Natasha Noorani’s Laiyan-A Colorful Pop Track

The video is eye-catching. It gives a fashion statement that includes ‘Rapunzel’s dotted braid to the colorful popsicle crown to the high-collared floral sari.’ It is a trio, “isolation and desire for communication and connection”.  

Natasha has always stood out from the crowd for her unique style. She has added flavors to modern music with old Pakistani pop-ish sounds. Her latest single, ‘Laiyan’ is proof of that. It is a colorful pop track that makes you dance on your feet. It has been produced by Talal Qureshi. The full album will be released by the end of this year. We can’t wait for that.

If you are wondering about the lyrics, they give you a feel of ‘lambi judian’ and ‘laiyan laiyan’. The video is eye-catching. It gives a fashion statement that includes ‘Rapunzel’s dotted braid to the colorful popsicle crown to the high-collared floral sari.’ It is a trio, “isolation and desire for communication and connection”.   She said, “One is a take on Rapunzel but it’s not Rapunzel in a generic way, it’s just her in that isolated space and she’s waiting to catch a signal, to be able to speak to her loved one in that situation. And the other character I’ve posted has a lot more structured focus on it. There’s a conveyor belt in front of me, the movement of which will be very obvious in the video. You’ll notice different types of communication that are on the belt — it’s all based on how communication goes through different types and modes.”

She added, “The video depicts me not just waiting for a call but trying to make that connection, dropping signals and all of this continues to happen over the course of the video. And in the song also it says ‘lambi judaiyan humko nahi hain manzoor’. It’s a declaration of love in that space.”

This is a modest tribute to the old era where communication devices were different. The lyrics can be interpreted as one feels like. . “I will leave that up for you to decide. Even in dosti yaari [friendship] it’s very hard post-Covid to have these long-distance friendships so I feel like it is up for [interpretation] but the lens through which I wrote it was definitely more romantic.”

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Tala Qureshi is the producer of the album. They both have been working for quite some time. . “There’s a lot of overlap in his musical language and mine, and I think that I was able to find a space where I could develop melodies, write lyrics and develop music that was very relevant to me today. Talal is magnificent in that he’s very open to lots of ideas and keeps pushing me. As a producer he has been super inspiring and keeping me in line to figure out my own sound. I think this release is also a culmination of that. Most of the album has been produced by Talal with two songs by Abdullah Siddiqui. This specific collaboration is a Talal one.”

She also shared how she came up with the song and the inspiration for it.  “The process of writing a song and sharing that with massive audiences is revealing a lot of yourself. I just hope that people manage to hear what I’ve attempted to do, the feelings that I’m trying to get across, and the stylistic difference in my writing. I’m hopeful that it will have some kind of impact.”

The lyrics for the song are:

Mein laiyan laiyan

Dil apna apnay se duur

Lambi judaiyaan

Hum ko nahin hain manzoor

Taxi bulaiyaan

Manzil hai buss teri rooh

 

Bachpan Ka tu khilona

Meray khwaabon ko perona

Saathi hum banain

Aa mujh se phir milona

Hamnawa meray banona

Behla de

 

Mein laiyan laiyan

Lambi judaiyaan

 

Tu ne kheechi dorr ab

Kani de dil ko ab

Hawaaon mein mil ke

Urri teri or ab

 

Haath mein haath

Tu mil gaya

Sohniya

Rehna meray saath har pal

 

Haath mein haath

Sab khil gaya

Sohniya

Rehna meray saath har pal

 

Mein laiyan laiyan

Lambi judaiyaan

Taxi bulaiyaan

Mein laiyan laiyan

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