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Lifafa Takes to Yell Rave on Eccentric Fresh Album ‘Superpower 2020’

The Fresh Delhi singer and producer would possibly per chance well well per chance also wish acquired delayed on releasing his third plump-length, but there’s twists and turns aplenty

Anurag Tagat
Jun 10, 2021

Fresh Delhi producer Lifafa aka Suryakant Sawhney. Characterize: Django Knoth

A pursuit for readability is made and abandoned (and made but again) on Lifafa’s album Superpower 2020, which released by Bandcamp on Could well simply 21st and is anticipated to hit streaming platforms later this month.

In his old excursions – the self-titled album in 2013, his EP In Hey Ko in 2014 which changed into as soon as later taken off the net and the breakout 2019 plump-length Jaago – producer and singer Suryakant Sawhney has typically journeyed on trippy terrain, lyrically delving on all issues comforting and despondent. On Superpower 2020, the foremost bellow is that of nation, countryfolk and the overall emotions that tie them collectively.

Within the works for bigger than two years, Sawhney spoke about how it changed into as soon as time to initiating the album even although he wished “it changed into as soon as in better conditions.” He added in his assertion posted online, “We dwell in one in all the preferrred experiments ever budge in the historical past of humanity. Never has so essential been compressed into so tiny and compelled to endure. The build time moves us, it’s impossible to understand, but for now, we’re a a part of it. This album is now now not about a nation but an experiment known as India and all of its of us…I had a actually sophisticated time ending this one, from both a interior most and technical point of view, but I’m hoping you hear what I hear when I hear to it, and you trot, the build it wants you to.”

Scrutinize the video for “Laash” below.

In loads of ways, Sawhney deviates from the acid-doused condo meets yesteryear Bollywood sound on the eight-track Superpower 2020 but that’s now now not straight evident. He leads listeners in with the familiar initially, harmonium at hand and euphorically chopped up buoyant beats on “Wahin Ka Wahin.” Thematically, he addresses his nation the identical scheme he started off with the title track on Jaago, but he’s moral grown loads extra ironic in his supply. Sawhney says on the track, “Tere desh mein to/Pyaar gunah hai” (To your nation, like is against the law). It’s acquired a mode of defiance worked into it in the scheme in which that recalls Shaheen Bagh, but then Lifafa dials it help to lover-boy mode on the equally comforting “Laash,” toying around with saccharine traces for a beloved till it gets weird.

That’s perchance the finest half of Superpower 2020 – in the event you have some comfort from it, it’s seemingly that you just’re cherry picking moral ingredients of the album and even explicit songs esteem “Laash.” He cleverly plays around with metaphors for propaganda on “Mann Ki Baat” over what appear esteem less complicated constructions of beats, punctuated by a booming rhythm.

Lifafa work in retorts esteem “Tatti” (shit) in an in every other case ornate, somber song esteem “Bewafa Hai Ghadi” but that can also very effectively be on account of he’s attempting to preserve it collectively when every little thing is falling apart, revealing a moment of renounce or helplessness. Sawhney dives help into familiarity with a original model of “Irradon,” assisted by producer D80 aka Anubhav Sharma. First and foremost off In Hey Ko, the shining disco-inflected dwell staple now gets stage to rapid classic build moral for sooner or later resurfacing in Lifafa’s studio catalog.

The preferrred two tracks on the album behold Sawhney sauntering in an unburdened system (at the least sonically) – on the lightheaded, bhajan-esteem intonation of “Acche Din” after which the frenzied, seemingly trot of consciousness manufacturing form of “Mandir.” Within the melee of noise and electronic blips, a realization dawns: “Bas jeena baki hai” (to dwell is the finest component left to invent).

These resigned epiphanies are Sawhney’s strength every time he locations out track, whether or now now not it’s as Lifafa or with change act Peter Cat Recording Co. It’s the soul of Superpower 2020, an album that’s aiming a long way remote from the considerably accessible success of Jaago, into more extraordinary but socially conscious geographical regions.

Hear/buy ‘Superpower 2020’ below. The album is out on all streaming platforms later this month.

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