Published on May 17th, 2019 | by Hype Editorial0
The First Ever Openly Gay Album To Come Out Of India, Pragya Pallavi Releases ‘Queerism’
After making waves internationally as the first openly gay artist to ever come out of India, Pragya Pallavi has now released her debut album ‘Queerism’. An album that naturally empowers, the 9-tracks feature songs in English and Hindi and cover a variety of styles including disco and EDM, hip-hop and jazz soul, Indian-fusion, funk, and dancehall – enforcing the album’s unifying concept that brings all types of people together.
Following the historic 377 verdict in October 2018 that decriminalized gay sex in India, ‘Queerism’ is a truly revolutionary album. Released on The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, Pragya’s debut album is dedicated to LGBTQIA+ communities in India and all over the world.
Easing us into the album, “Lingering Wine” is as sensual as the name suggests. The soulful composition compose a real universal appeal that can entice lovers of all genders. Transitioning into the punchy beats of “Girls You Rule” and “Izzat De”, the passion and force that accompanies Pragya’s message to the LGBT community radiates through. Incorporating a fusion element using the Nagaswaram, a South Indian wind instrument, the European and Indian crossover starts to emerge and as the album progresses to “Mama I Need You”, the blend of reggaeton-style drums and stunning Carnatic style violin riffs provides the album with a delicious multi-cultural twang.
Once “Queer It Up” is reached, a whole new sound comes into play. Welcoming the freedom and euphoria that the album celebrates, “Queer It Up” and both versions of “We Are Lgbtqi” offer several feel-good dance tracks that continue to embrace experimentation of Indian influences with heavy bass beats and up-tempo dance rhythms. An emotional alternative, the penultimate track “Rain Rain Go Away”, incorporates slow electric-guitar twangs combined with Pragya’s powerhouse vocals that make for a track that oozes passion and emotion. Finalizing in “Orange Sun”, a track that absorbs pop incentives and the emotive lyrical cry that urges a lover to ‘stay another day’, ‘Queerism’ offers a spectrum of sounds, emotions and an all-round immersive journey that radiates pride in being you are, regardless of other’s opinions.
Having had her singles that preceded the album well received internationally; seeing Pragya featured in the likes of Jeremy Vine’s talk show on Radio 2, BBC Asian Network, Pink News, Gay Times, Gay Star News, to name a few, her debut album is sure to cause excitement on a global scale.