হাত দুটো বাঁধা তাও দেই বাড়িয়ে -The manner in which I interpret the meaning of the line, is that the protagonist here feels absolutely powerless and invisible due to the flaws in our system; our way of life. Freedom is priceless while confinement is the greatest burden in any modern society. It is something that no one deserves, yet we all experience it at some point of our lives. But there’s always a helping hand appearing out of the blue even in such difficult times.
After six long years and with major changes in their lineup, Nemesis did not fail to live up to their expectations. The release of ‘Gonojowar’ back in May of 2017, proved to be a success as it received positive reviews from fans; both new and old. It seems that all the songs consist of messages that are meant to be serious and hold genuine importance in this day and age.
‘Janala’ is the second track in this album and probably my personal favorite (Although, it’s very difficult to choose just one). The message is quite simple due to the clever use of words and metaphors in this song. It’s very relatable on a personal level, yet there’s not much ambiguity on what’s being said. Isn’t that what makes music so great? I think the more personal you make a song, the more meaning and pleasure you can acquire from it. That keeps it open to us for innumerable interpretations and we find a sense of connection.
The song starts off almost like a spoken word or poetry and has that trademark Nemesis sound with it. All it needed was very powerful vocals and Zohad hasn’t failed to deliver, yet again. Who else could replicate the voice of Zohad striking some emotive words for the greater good? The instrumentals in it are quite brilliant as it really takes me back to the good old days as if it’s still the old Nemesis I knew of; at least that’s how it still seems to me. With Zafir Huq and Rafsan Khan on the guitars, they sound exactly how they wanted to. It’s so pleasant to see how Rafsan blended in so well with the band and relived the core components that Nemesis had always consisted of. This leaves me with so little (or none) to criticise about since Raqibun Nabi Ratul and Dio Haque sounded as if they’re in their prime. Do they even age? I really think not.
The live performances have been breathtaking as it does seem like one of those songs to sing along to; or put it on the car stereo or just sit down and embrace it while sitting in your room in complete isolation and confinement.
Sameer Mohammad Mubeen is a student of North South University.
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