Saif is an Australian-Bangladeshi artist who hit my line recently with his latest track “Lotus.” The best way to describe this one is that it’s a multilayered look at the world over a lo-fi, jazzy beat. Featuring singer Ana Van Pelt on the chorus, “Lotus” asks some hard questions–such as “why my people live without food or medicine?”–while also spitting knowledge about the way the world works and the ways to keep from giving into devilish desires. It’s definitely a song that has more than one meaning, especially when you consider that the lotus is often used to symbolize compassion and enlightenment. It’s as if he wants his listeners to open their eyes and open their hearts.
All in all, it’s a beautifully put-together song, one that’s made stronger by the jazzy instrumentation utilized on the beat. I wish there was a third verse. This is because I was captivated by what he put down in the first two. Because of that, I would’ve loved to hear more of his thoughts on the world. As it stands, though, it’s still a great song. Check it out below and remember to support dope music in all its forms.