Two weeks ago, UK-based Pakistani Usama Siddiq released a song called “My Only Crime” which is part of a three-song EP titled “Crossroads“. This grungy-blues sound is a refreshing contribution to Pakistan’s DIY music scene which mostly comprises of indie-rock and folk.
Siddiq, who is also part of a local prog-rock band called the D/A method, worked on this solo EP with bandmate Umair Dar who played guitar on one of the songs and produced all three songs.
What I love about “My Only Crime” is how the song is reminiscent of two of the most influential musicians that I personally admire. I would sum up the song by saying its very Muddy-Waters-meets-Eddie-Vedder and because of the special place both blues and grunge music has in my heart, this song is what I have been looking for in the Pakistani music for years.
Siddiq’s upcoming project is a debut album titled “Back to the Basics” and based on the response he got on his EP, this is one of the few new releases I’m looking forward to.
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