Saturday October 13, 2012

The Inner Self Awakens (Music review), Indipop – Agam

Posted by Karthik

Harish Sivaramakrishnan’s vocals remain the highlight in Brahma’s Dance, though the Shakti-style music works equally well. The guitar and violin melange is enchanting, much like Harish’s pitch perfect intonation of Guru brahma. Swati Thirunal may be proud of Agam’s reinterpretation his classic Dhanashri raga based Thillana for Dhanashri Thillana – it is significantly Indi-pop’ish with V.Shantaram-style lyrics and roaring rock guitar that holds it together! Rudra would be the perfect candidate for a new genre called Shiva-metal; fabulously pulsating fusion that ends on a high. Boat Song sounds almost like Agam’s tribute to Avial and Motherjane. The thonipaattu-style formation of the song is a bit too common-place, but is also gorgeous. Swans of Saraswati is perhaps the song that demonstrates Agam’s music style – progressive carnatic rock – the best. In Agam’s capable hands, raga Hamsanadham gets a scintillating rock version as Harish, and Praveen on guitar, explore Thyagaraja’s Bantureeti kolu threadbare. Agam’s Coke Studio number Malhar Jam closes the album in style – the familiar and already impressive track that is a veritable showcase of Harish’s vocal range and the band’s overall orchestration. Agam’s long overdue studio debut is so good that the 6-song album actually feels too short!

Keywords: Agam The Band, 200, #200

Credits:
Vocals, Violin : Harish
Drums : Ganesh
Percussions : Shiva
Keyboards : Swamy
Lead Guitars : Praveen
Rhythm Guitars : Jagadis, Suraj
Bass: Vignesh

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