Review: Rauf & Faik – “Youth 1”

Review: Rauf & Faik – “Youth 1”

Two and a half years ago I wrote about Rauf and Faik: “The Mirzaev brothers mix traditional soul and R’n’B with ethnicity and ambient, not forgetting about the addictive melodies. The full-length album “Pain & Memories” sounds conceptually and whole and plunges the audience into a pleasant sweet trance. But if you break the record into singles and let people listen to each of them separately, about half of the tracks will be tightly attached, and the viewer will walk and howl for a long time: Rauf and Faik remember melodies and sounds, not words. “

Since then, the brothers, who are still very young, have not forgotten how to write music and work with sound, but have not reached any next stage of popularity. The new record “Youth 1” basically explains why this is happening. The fact is that the guys are rather indifferent to the observance of the unwritten rules of show business and compose not only songs that are sharpened for commercial success. So the album “Youth 1” looks rather unusual at the present time, if not “strange”. It is very eclectic and during the listening several times you can get the impression that that disc has ended and played some other one. That is, instead of pressing on the same necessary and correct keys, Rauf & Faik do not hesitate to engage in pure creativity that takes them to the most unexpected places. Most likely,

Against the backdrop of stamped and stylistically impeccable releases, “Youth 1” looks great – although it’s hard to imagine that you will like every song. The album begins with the English-language and slightly “enigma-like” composition “Dream about ..” – according to which it is impossible to assume that this disc has anything to do with “Russian pop-music” at all. But already the next number “Goodbye” was recorded in two languages, and the Russian-language part looks like the most common modern fashionable pop like the Dabro group. The English-language choruses definitely give it a fresh note. And the track “Happy Hours Are Rushing” proves that the Mirzaev brothers do not have to alternate languages ​​to create a gentle ting-pop hit. The song “Votsap” begins as if Rauf and Faik are not very interested in competing with Vanya Dmitrienko, but in the process they come to taste – and the composition turns out to be quite bright. “Where have you been?” – boring R’n’B, and in “Delete” there is an English-speaking refrain and an attempt by one of the brothers to sing brutally, which few people expect.

“Gone with the Winds” is perhaps the most beautiful and melodic song on the album, which you don’t even want to split into stylistic atoms, but it is recommended to just listen and, as the hookah-rap performers say, get high. Rauf & Faik, on the other hand, prove that they can do quite mainstream hits. They can, but they do not always want to: it is much more interesting for them to experiment with R’n’B than with music for the general public.

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