For a band as big as U2, firsts can be difficult to come by. While the band is set to wrap up their Joshua Tree Anniversary tour in India for their first performance there ever, they’ve also achieved another first. With new single “Ahimsa” with composer A.R. Rahman, it’s the first track the band has made with the artist but hopefully not their last.
The meaning of the song title is Sanskrit for non-violence. Opening with an array of tones, the vocal chorus adds a heft to the track as The Edge plays guitar underneath them. Bono’s vocals have a very soulful tone that lifts the track up before a well orchestrated mix of pop pacing and easy going sounds play. The track has a very hefty aura but never feels too heavy to enjoy. When the song opens it is filled with sounds that showcase the strengths of Rahman and exemplify the work between the artists.
“Ahimsa” is available to stream on all platforms or to purchase from all digital outlets. U2 is on tour November 27 in Perth, AU at Optus Stadium until December 15 in Mumbai, IN at DY Patil Stadium. The band’s entire tour schedule can be accessed here.
Image Credits: Photo by Helena Christensen.