Coup De Grâce: A ray of hope from music industry of Bangladesh

Ayan Soofi | Published: 00:00, Jun 24,2018

Song Review

A screenshot from the music video of Crunch's Coup De Grace

Does it ever happen to you that you listen to a song from a fairly obscure entity and the song affects you much more than it should? I don’t know about anyone else but it surely does happen to me. Coup De Grâce by Crunch is one such track that got me thinking about the most fascinating untold story of Dhaka. That’s how good the track is.

Coup De Grâce is a part of Crunch’s debut album ‘Mad Volume’ which came out on December 1, 2017. Though it’s one of those albums which give one a hard time while trying to choose a favourite song, Coup De Grâce is one track which leaves an enduring mark among the listeners.

This soundtrack tells a fascinating story of Dhaka. The story is of the underground music circuit of Dhaka, a chronicle of the collective of lone sages and the spirits of revolution which defined the three-decade old promise which never really kept its pledge.

This development which was largely centered around on Russian Cultural Center, National Library Auditiorium, Goethe-Institute did not come close to meeting our aspirations of alternative music scene. But time and again, we stumble upon an act of brilliance on the face of arrogant lethargy. These tracks fuel our dream of a sustainable and vibrant Bangladeshi alternative music industry. Boy oh boy, Coup De Grâce does strike those chords spot on with an amazing vocal.

What’s refreshing about the track is its utmost sincerity to uphold the orthodoxy of the hard-rock genre and disregarding the puny attempts of fusion culture. Sometimes the art is to just excel within predefined and traditional boundaries.

The quality of music production also deserves some credit as the arrangement is brilliantly proportioned. For me good music is something where no particular sound dominates the track rather every single instrument knows its roster and just comes together with perfect harmony to aptly relay the mood of the lyrics.

But the best bit about the track is surely the lyric which was written by Zubier Abdullah. It has a sort of ‘Catcher in the Rye’ effect while the rye narrates the story of hypocrisies of 50s American Northeast’s society, Coup De Grâce talks of that same angst and alienation but set in the context of present day Dhaka.

Crunch’s vocal Shovon Ahmed’s classical music credentials come alive in the track in a rather sneaky manner. If one observes keenly, it will become evident that there is an element of dynamic balance in the track despite the apparent distortions. I guess this is the remnant of those classical music classes of his childhood.

Shahed Mo Rahman and Avra Barua on guitars did a brilliant job of giving the defining character of the song. While Arka Basak topped it off with some dominant bass playing. For a change, this was really easy on the ears. The drums were manned in sync by Waseque Abdullah.

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