Music is something a lot of people take very seriously – sometimes too seriously. When in reality all music is the same thing set to a different beat. It’s really all about how you like your tales of love, loss and life to sound. Some want to forever dance, others want to thrash with metal and then there are those who keep it classic with the opera. Well it’s time to broaden your horizons and take on something new and that’s what Rimi Basu is hoping to do with her Bollywood style. She wants to take it and give the Western culture a taste of what it’s all about with her latest, The Unveiling.
Being an American – my depth of knowledge about Indian culture started with having one friend growing up, watching Bend it Like Beckham and then hearing about Slumdog Millionaire. So this was honestly the first time I’d spent a healthy amount of time actually listening to Bollywood type music and since it wasn’t in English – it made it that much harder to grasp but in the end I was able to find my way around it.
The Unveiling starts out with “Surmayee.” Not knowing what to expect, I really thought a country track was going to start. That’s the thing though, Rimi isn’t coming into the Western world cold – she’s taken elements of American music and tossed it in so that people like me can hear something relatable and be like, “I’ll give this a chance.” Overall the song sounded like it was celebratory. Then there was “Mat Ja.” It had a great wind instrumental intro that was inviting and made you think of a lavish dance floor. The same can be said of “Maahiya.” This one had so much energy I wondered what the nightlife in their culture was all about, because it sounds like a wild night out. Back to the east-meets-west though – “Keh Du?” definitely adopted some hip hop vibes while the record closed out on a bit of an electronic note with “Habibi” and its remix.
So in the end music is music and that’s why it’s considered a universal language. It’s the feeling the music actually evokes that some are more in tune with and that’s why I think Rimi Basu has something with The Unveiling. Her songs will definitely get more of the club going crowd that love to dance, but that’s cool – those people need more on their playlists so they’re not left with only Pitbull tracks – seriously, he’s in every other song. So if you’re a musical risk taker, or just would like to dive into some Bollywood sounds, check out The Unveiling, out now.