music, and this is a song that we heard when Clark Kent became Superman.

Aside from the Lolly-pop elements, ‘Nishana’ also contains a layer of electronica layered over Lolly-pop. In this song written by Natasha Noorani and Ashir, you will hear colors of romance and love that are unabashedly and with great courage described with meanings of the emotional heart. As the producers of this record put together this groovy production with a voice that is able to match it in terms of range, it is clear how skilled they are with their craft. In keeping with the rest of the album’s theme, this song also stays true to Natasha’s contribution to the genre, which she is one of the pioneers of in the modern era of music, and which distinguishes Talal Qureshi as someone who is much more than just a wunderkind who is capable of producing thumping electronic clubs.

He has created a piece that shines in this context. There is no question that the golden age of Lollywood has not been forgotten, but has been given a verve and vigor we hadn’t even imagined was possible. It is notable that ‘Raazi’ also has a hint of an emotional undercurrent and that it includes multiple writers (Natasha Noorani, Bilal Baloch, Maanu & Zeerak Ahmed) who individually achieve something extraordinary. In my opinion, Natasha Noorani, who often have a similar flair to Naheed Akhtar despite the fact that she makes no attempt to copy the latter, is what elevates it to a higher level. She shows how effective she is as a singer. I do not think there is any other song like this one on the album, and to me, it falls into the category of lo-fi electro-pop. We are not trying to make you dance and forget about, but we are trying to make you experience her diverse voice as well as the exceptional production that is the foundation of the album.

As a matter of fact, each song on this album has its own unique qualities that do not make it long, but rather make it full of individuality, much like the sunrise, reaching for the stars, reaching for those stars and being able to reach them, like a record that was conceived on earth but has its own solar system, and each song encapsulates a planet that is surrounded by a different beat, a different feeling, and a love that never fails. In part, it can be attributed to the production style of the song; in part, it can be attributed to the lyrics of the song. It would have been possible to say that Natasha has passed the Rubicon with her voice, which is one of the biggest reasons why Ronaq feels the way it does. I think there is something so uniquely distinctive about this voice that you can recognize it from a mile away, and it has grown exponentially over the years.

A light shines in the shadows, a garden that at one time seemed to be a sparse idea of flowering, but in Natasha’s company, there are flowers blooming all over a garden where sparseness has disappeared.

It is difficult to define this album merely by the credits alone, since there is so much more to it than that. But given the space available to do so, my conclusion after listening to the entire album is that it is one of those albums where each of the songs has a pulse and lives on its own and does not rely on one thing to make it a successful album. The album credits, collaborations and each song come up like the sun with catchy melodies and hooks, and an octave range that’s indecipherable because the lyrics come straight from the heart.

A round of applause should be given to several individuals in addition to Natasha Noorani. In terms of production, I believe that Talal Qureshi and Abdullah Siddiqui are the best people to do it.

As part of the writing section, aside from Natasha Noorani, who has been a driving force for the writing section, it would be appropriate to congratulate Zeerak Ahmed, Ashir, Bilal Baloch, Maanu, Salor and Annural Khalid as well.

Natasha Noorani’s talents as a vocalist, songwriter, musician, and producer have not taken anything from the album, but have given it a sense of history and knowledge. The result has been a record that can never be forgotten. It has been a voyage that shall never be forgotten.

In a release from Natasha, she said that the recording of her album did not happen overnight or even in one year, but as a result of a combination of years that have put her on the path to success.

The music is not oversaturated, which is why Ronaq will remind you once you get hooked on it that there is nothing overdone about it. During a period of life when life feels broken, and the idea of love seems like an impossibility, it will bring your faith in the power of music back to you.

There will come a time when the losses will become fainter until you will have a hard time believing that darkness is the only friend you will ever have.

When you listen to Ronaq, you will remember how it feels to dream again and you will run faster, jump higher and look at the sunrise with a smile on your face as you remember what it feels like to dream.

It is important to note that how you view this album is an individual experience, but nonetheless an experience nevertheless. As the listener will soon discover, this record is full of joy, love, beauty, introspection, and so much more. As well as being an album that reaffirms your faith in producers like Talal Qureshi and Abdullah Siddiqui, it is also one that will reaffirm your faith in the collaboration of co-writers who come from a newly emerged generation while simultaneously holding space for those from previous generations.

The many accomplishments of Natasha Noorani as a vocalist, songwriter, musician, and producer have not taken away from the quality of the album in any way, but have given it a rich sense of history and depth in its understanding

I am knowledgeable. The record she has created is one that will never be forgotten by the people who have been part of it. With the help of Ronaq, you will be running faster, jumping higher, and climbing higher as you listen to him

As you watch the sun rise, remember how it was once again to dream, and smile when you see it with a smile

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