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“Flower”
MindofMine
Information
Album

Mind of Mine

Released

March 25, 2016

Format

Digital Download

Recorded

2015/2016

Length

1:44

Writers

Zayn Malik, James "Malay" Ho

Producer

Malay

Flower, stylized as INTERMISSION: fLoWer, is a song of the English singer-songwriter Zayn Malik's debut solo album, Mind of MineIt is the seventh track of the album.

It is a Qawwali Urdu song and was inspired by Zayn's upbringing as a British Pakistani Muslim.

Background

"Flower" is an experimental interlude, in the form of a spiritual,Pakistani Qawwali ghazal that Zayn sings in Urdu, his father's native language, backed by Ho's folk-style acoustic guitar playing[1] and atmospheric sounds resembling a thick mist.[2][3] Qawwali is a form of devotional Sufi music associated with Islamic culture,[4] and Malik used Qawwali vocal techniques for the track, including vocal elisions, warbling,[5] and "deeply centered but controlled fervor". "Flower" was influenced by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, whose music his father used to play in his home.[6] Referencing the recording, James Ho stated that Malik "knows how to sing like that and he’s always been able to do it, but he just never took it that seriously" until one day he "just picked up the mic and tracked that whole thing basically live, in one take." Ho said he “was just blown away" and "didn’t know he could sing like that," and that "he told me he was in a super spiritual place, and that the saying is something one of his family members had told him that had always stuck to him."[7] Ho said the session was like jazz "where a singer will have a concept or a melody and then the rest of it is just improv."

Lyrics

 
[Urdu]
جب تک اس محبت کا پھول نہ کھلے ؛ تب تک اس دل کو سکون نہ ملے
دل دے ہے مجھے, دل دے ہے مجھے, دل دے ہے مجھے

[Romanized]
Jab tak is mohabbat ka phool na khilay
Tab tak is dill ko sukoon na miley
Dil day mujhe,
Dil day mujhe,
Dil day mujhe

[English Translation]
Until the flower of this love has blossomed
Till that this heart won't be at peace
Give me your heart,
Give me your heart,
Give me your heart

Reception

While viewing the Qawwali-style "Flower" as being culturally relevant in light of recent events, Andy Gill of The Independent stated that "the brief track’s beauty" has the potential to open people's "hearts to the broader aesthetic possibilities of cultures outside their usual experience."[8] Michael Cuby of Flavorwire said that "It’s a loving, open embrace of selfhood led by the display of something that only hecould execute properly, an outward appreciation of that which makes him unique."[9]

References

  1. In Zayn Malik’s ‘Mind of Mine,’ a Singer Eager to Reclaim Parts of Himself
  2. ZAYN’S ‘MIND OF MINE’ IS MORE THAN A REBRAND
  3. Album Reviews: Zayn
  4. Zayn Mind of Mine
  5. Review: Zayn re-introduces himself on debut 'Mind of Mine'
  6. Zayn Malik: feel the heat!
  7. Zayn Malik's Urdu-language song 'Flower' came from a 'spiritual place'
  8. Mind of Mine: 'Sublime R&B beats from the Bradford Bad Boy', album review
  9. ‘Mind of Mine’ Solidifies Zayn as Our Most Unlikely Pop Star

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