Genre-transcending musician Humeysha (Zain Alam) draws on a diverse range of influences–quite possibly more than you can imagine. Perhaps social justice newspaper The Pacific Standard described him best: he’s an artist that draws influence from all over, including shoegaze masters My Bloody Valentine, the Bollywood film scene, and even Qawwali, a quite particular “genre of devotional Sufi music”. And while a description of that caliber might be a bit of an intimidating sell for anyone simply looking for a chilled out summertime jam, be assured that Alam easily manages to wear both hats at once.
Alam’s single, “Nusrat on the Beach,” is his first new music since last year’s Departures EP, and off his short forthcoming EP of the same name. Blending hints of bleeding psychedelia, gratifying chords, and even samples of the ocean, “Nusrat on the Beach” is the perfect beach music to space out to. There’s also a touch of the South Asian influences that Alam has built his signature sound off of–the instruments that he uses pay tribute to the music that he encountered throughout his travels in South Asia. Held together by Alam’s drawn out vocals, “Nusrat on the Beach” itself emits a tranquil aura, achieving a sense of mystical perfection.
The song may be named after Pakistani musician Nusrat and his journey at the beach, but just one listen and you’re right there with him.
Nusrat on the Beach EP will be released on August 2, 2019.
Li-Wei Chu is a recent graduate from UC Davis who majored in Cinema and Digital Media who also briefly studied film at Queen Mary, University of London. Li-Wei is obsessed with horror films (especially the ones that give him nightmares), films from East Asia, and really, any film that makes you stop and think.
He loves talking about film and indie music with others. He’s also a record collector and cross-stitches when he has free time. In the future, he hopes to be able to write about film and wants to find a job in the film industry that can support his record buying habits. Maybe one day he’ll also be able to play the guitar.