Vulture Prince

Arooj Aftab - Vulture Prince
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Based on 3 reviews
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Based on 201 ratings
2021 Ratings: #85
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April 23, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
New Amsterdam / Label
Chamber Folk / Genres
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The Pakistan-born, Brooklyn-based composer draws from jazz, Hindustani classical, and folk to create a heartbreaking, exquisite document of the journey from grief to acceptance.
Whereas her back catalog felt meandering and immaterial, Arooj Aftab’s Vulture Prince is cogent, pristine, and emotionally grounded. Guided by the trauma of her brother’s passing and compounded with the agony of isolation, the album somehow manages to bleed joy and nostalgia from every pore throughout its (deceptively lengthy) 7-track run. Throughout the album, we see Aftab adapting mystical poetry (“Last Night”), re-animating Hindi classics (“Mohabbat”), and ... read more
To imagine, as we must, creative difference beyond mere difference, to find purchase in this abysmal interface of Worlds; to open oneself to the Other as other, to some kernel of that irreducible heterology; to unfurl, slowly, the Symbolic consistency of the self in the very act of grieving; and to do this all while avoiding the humanist trap of easy reconciliation—such is the juncture, the project, the work, to which Arooj Aftab finds herself assenting. Weaving harp, acoustic guitar, ... read more
vulture prince is an entrancing and deeply moving album, which finds clarity and tenderness in the bareness of its instrumentation while remaining emotionally rich and rewarding. although it is primarily guided by trauma and loss, arooj aftab's familiar voice renders her creation more like a wistful and bittersweet trip through the past. light dissonance creeps in then falters on Inayaat, which starts uneasy but resolves with its mesmerizing crescendo.

when it fades and she begins to introduce ... read more
Vulture Prince is a gorgeous love letter to loss, all centered around the immense talent of Arooj Aftab, a Pakistan-born composer who graduated from Berklee College of Music and resides in Brooklyn. Aftab is not a name I had ever come across until discovering her through NPR who lobbed a great deal of praise towards her third album. That praise was more than justified, as this gorgeous collection of songs are contemplative and soothing to the core.

Somehow sparse but resoundingly full, Vulture ... read more
It's so easy and comforting to get lost in all the various soundscapes in this record. The length of each song is not an issue at all. I was craving for more actually. I was in complete denial that such talent and voice exists in this planet. It's just so beautiful.
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Added on: April 3, 2021