Album Review Astral Projections by Khaliq
Having been given a copy of this album from the midlands based band, Khaliq, to review I wasn’t sure what to expect. Well, I was pretty much blown away. Khaliq is both the name of the band and their front man. The album is hugely commercial, blending influences from the east and west and using instruments to reflect this. Strong clear vocals mix with some very well put together tracks. You don’t know what is going to come your way next – from the rock charged ‘Where Is The Love’, the Paul Weller styled ‘Wild West’ to the great tribute to George Harrison ‘World Alone (while my sitar gently weeps’. There isn’t a bad track on this album and I enjoyed every minute. The single from the album ‘Shine On’ is already getting some great reviews.
The collaboration that produced the ‘Astral Projections’ album is really strong. Produced by Gavin Monaghan (Elvis Costello/OCS/Robert Plant), the music rattles with raw emotions. Songs about everyday life, money ,hopes & dreams are pages torn from your diary. With supports with Jon Fratelli & Steve Craddock (OCS/Paul Weller) everything really comes together well. Khaliq is already planning to write some new tracks with Steve Cradock.
His band name as well as his own, Singer/Songwriter Khaliq, blends the likes of Zeppelin, Weller, Beatles, Stones creating a unique wave of sound. Khaliq are a U.K. guitar based band with a difference. An uplifting sound that floats on a magic carpet.
Khaliq are on an ongoing local & national tour to support their release. Watch out for the dates – you won’t be disappointed.
Khaliq‘s music can be purchased on iTunes and I would urge you to listen.
Review by Doug Duffin