KIRAN AHLUWALIA Kashish Attraction (independent) Rating: NNN
There's nothing particularly overwhelming about Kiran Ahluwalia's voice. The Toronto-based, Punjab-minded singer never exactly explodes on this debut disc, but as she winds her way through a set of ghazals and Punjabi folk songs, Ahluwalia's elastic singing still demands total attention. Over stately tabla, guitar and harmonium rhythms, she slowly picks up intensity, taking control of the songs as she snakes through the octaves and making the ancient and stately songs sound remarkably alive. Remixes beckon.