Gaurav Kadu, who goes by the name of Fiddlecraft, has put out a heart-piercing single called ‘Tera Intezaar’. For this painful mood of love, a carefully crafted gloomy soundscape has been thought out by the indie musician from Bhopal who has made Pune his home now.
The song is a real jolter in the sense is that it brings out an extremely dark picture of how humanity has become today. Gaurav equates people to tombs in beautiful mosques and lifeless bodies in the middle of crowded markets. Though the narrator does not get any sleep and tosses and turns on his bed throughout the night, he will still see dreams about his lover and wait for her.
The driving message is that even we pack up and go to live in a different place, such negative thoughts and memories will follow wherever we go. Such agonizing matter is what makes up the entire song. The desolation in the vocals is provided by upcoming singer Vishrut Jawalkar.
However, the pain is taken several notches higher in the outro when an electric guitar, played by Charuvikram Singh, takes over the arpeggiated music with a vengeful outcry. Drums and bass rise like an angry wave upon which the guitar lashes out the feelings of utter hopelessness.
The lead guitar had ample space to really take off into an incendiary solo but it chose to stay within the confines and not really express itself. The wastage of such a promising musical space as well as the dehumanising agony of the song is rather baffling. Intricate Urdu words have been used very heavily in the song, which is a far cry from the simple singer-songwriter Hindi songs by indie musicians nowadays. But the words paint a dark but beautiful picture nonetheless.
Now the best part of the release is the video, shot in a single movement. Set in a factory with industrial machinery lying around, contemporary dancer Henna Raisinghani brings out the emotions through fluid and chaotic movements which hint at a breakdown. The ample floor space has been used intelligently by her, and as she runs around, the camera finds the formally dressed musicians playing in their own separate corners.
As a song, inspite of its disheartening mood, ‘Tera Intezaar’ stands on its own but combined with the video, it becomes a true reflection of the compatibility of different forms of art and its evolution.
Verdict: Bringing back Urdu into the mainstream.