Whether you agree with my review or not, you should most definitely check out Akher Zapheer’s music video “Akherto La7n 7azeen”. It’s not everyday that a Jordanian indie band makes a new video, and it’s definitely worth a look. Review after the video.
I’ll start with the good and leave the bad till the end, because that would be jumping on the bandwagon and then pushing everybody out. First of all, I love the music video. It’s very pretty and it will grab your attention, very high production values, and actually tells a story. The music is quite repetitive, but in a good way. It’s a very hum-able melody.
Now for the bad bits. The lyrics are wtf-inducing. The best thing about the music video is that it distracts you from the actual words being said. They sound like a 12 year old’s first attempt at poetry. They do not tell a story, they invented a bizarre scene where everything they describe fits into the melody. I can’t see anyone walking down the street singing, “وسوق فيي شوي شوي عليمين، ولعواميد علشوباك بتتوالا”
If you don’t believe lyrics sound forced, I dare you to say the word “Btetwalla” tomorrow in a normal conversation. =D
Music-wise, I don’t really have much to say, but the song wasn’t in my opinion of the same quality as the video, something sounded slightly off-putting. There’s a double clap sound I totally OCDed over; I couldn’t stand it at all. You can also very easily forget that this song has a guitar solo.
All in all, today’s a good day for the Jordanian indie scene (if it exists). This song won’t be on my playlist, but it made me really excited about hearing other stuff they might make in the future.