Wednesday December 27, 2017

Mayaanadhi (Music review), Malayalam – Rex Vijayan

Posted by Karthik

Rex Vijayan and Neha S Nair’s vocals effortlessly sweep through the pleasant synth riff in Uyirin nadhiye, while Arun Suradhaa’s Dilruba sneaks in beautifully in the interlude. Neha, in particular, in her portions, is extraordinary, breathing life into an intimate, almost conversational verse. Rex goes completely Indian in Mizhiyil. It’s almost Rahman’ish when Neha’s humming starts in the first interlude, but it’s Shahabaz Aman who holds the song’s reign all through, amidst the serene Hindustani-style base with haunting Sarod by Kishore Kumaar. Rex teases the ghazal style melody for almost a minute and a half without the percussion, before allowing Chandrajith’s tabla to engage. Shahabaz Aman is absolutely in command in Kaatil as well, lifting the sonorous melody significantly with his fantastic singing, while Sushin and Yakzan offer superb support in the backgrounds. Between Atul’s Hang Drum, Benny Abraham’s Oud and Raghavasimhan’s electric violin, the immersive melody of Neha’s Kiliye flows scintillatingly. The orchestration is decidedly more exotic and adds to the song’s charm. Mayaanadhi is a delightful coming-together of incredibly talented artists like Neha S Nair, Sushin Shyam, Yakzan Gary Pereira among others. After his spectacular Parava, Rex Vijayan hits it out of the park yet again in Mayaanadhi!

Addendum to the full soundtrack that was surreptitiously released 10 days after the film’s release:
Much like Parava, Rex Vijayan expands on his core tunes of the full songs, with a particular focus on Uyirin nadhiye. So, while Remembering Appu, Mathan and Appu Meets, A Walk to Remember are direct riffs off Uyirin, The Surrender and The Encounter are more despondent riffs with a strong melancholic tinge. Escape and Accident, and The Police are both moody and expansive, possibly alluding to Mathan’s misfortunes, and the music flow a bit reminiscent of George Michael’s Older. The simple and linear Mathan’s Theme & Rejection, the brooding Mathan in Trouble are short and alluring as well. Lift fight is the sole ominous, discordant piece possibly meant strictly as a background piece. Appu’s audition is the lone riff off Kiliye, while Shahabaz-sung Title song is the lone riff off Mizhiyil.

Keywords: Mayaanadhi, Maayanadhi, Rex Vijayan, 200, #200, #Still200

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