I had given up on Pakistani music the last few years. There was still Junoon hanging out somewhere over the horizon, and a few others, but nothing else. All the local pop/wanna-be rock music sounded exactly like what it was/is: overcommercialised rubbish. Then along came Noori:
bq. Noori are a beacon of originality in a tiresome pop infested sea of urban-folk dross. “Suno Kay Main Hoon Jawan” is a wild and tender, eclectic, inventive, richly realised debut of aspiring proportions.
>> “Pakistani Rock Music Directory 2003”:http://www.pakistanipopmusic.co.uk/index.htm
Some people have called them Pakistan’s first alternative band. While their music is not quite ‘alternative’ as per Western bands, by Pakistani standards it certainly is. Junoon is the indisputable ‘top’ band of Pakistan, but if Noori can crank out even two more albums which are as good I’d rate them up there with Junoon.
Practically “all their songs”:http://noorifans.com/multimedia/pafiledb.php?action=category&id=23 are somewhere on the internet, and there are a number of active Noori “commnities”:http://www.nooriworld.net/forum/. One of their best songs Gawalmandi Ke Siri Payai, is not on their debut album, but it can be “downloaded”:http://www.apniisp.com/album_noori_skmhj.html.
The “official Noori site”:http://www.nooriworld.net/ is under development and has an active “forum”:http://www.nooriworld.net/forum/. It’s been two years not and there’s still no sign of their second album, although they are working on it.
*Update:* There are rumours that Noori are coming out with a second album. So in anticipation, comments are closed on this entry. _(they will be open on the review of the second album)_
h4. Pakistan Music Links
* “Pak Manzil”:http://www.pakmanzil.com/main.htm
* “Noori Fans”:http://www.noorifans.com/