Blending languages to convey a universal sentiment of helplessness and waiting, Shumaila Hemani's original song Anticipation bears a visceral emotionality and a deep musicality - expertly ushering listeners into a place of contemplation and consideration. Also known as Oak Tree Acousmatic, Hemani lends her soaring voice to the song of trepidation and trial with skill and delivers an acoustic experience unlike any other.
The use of both English and Urdu gives this song a specific gravity - forcing listeners of either nativity to hear the story told beyond their own bubble. Vocally, this performance bears an impressive amount of emotional vulnerability - something that listeners will respond to, especially in conjunction with these thought-provoking lyrics. The use of just acoustic guitar as the instrumental backing is lovely. Well done!
Listeners seeking a musically authentic expression of frustration and isolation will find Anticipation to be a prophetic and poetic composition, and with lyrics expressed in both Urdu and English, the potential reception and impact of this song is massive! Thank you for the opportunity to listen in! - Jon Wright.
Reviewer: Jon Wright is a trained multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and music educator with nearly twenty years of experience in the field.