Hamad Sinno of Mashrou’ Leila
Music excites me in ways no other form of art can. Its universality is one of the most beautiful things to have ever come to my consciousness, and for that, I’m forever grateful that music has this otherworldly ability to make me feel alive and connected.
As I’ve mentioned a couple of posts ago, I terribly miss the awesome, awesome live music scene in Manila. Last night though, while my friends back in Manila were having a grand time at Taken by Cars’ album launch, I was at Big Day Out, Doha’s first ever (and thus, biggest) live music event. It was alright, until I had the surprising pleasure of sampling the Middle East’s biggest indie/rock band Mashrou’ Leila. They played a long-ass set, but it was worth it.
Hamad Sinno’s vocals are impeccable - I’ve always been drawn to chant-y vocal stylings, and the way he navigated through the chords of their songs was just absolutely enthralling. The band’s instrumentation is amazing too, from the heavy bass riffs to the ominous violin sequences. I managed to go through a couple of their tracks via youtube and I really, really like it. They remind me of some acts from Manila like Pinikpikan mostly because of the chanting,and the earlier Imago (think Bathala, Rainsong and Unwed - which are my absolute favourite tracks off of Probably Not But Most Definitely). Oh and I don’t know why but their instrumentation reminds me of the band Beirut, which is really funny because that’s where Mashrou’ Leila is from.
Okay, I’m blabbering, but what can I say, I fell in love with them. Not just because they are an amazing group of artists, but because in some weird way, listening to their music made me feel a little bit more grounded in this new world I’m living in.
Oh and pardon the obtrusive gigantic watermark, I was there to take photos for work so protocol, protocol!