Kuwaisiana releases new music
Chapter 1, the new album release by New Orleans based, Kuwaisiana, comes with a twist in the language tale with an assortment of styles to make it even more uber-interesting. The lyrics, which crossover from Arabic to English from side to side, explore some challenging subjects that cannot be currently denied are a part of the ever-boiling concerns in the political sector but they concentrate more on how to face challenges without taking sides, and that’s where the music comes in and does its duty according to singer/songwriter and leader, Azis, and his ability to multi-lingually convey their ultimately positive message.
It is not every day that something like this comes along and hits you where it counts the most, and makes you listen to the lyrics with both a playful and serious ear. But it seems that a hard thing to musically do is made look so easy by them. The album gets underway with no hesitation on “Vintage” and the band show with a minimum of fuss and bother, just how they make everything click so well. This is the case in every song, but some of them take varied description even though it musically plays like all one song.
“Murra" follows with a song that compares the bittersweet taste of coffee to life itself, as described by one source. But the great thing about this album is that everything pleases with or without the lyrics in either language making much difference even though they clearly drive the messages of the songs. The music is just as important as the lyrics and vice versa, and some of it is so integral to the New Orleans sound in general, that it’s impossible not to reckon with how well they orchestrate everything. And then “Gashxi” and “Gabba Barra” come after with the same amount of majesty.
“Nada" is the final Arabic language sung track, which is also the lightest and most playful of the Arabic tracks until singer, Axis, turns it into what is likely a track to be taken less seriously according to the vocal ambience. It ends on a high big band/swing style note, as if to say they’ve said much both lyrically and musically speaking. The second half evens the album out with some more fine tracks, beginning with “Virgin” which is a lovely tune in every way. The vocals are reminiscent at times of 80s bands, but musically off the charts compared to any such music, being much more jazzy and sophisticated as they are.
These tracks all have something vital to offer, with “Men In Power” upping things a notch with one of the best tracks which starts off as a ballad and goes beyond the static norms of most while they’re at it. This is a well-captured snapshot of everything this band are made of. They show off their musical shops here as much as on “The Journalist” with both tracks flexing their most musical muscle. Use of keys are what take these two over the sonic threshold, especially the vocals included on the former and the amount of reggae influence on the latter being noteworthy as the album sets a world class memorable standard.