Lahore (Muhammad Yasir) The multi-faceted musician, ethnomusicologist and co-founder of Lahore Music Meet, Natasha Noorani has released her latest single TRACE.
The first single following her EP Munaasib, TRACE features revered singer-songwriter Shorbanoor on guitars and backing vocals. Penned by Natasha Noorani, TRACE has been recorded and produced by Ali Suhail, who was also the producer behind Munaasib, with the video co-directed by Abdul-Rahman Malik (Mosiki, Black Parrot Studios) and Natasha Noorani.
The music video for TRACE can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/7SHVEV0NUcU
Indeed, Noorani has a diverse range as a singer-songwriter, playback singer and voice-over artist. Trained in khayal gayaki, Noorani was the only Pakistani to be awarded the Goethe Talents Scholarship in 2019. Noorani released her debut EP ‘Munaasib’ in 2018 which explored her diverse range as a singer-songwriter exploring her r’n’b, neo-soul and progressive rock influences. Noorani has also collaborated with various Pakistani acts including Strings, Biryani Brothers, Ali Suhail, Sikandar Ka Mandar & Gentle Robot.
With a MMus Ethnomusicology from SOAS, Noorani works in archiving, preserving and promoting 20th Century Pakistani Music. She is currently undertaking a project in the preservation of oral narratives and sound recordings pertaining to Pakistani music.
Noorani has also been deeply involved in the Pakistani music industry having co-founded South-Asia’s premiere music festival cum symposium, Lahore Music Meet (LMM) in 2015. The festival is dedicated to the promotion of Pakistani artists in a fragmented music ecosystem. Noorani has also served as General Manager for the Pakistan’s leading music platform, Coke Studio Pakistan (Season 10) and has managed Pakistani pop duo, Strings.
Noorani plans to releasing more music later this year.
Song Title: TRACE
All you became was unkind to us
Breeding decay despite trying to trust
Moments are clustered away
Forgotten more than once
Yet I built a modest daydream
My love, won’t you come and find me again?
My love, won’t you come and trace me over and over again?
My love, won’t you ask me twice?
I dreamt of atonement
Cleaning the dust over your shrine
I felt it was prudent
To adorn it with fantasy
I could not wait for you to
Follow me in to my void
Words: that would only deny me
I am but lost in a moment
You’ve stolen the fabled harmony | the faithful part of me
A moment, a moment falling apart
Could we find solace in an omen
Resting inside our scars?
I forfeit the keys to your heart
To your heart
Vocals & Lyrics by Natasha Noorani
Guitar & Backing Vocals by Shehzad Noor | Shorbanoor
Recorded & Produced by Ali Suhail
Recorded in Shorbanoor’s beautiful home
Directed by Abdul-Rehman Malik and Natasha Noorani
Produced by Black Parrot Studios in collaboration with Mosiki
Shot by Abdul-Rehman Malik and Aymen Rizwan
Edited by Ibrahim Kosar and Abdul-Rehman Malik
Produced by Bilal Khan
Lighting and grip by Rao Saleem, Fareed and Ijaz