Friday November 10, 2017

Aruvi (Music review), Tamil – Bindhumalini and Vedanth Bharadwaj

Posted by Karthik

Kukkotti kunaatti moves seamlessly from the child’s perspective—Praniti’s delightfully innocent “Aala marathula yeraadhey, maangaya parikkaadhey; maanga marathula yeraadhey, thengaaya parikkaadhey“—to the duo singing about the child herself. It’s a package that works wonderfully with imaginative vocal harmonies and sparkling Ukelele, violin, viola and cello. Oothakkaadu Venkata Subbaiyer and Ray Charles go to a bar and order something potent, in Asaindhadum mayil ondru! The Simhendramadhyamam-raaga original morphs into a bewildering pastiche featuring Bindhumalini’s freestyle scatting set to Balu’s scintillating trumpet, Fedrick Rosario’s accordion and Naveen Nabeer Kumar’s bass guitar. Cement kaadu seems uncomfortably filmy, though Bidhumalini’s singing and that stunning interlude lift things significantly. Bindhumalini aces Anbin kodi too, with her uninhibited scatting and soaring phrases easily outshining the limits of the tune. Merku karaiyil is the soundtrack’s most affecting melody, with an almost-Bengali outlook and almost taking a page out of Sean Roldan’s book, with a lovely banjo-sarangi mix. Hemanth and Chandran, on violins, join Bindhumalini in the Aruvi theme to close things on a brilliant high – a new-age variant of a Thadhaane folk thread. Bindhumalini and Vedanth Bharadwaj, given their decidedly offbeat musical inclination, add a beautiful hue to Aruvi’s soundtrack that is completely unique and highly original.

Keywords: Aruvi, Bindhumalini Narayanaswamy, Vedanth Bharadwaj, 200, #200

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  • Sri Prabhuram

    #300 word counter (of 2017 so far)
    Hindi: 1
    Tamil: 2
    Malayalam: 1

    #200 word counter (of 2017 so far)
    Hindi: 7
    Tamil: 4
    Telugu: 4
    Malayalam: 2
    Kannada: 3

  • Sri Prabhuram

    Like Ishaan Dev’s En Aaloda Seruppa Kaanom, I didn’t see this coming. Another #200 word review for more newcomers. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. This is why I love this blog. (Haven’t listened to this yet, but will update on it soon! 🙂)

    • Sri Prabhuram

      Well, I finally finished listening to Aruvi & I am proud to say that this is the most unconventionally original Tamil soundtrack I have heard this year! Not a single amount of deja vu is felt throughout the soundtrack. I am hoping this is in your Top 3 soundtracks of the year.

    • Kryptster

      True…. Though expected 300 words….
      Waiting for this to be in Top 3…

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