Off The Record – EP FOCUS – Standards Vol.1, Rhafiq Bhatia

Have you ever wanted To listen to a new band or musician and not sure where to start? Well, instead of listening to their commercial music, why not start with something off the album first!  Today we look at the latest EP by Rafiq Bhatia, Standards Vol.1


In A Sentimental Mood

This song starts off very gradually and is made up of unusual string like sounds that welcome you into the world of Rafiq’s EP. The strong is a really interesting instrumental and creates a sort of ambiance that whilst is off key at times it is very different and welcomes you into this musicians world. If you are listening in headphone you may find the change in directions in this song hard to hear so closely. It feels to me like a cinematic experience sort of song and one that you would hear in a sci-fi fantasy film. This instrumental plays around a lot with fading in and out – at some points you think it has finished and it hasn’t.

The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face

This is a cover version of the Roberta Flack song and features Cecile McLorin Salvant. This is a completely different take on this song and feels like it starts as a deconstructed melody that gradually builds up with instruments and melodies throughout. If you are used to the original it may take a while to get used to this version as it is completely different and again has a cinematic style to it that if this popped up in a fantasy film, I would not be surprised. It has an eery feel to it that is sort of haunting and completely changes the style of the song.

Lonely Women

When listening to this album you feel like you are descending into the dreams and imagination of someone that is vivid and full of different routes and roads. This song to me has a metaphorical darkness to it, the bassline build up and become more dirtier thoughout the song that it feels like there is a lot of emotion behind the narrative of this melody. Again it plays with the fading in and out throughout to create different sections of the story being told which dramatically change halfway though.


The Singe Petal Of A Rose

The closing song on the EP, it feels like it has a lighter feel to it as well. Unlike the songs prior  to this one it focuses on the melody of the piano and for me personally I think it is the song I like the most on the track. It again focuses on deconstructed melodies creating an emphasis of emotion and has that cinematic feel to it. It feels a lot lighter then the rest of the EP and is a nice way to end it.

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