Keeray Makoray
Island In The City


3.5
great

Review

by OmairSh USER (31 Reviews)
June 3rd, 2020 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Alright I’ll get to the funking point, this grooves like nobody’s business and has been my recent addiction. “It’s driving me INSAAAANE!”

Keeray Makoray is a young Pakistani Progressive/Funk Rock band started by a group of friends with a desire to compose poignant English Rock music. They’re a bunch of very technically adept players, as demonstrated in their other more recognised Progressive Metal/Djent band Takatak, but they leave those technical tricks in their locker in exchange for soul.

‘Funky’ and ‘groovy’ are two words that constantly hover in mind while traversing through Island in the City's 23 minute duration. The guitar work is extremely tasteful, whether it be in the form of melodic rhythms or rich leads A variety of clean tones are on display here, as well as sumptuous effects, and the ever so reliable Wah pedal. Saxophonist Jibraan Saeed guests on here and is just brilliant. Doubling the rhythms at places, while playing tastefully phrased solos other times, but most importantly always remaining melodic. Subtle flourishes of keyboard patches sprinkled across the EP also contribute to the album’s alluring aesthetic. Nothing’s overdone here, and every musician is given ample space to leave a mark in the compositions.

Vocalist Altamash Sever is a powerhouse and uses his full range here. The songs provide him with the perfect platform to shift from playful & catchy melodic lines to raspy high pitched screams, while scattering harmonies across the album. My only gripe is that at times he strains his voice too much, which can be grating. Still young, his voice will only continue to improve, as well as his use of it. There are so many satisfying performances on here, including the groovy bass playing throughout the album, but the drumming is just cosmic. Though Daud Ramay possesses immense technical ability, here he exclusively channels his spirit of groove and drive, constantly supplying infectious beats, rhythms, and fills. [In. The. Pocket.] The fact that his drums sound great doesn’t hurt either.

Island in the City nearly resembles a movie in its pacing; introducing you to the characters and setting the tone with “Noni” before throwing a wave of emotions; first with the intense & aptly named “Sun” followed by the moody instrumental “Ebb”, ultimately leading to the climax delivered by the title track (which exemplifies everything that's great about this band and is a must listen), and finally ending with the sort of “cigarette after sex” moment in “Sun.” Although this pacing is absorbing, the sonic aesthetic is a little too consistent, and unfortunately that’s a bit of a leash for this EP. Distorted guitar tones do make an appearance, but it’s close to a cameo, which is a shame since a larger presence would have brought some more variety to proceedings. The saxophone could also have been integrated even more in the form of melodies and leads. Mix wise the album is a bit erratic as well. In some places it feels expansive and layered, while at other times it can feel congested. It doesn’t severely hamper the listening experience, but it certainly could have augmented it with a consistently spacious mix.

Having said all that this album is still very enjoyable, and at only 23 minutes it's not a taxing listen either. The great George Carlin even makes a cameo appearance as an Easter egg. Well done boys, very well done.

Recommended Tracks
1. Island in the City
2. Ebb

The band's SPOTIFY page: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2bgp2qJyRHVScGU5gckPey

1. Island in the City (MUSIC VIDEO) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XCr5cJbSmw&list=TLPQMzEwNTIwMjA-EubodrykGQ&index=4
2. Full EP [22:55] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFfSU14OS8A&list=TLPQMDIwNjIwMjCCTjqgY XfVZA&index=4




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OmairSh
June 3rd 2020


16236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I've really enjoyed this. At the VERY least check out "Island in the City", so funky, SO GOOD. Band's on Spotify, Apple Music, etc.



On a bit of a reviewing spree for some reason



Here's EBB: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tWDZ7NEpCc

Digging: Jim Matheos - Away with Words

bloc
June 4th 2020


61689 Comments


Overall this reminds me a lot of Thank You Scientist

Music shreds, but I am not too fond of the brass or the vocals

Digging: Fluke - Puppy

OmairSh
June 5th 2020


16236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Oh not even the brass? Cool cool gotcha, I know it can be an acquired taste for sure. I've been enjoying it a lot recently, especially the sax and vocals haha. Love the drumming as well



LOVE that new avi btw damn O_O

bloc
June 5th 2020


61689 Comments


The brass is kinda in the back so I can live with it. But the vocals are kinda grating unfortunately. Everything else rules

And thanks man haha, one of my fav movies

FR33L0RD
June 7th 2020


2726 Comments


Nice review m8, gonna groove this!

Digging: Paysage d'Hiver - Im Wald

Mythodea
June 14th 2020


4894 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hey Omair, a bit late to the show. What a gem you've undug, once again! Even if I'm also not fond of the vocals, the rest is excellent. I think it's more organic and natural than Thank You! Scientist, and the brass section just elevates the whole piece. Ebb works great as a middle piece for the album's flow (I don't know if the vocalist aimed for a ''Great Gig in the Sky'' type of solo, but that raspiness is better to me)

OmairSh
June 14th 2020


16236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Its never late hermano :-). Glad you're enjoying it! Hadn't listened to it in a few days and your bump led me to listen to it all again haha



Yeah I know his vocals can be grating, especially when he's constantly in the higher register, but its something I've gotten acquired to. I love his timbre (I've been listening to his voice for a while so that probably helps :-P). And YESSS I LOVE the brass integration. So seamless and tasty. Drumming is also super tight



"Ebb works great as a middle piece for the album's flow"

Agreed. Its the perfect mid point for the EP, and I like how its mostly instrumental with the vocal wails from Altamash

Mythodea
June 14th 2020


4894 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The YT algorythm seems to love Island in the City, because after the EP it played a live version and then the official video. The playful guitar intro is staying with me now forever.

OmairSh
June 15th 2020


16236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Haha it wants to get you hooked! I don't think the algorithm's even given me 3 in a row :-D



Island in the City's my favourite track by far man. The playful intro, the catchy chorus, and that transition that happens midway through with the SUPER funky wah & groovy drumming, then the solo, and the final outro section. Hngggghhhhhhhh so good

ventoknabo
June 15th 2020


54 Comments


I funked a groove once. I was told to leave the premises.

OmairSh
June 15th 2020


16236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Did you oblige, or did you keep funking that groove?





CUZ I'M LEAVING THIS TOWN

I FEEL NO REMOORRSSEEE

Mythodea
June 15th 2020


4894 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

How the how did they manage to shoot that video with SO MANY FLIES OMG DUDE THEY'RE NEAR YOUR MOUTH!

OmairSh
June 15th 2020


16236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I KNOW DUDE, I can't believe he was okay with that. It was obviously intentional for that scene. Keeray translates to insects, so I assume they wanted to show some insects in their first music video XD.





I would NOT be able to. Nope nope nope

Mythodea
June 15th 2020


4894 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It makes sense now, but nooooope. Wouldn't utter a word. And the dude doesn't miss a syllable.

OmairSh
June 15th 2020


16236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah man, I ain't even lying on the grass. Fuck that! But I have to admit he's dedicated :-P



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