Archive for the ‘Malayalam OST’ Category

Minunundae mullapolae is an effortless winner. Ashwin concocts an expansive and immensely likeable soundscape led by guitar and strings. Karthik delivers the dreamy melody in his impeccable style even as it is noteworthy for its unusual structure sans any familiar pattern! The song’s other version, with a more electronic sound, is decidedly slower, handled beautifully […]

Shaan exploits Eantammede jimikki kammal‘s hook thoroughly, with Vineeth and Renjith Unni leading amidst lively background vocals. M G Sreekumar rocks the jaunty melody of Karayum kadalum, even as Shaan keeps the backgrounds spritely with a noticeable early-Rahman influence. Neeyum has that too, though it is a largely Shaan-style melody. Manpaathakale‘s rhythm is standard-issue Shaan […]

Sreya’s exuberant voice and the generally bouncy tune props Tapp tapp; a simple and catchy song with an earworm’ish hook! Kavalam painkili is an interesting mix – Jayachandran adds Eastern European influences to a tune that is essentially a racier Raja’ish Malayalam retro melody. Vijay Yesudas and Sreya handle the vocals impeccably. In Mathalathen malaralle […]

Amrutam Gamaya sisters’ Veerangana has a conventional Kerala folk fusion sound and it is their spirited vocals that keeps the song charming. Anitha Shaiq’s Mappila pattu sound in Melakey is rhythmic and engaging and sung well by Shweta Mohan. M Jayachandran opens his set with Oru vela; he sings and retains the charms of an […]

The pleasant Aaradyam would make Ilayaraja proud! Bijibal gets Vishnu Kurup and Shilpa Raju to sing a delightful duet where every line takes on interestingly unusual forks, backed by lovely violin and flute led interludes. Orayiram flows beautifully amidst sounds of a road trip, riding on Najim Arshad’s fantastic singing. Chuvadukal‘s generic energetic and background’ish […]

Sunday August 6, 2017 16:01

E (Music review), Malayalam – Rahul Raj

Pranavaakaram is a magnificent showcase of singer Saritha Ram’s range. She handles Rahul Raj’s almost-Vidyasagar’ish Nattakurinji raaga fusion impeccably. Divayanam is a lovely listen too. While Rahul himself does the vocal heavy-lifting here amidst easily likeable EDM mixed with the occasional semi-classical phrases, Sunitha Sarathy joins in too, mid-way. Arupathu maram‘s energetic pace and earthy […]

Jayachandran’s melody in Neelambal nilavodu is beautifully ghazal-like—with a lovely smattering of santoor—and makes a sweeping use of Karaharapriya Darbari Kanada raga that gives Shreya Ghoshal incredible scope to excel. Jayachandran has a winner in Rakkadalala too! The Middle Eastern/Arabic music adds to the exotica value, but the melody is vintage Ilayaraja level, particularly the […]

Bijibal ropes Oorali Band for Nottam; the song’s guitar base is vibrant but though the vocals go haywire. Martin’s short solo, Thummaru thu sounds like an incidental addition. Ikkaliveettil‘s delightfully pleasant melody gains immensely from Jayachandran’s vocals and Bijibal’s perky rhythm and the pallavi’s beautifully folk’ish and complex flow! The repetitive instrumental phrase in Kooduthurannu […]

Maangappoolu is trademark-Bijibal; gentle, retro-sounding melody with quaint strings. Bijibal turns things on its head with Kada thala kola; funky folk percussion on top of an energetic tune sung by Sannidanandhan. Oruthari aasha‘s inventive fusion mixes classical music with pulsating rock, but it borders on parody. Thrissooru‘s spritely sound is, at best, medley’ish and Venne […]

Mazha paadum‘s melody is highly tuneful. Deepak’s choice of singers, Aravind Venugopal and the film’s leading lady, Aparna Balamurali amply help the song, while Deepak’s soft and pleasant orchestration takes on a lovely strings-led high in the anupallavi. Karthik is the soul of Oru nokku, a likeable ballad of sorts, while Aaro kude has a […]

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