Jonaki by Ryku: A Powerful Melody Capturing Indescribable Emotion

Jonaki is the first piece of work Ryku has put out, and it is a powerful melody; it perfectly captures the indescribable emotion that most of us experience when we helplessly cling to something that is slowly slipping away. The rock trio’s debut single has a platter of interpretations to offer while having a strong and clear meaning–which only emphasises the talent and thoughtfulness behind the track even more.

jonaki by ryku

To me, the song points out the formulaic way of modern life: feigning interest in something even when your heart’s not in it and how it conditions us to lose ourselves in the chaos of the world. Running after the light, the fireflies, all the while knowing deep down it’s all a sham, a pretence.

As much as I was captivated by the song’s unique and thought-provoking lyrics, I was also pleasantly surprised by how skilfully produced the piece was, with each instrument pronounced clearly within its harmony. I was immediately drawn in by the growl that opens the music video—Kraken studio’s signature tag—as the ominous sound subtly blended into the song’s intro. The muffled intro on bass leading up to the downbeat set up the energetic tone of the track. The bass and drums worked harmoniously together, elevating the intensity of the lyrics.

The resulting swell of this harmony within the riff felt incredibly satisfying to me, leaving me wanting more from this trio. A remarkable debut from Ryku, one that I believe makes it one of the bands to watch out for in the future days of Bangla indie.

jonaki by ryku

Named after the Legendary Pokemon Raikou, Ryku was formed in 2019 and consists of Saadi Khan on vocals and guitars, Muhaimin Anwar Muhin on bass, and Shaharia Ferdous on the drums. The band opened for Ghee, a new band of three legends of the local music scene, earlier this year which they found to be a fun, meaningful and memorable experience.

The members also expressed having vastly different musical influences: Shaharia enjoys metalcore and djent, Saadi enjoys rock and indie pop, while Muhin is into house and synth-pop. Despite having quite diverse inspirations, the trio hopes to evolve into a versatile rock band and intends to explore new sounds. They are currently working on recording their upcoming single, “Olosh Shomoy”.

Shaharia Ferdous from Kraken Studios, who also created the single’s artwork, mixed and mastered Jonaki. The song’s arrangement, as well as the lyrics and music video, were all created by Saadi Khan. Jonaki by Ryku is now available on major platforms.

Watch Jonaki by Ryku on Youtube-

Lyrics:

জোছনা কেনো আসে না তোমার এখানে
কারো কোনো শব্দ ভাসে না আহারে
অসময়ে শিক্ষা দিয়ো না আমাদের

অস্থিরতা, নির্বাসন আর নির্বাচন
সবই একই মন
সবই একই মন
সবই একই মন

বড় কথা বলে
আশা দিয়ে সে
নকল ভালোবাসার কথা দিয়েছে

কত যে অযথা কথা সে বলে
চেনা মন অচেনা হয়ে গিয়েছে

নাটক আমি দেখেছি অনেক জীবনে
ব্যর্থতা সাফল্য সবই যে এখানে
অসময়ে শিক্ষা দিয়ো না আমাদের

অস্থিরতা, নির্বাসন আর নির্বাচন
সবই একই মন
সবই একই মন
সবই একই মন

বড় কথা বলে
আশা দিয়ে সে
নকল ভালোবাসার কথা দিয়েছে

কত যে অযথা কথা সে বলে
চেনা মন অচেনা হয়ে গিয়েছে

ঘড়ির কাঁটা ঘুরে
সময় আমার তবে আসে না
এই অজানায় আমি তোমার সাথে

বড়ো কথা বলে
আশা দিয়ে সে
নকল ভালোবাসার কথা দিয়েছে

কত যে অযথা কথা সে বলে
চেনা মন অচেনা হয়ে গিয়েছে

দিয়ে যাচ্ছি তোমায় ফাঁকি
হয়ে যাও তুমি জোনাকি
নিয়ে যাও তুমি আমার সেই রাত্রি

পহেলা মেঘের বৃষ্টি
সাজানো বৃষ্টি
সাজানো আমি
সাজানো তুমি


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  • Nafisa Tabassum Zahin is currently living their dream life, pursuing their love for both the environment and written words as an environmental science major and freelance writer. They can usually be found either lying in bed decompressing from the day's exhausting social interactions or sipping on some decaf and devising a plan to eat the rich.

Nafisa Tabassum Zahin

Nafisa Tabassum Zahin is currently living their dream life, pursuing their love for both the environment and written words as an environmental science major and freelance writer. They can usually be found either lying in bed decompressing from the day's exhausting social interactions or sipping on some decaf and devising a plan to eat the rich.

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