Kamijee -- Jeevan

Kamijee’s understanding of the music genre and his experience is collected in his new album, Jeevan. It spans over 10 tracks of diverse compositions that are inspired by classical and contemporary music.

The album also features eight musicians across each of these tracks, which goes to show the diversity available in one album. According to his website, “Jeevan is an album that explores various themes. But mostly it is about our true companion that goes with us on the journey of life. This companion is time.”

The title track features Rahat Ali on supporting vocals whereas the track itself is a power ballad complete with prevailing guitars provided by Sayyam from the band Gurus Trilogy. It immediately sets the tone of the album and is clearly the track which has received the most attention.

The following track, Tum Ho Khafa, features Ali Raza on vocals. Though the track is more of the same, it is the vocal camaraderie featured on the track between Raza and Kamijee that plays out interestingly. The lyrics of the song are provided by Shoaib Mansoor.

Kamijee has a unique sound, and at the beginning of the third song, at the strum of the sitar (played by Imdad), you realise the effort he has put in to make each song sound unique. Again, Sayyam’s guitars under careful direction by Kamijee, bring about a powerful force within the song. This time they are accompanied by the vocal rendition of Mohammad Ali.

Na Janey features Glen John (Gurus Trilogy) on vocals whilst Sayyam continues to rock it out on the guitars. The track has a foot-tapping melody, making it probably the most infectious track on the album.

Arooj Aftab is featured on the ever-so-tricky English track. It’s not surprising that Kamijee ventures towards the English language on this album, he’s spent the last six years abroad and the album itself is available on iTunes and Amazon. Unfortunately, this is one track sticks out like a sore thumb. Not because it’s bad, but because it has a feel unlike any of the other tracks. But a good effort put into it nonetheless.

Half-way through the album is You & Me, a track that shows off the musical prowess of Kamijee. A pure fusion and progressive track, it is short and sweet, which makes you want to put it on repeat.

Rahat Ali joins in again on Har Dum, a special track as it features Oud Guitars as played by Naser Mua. The sound of the album changes drastically here and gone are the harsh, loud and rocking guitars. In its place is a much mellow sound as Kamijee lets us hear his melancholy side.

Yeh Shaam features Hamza Jameel on vocals as Sayyam returns for guitar duty. One of the poignant Vital Signs tracks, it has been covered on and off by various young bands. Kamijee’s cover doesn’t sound drastically different, however it does sound more rocky compared to the ballad that it originally was. Definitely an interesting cover to listen to.

And now for the remix. DJ Ali Mustafa provides a sped-up, remixed, popped up version of the title track, Jeevan. Clearly a bid to try on the Indian market, the song feels rather like a cheaper version of the title track which is light years ahead.

Finally, at the end of the album there is a track written especially for Junaid Jamshed. Allah Hu is a somber yet powerful number written by Kamijee himself. It sounds as if at the end of the album he is giving thanks for the chance given. It makes sense as this album is a worthy listen from start to finish.