Klashinfolk – Ali Azmat
Klashinfolk, Ali Azmat’s second solo album released in August-September (2008) and I didn’t even know about it. The reason is that I am away from the main stream Pakistani media since long. I have my own reasons for distancing myself… although at one time watching TV would consume most of my time.
I don’t know how I stumbled upon one of Ali’s songs from ‘Klashinfolk’ recently and took an instant liking. I checked the entire album online and liked most of the songs. I especially liked the interesting cover and inlay of the CD. I couldn’t find his CD since it’s been out of stock so I downloaded the songs from internet.
Many people have been raising eyebrows about the CD cover design and art because it shows Freemasonry logo and symbols. In one picture Ali Azmat is imitating Hitler’s salute. The cover and design is quite novel and it is basically this novelty which appealed to me a lot. I don’t care if Ali Azmat is a member of the ‘brotherhood’ (as some people thought) or not. Besides the title name of the album is also very unique; ‘Klashinfolk’ – Clashin’ folk – the people who clash or at loggerhead – it also sounds the reverse of the ‘Kalashnikov’!
Ali Azmat’s voice holds charm for me. Maybe, by listening to him, I sort of relive my teenage years when I used to buy and listen to ‘Junoon’s’ albums religiously (tapes at that time). I liked the music of ‘Klashinfolk’ more than the words or vocals. The words are typical like those I have grown up listening to. The vocals of Ali Azmat are good as usual. But the compositions and music is wonderful. I had liked a couple of songs from his first solo album, ‘Social Circus’ such as ‘Na Re Na’ and ‘Teri Perchaiyan’ but in my view this album is better than the ‘Social Circus’.
I still miss the band ‘Junoon’ and it wouldn’t be fair to compare this album with any of the ‘Junoon’s’ previous works.
Listening to the songs from ‘Klashinfolk’ in a low volume on headphones is a new experience that I am enjoying these days.
Here is one of my favorites: Naina
Disclaimer: This by no means is a promotional blog post. I like weird things at times so if you want to listen to the album, do it on your own risk!