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Modular synthesist and classically-trained vocalist Arushi Jain, the artist formerly known as OSE, conjures a passage to the netherworlds in her debut single for Boxout.fm Recordings.
As synthesizers swell and filters sweep, ‘Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo’ - written by Pakistani poet Fayyaz Hashmi about the abstract nature of heartbreak through separation, and popularised by ghazal singer Farida Khanum - provides the song’s spectral point-of-departure. Snippets of the famous ghazal are granulated by Arushi and employed as percussion to form Zid's most infallible cornerstone - an interplay between the human and the mechanical.
Voices, as taut as they are tender, play metaphorical hide-and-seek with the song’s driving kick drum and cloister the listener in a womb of sound that is blatantly emotional and beautifully fragile. Arriving at a time when futures seem fractured, Zid’s combines heritage and the present to provide you the kind of salvation you didn’t know you needed.