Abha Eli Phoboo

Kathmandu:

Remember those dingy days back in school when your teacher stared furiously at you for not being able to recite some Sanskrit-influenced Nepali poem that seemed infinitely long. Where was 1974 AD then? You wouldn’t have had to stand nervously twiddling your thumbs and trying desperately to dig a hole with your toes that you could disappear into. Rock is back and bigger than ever with ‘Pinjada ko Suga’. Learning lines? Kids now will sing it with full force. “Pinjada ko Suga”, once a revolutionary poem is now a revolutionary rock-metal song that is the “in” thing. 1974 AD’s latest album ‘Pinjada Ko Suga’ has already busted the charts. But rock is not all that this album is about.

“Chaubandi Choli” and “Gurans phulyo” live on the folk beat brought alive with the murchunga making it all the merrier. The guitar intrusions give it a slight teasing rock sound but that’s not about it. It thrives on patriotism, which is stronger in “Mildaina”. “Sakdina” has a mellow beginning and Manose’s flute gives an enchanting melancholy resonance. “Timro Mayale” is incredibly jazzy and bluesy at the same time. “Crossings”, the only English number on the album, reminds one of the retro AD tang of their first album. This album generously dips into a palette of musical genres and innovatively uses them to paint sounds that merge in harmony.

One Friday evening at Moksh, the AD was just chilling when a hollow guitar began changing hands and reached Phiroj. At Sanjay’s insistence, he played “Hid’da Hid’dai” and the silence that ensued then was one of rapture because of the sheer beauty of the song. AD reaches out to yet another age and defines music for the young and old from a musical cage that changes proportions, bars and notations. Note to be noted: These caged birds sing and sing really well. Playing by the bars really works!