Saaheel Bhatia is the Bombay Masked e- fiddler aka BMe-F, an electro-rock artist from Mumbai, India. Bhatia who has been playing music for about twenty years now, has a B Mus.(Violin/ electronic music) from the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide, Australia. Notwithstanding his long experience, “Reverie” is BMe-F’s debut EP. This record speaks miles to BMe-F’s brilliance for molding sound, producing art, and his ultimate mastery of musical crafting. Putting it all out on the table, “Reverie” is easily one of the most ingenuitive record of the past year. This may put me on the chopping block, but BMe-F’s ability to seamlessly blend between genres, incorporate so many different types of production and recording techniques, sing with harmonies, and write with such creativity, makes more well renowned electronic rock masters look like amateurs in comparison.
This is not something I say lightly. You, as a listener need to understand what the Bombay Masked e- fiddler on has accomplished on this recording is no easy feat whatsoever. “Reverie” is more of an achievement than mere words could describe. The songs are that catchy and beautifully written, but even better executed.
With BMe-F you get ingenuity on two levels. On one level, you have someone with the ability to create intricate digital programming, patches, and his own new unique sounds. On the other level, you have someone who can conjure up songs with plenty of melody and harmonies, but also have the creativity to shape them into something that has atmosphere and vibrancy.
It’s hard to imagine this ultra-futuristic electronica album sounding like a modern Pink Floyd album. But in some ways it does. There are some amazing tracks, but it is the atmosphere which is truly sublime – especially on “a walk into” and “bumrarum”. On “why”, you’ll find progressions, digressions and many subtle transitions that are expertly implemented, in ways that will make you smile.
The first two tracks, “three smiles” and “make you cry” essentially fits into the progressive and psy ambient genres. The haunting robotic voices add to the spine-chilling feel, making it very difficult not to be drawn into the music. What BMe-F do is absorb the listener into the music, and drive home the emotion of the experience. To call these two songs anything short of brilliance would be a fallacy.
As you can no doubt guess, “Reverie” isn’t for everyone. If you permit yourself to be immersed into the music, and allow yourself to float away into the EP’s world then it is quite simply one of the most spell-binding recordings currently around.
It is easy to draw readings from the music and the EP itself; however BMe-F does not try to force any ideals onto the listener, venerating the themes in a subtle style that allows everyone to draw their own conclusions.
As music critics and reviewers, it’s our responsibility to listen to a record in the hopes that our experience and our vocabulary helps to describe and translate the musical geometry of shape and features of what we hear into verbal form.
Sometimes, we pull it off; sometimes we pretend to have pulled it off. Regardless, there will always come a time when we come across an recording that speaks to us in such catapulting richness, it completely takes a hold of us in both its content and its execution. This is what “Reverie” achieves.