Got this new single in from Humeysha, that is giving me solid good vibes. Reminiscent of Panda Bear, the dream-pop single “Nusrat on the Beach” features steel drums, analogue synthesizers, and rich vocal harmonies.
Written and conceived in India by Zain Alam, Humeysha channels diverse influences, echoing sounds from New York to New Delhi.
“Nusrat on the Beach” is a namesake and an ode to one of Humeysha’s greatest influences — Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the Pakistani artist called the “Shahenshah-e-Qawwali” or “Emperor of Qawwali,” a form of devotional Sufi music popular in South Asia.
The chorus interpolates the melody of one of Nusrat’s most famous songs, Yeh Jo Halka Halka Suroor Hai (“Oh, this mild intoxication”).
Lyrically the song brings Nusrat into a surreal dreamscape on the beach–what would happen if the legendary singer was born on the coast? What if he decided to stray from the traditional path of qawwali practiced by his family for generations, or the traditional expectations of such a man, in terms of what career he should follow and who he should marry?
Packed with depth and engulfed in surf-pop vibes, listen to “Nusrat on the Beach” below.