Archive for the ‘Malayalam OST’ Category

The Dulquer Nivin Fahad song is a one-trick pony that rides on a simple pop tune that Gopi usually composes in his sleep. The Kalyanam song is no patch on Gopi’s earlier Mangalyam song from Bangalore Days. The title song seems to be composed by Gopi’s auto-tuning machine that listened to some random 80s one-hit […]

The Mahashay Paean (Bham Bham Siva) starts off with Murali Gopi’s frenzied devotional call and blazes off in a grand mix of pulsating rhythms, a chant-like structure, and Sivaranjani raaga. Murali’s diction strikes an odd note, though. Naiharva (credited as Nayee harvaa) is the complete opposite, with an ambient, minimal sound – apt for Kabir’s […]

Thechille penne is a lot of fun! Gopi Sundar gets Niranj Suresh to sing with a detached, I-am-high twang – perfect for the catchy tune! Gopi’s imagination in the interludes and the dubstep intrusions add to the song’s charm. Theru there ororo is trademark Gopi! Everything about the song is familiar, but the man’s sense […]

Gana Bala’s Malayalam-kuthu, Thithaaro chirakadichu is stereotypical, but Sanjeev’s crafty sounds make a substantial difference, with the energetic rhythm, Gopi’s shrill nadaswaram and Sanjeev’s own guitar. Vaa kuruvi is wonderfully serene and deeply engaging! Ammu Indira and Sanjeev Thomas handle it with phenomenal grace, while Uday Jose’s piano stands out. Uday embellishes Nirame maayalle‘s ethereal […]

There’s a dollop of Abhogi raaga in Ozhukiyozhuki that makes it so accessible and incredibly pleasant! Add to it, Haricharan and Shweta Mohan’s tantalizing vocals and Bijibal’s lovely flute and strings-based interludes… this is an instant winner. Chirakukalaayi, led by Arun Alat, riffs off Ozhukiyozhuki in an interesting way, invoking the basic melody as an […]

Njaanum neeyum has Vidyasagar written all over it, just like his recent Tamil soundtrack Engeyum Naan Iruppen. It’s a delightfully serene melody accentuated significantly by Shreya Ghoshal and Quincy Chettupally’s singing. Minnaminungu seals the Vidyasagar influence further – again, an absolutely lovely tune that Najim Arshad headlines confidently, along with Anweshaa. Kannada cinema’s current singing […]

In a gentle ‘go smell the roses’ push, Shreya Ghoshal asks in Akale oru, in beautiful Malayalam and even better singing if we can please smell the flower in the middle of the forest and if it ain’t the best thing in the world. Bijibal’s melody is so convincing that you head to any nearby […]

Gowry Lekshmi owns Aaro nenjil (less interesting desi mix, though), particularly the anupallavi’s flowing phrases, on Shaan’s beautiful tune with an addictive chorus high and folk percussion. Sithara Krishnakumar handles the slow, alluring Wow Song wonderfully, layered with the uncredited male ‘wow wow’, while Radhika Sethumadhavan’s humming in Captain’s Honour is aptly soulful. Kannetha and […]

Madhumatiye is quite an earworm, with its reggae-meets-retro charm, and sung particularly well by Shreekumar Vakkiyil, with a distinct nasal twang that amps up the old-worldly feel, and Preeti Pillai. Bijibal and the chorus—and Anwar Ali’s word-play—ace the pulsating propaganda song Lokam ennum, while Udhichuyarnne picks up the pace steadily, amidst the street-theater style music, […]

Joleem kooleem‘s reetigowlai raaga base is its clear and absolute highlight. Within that gorgeously likeable raaga, Gopi and his chorus have an easy winner. Interestingly, even Omal chiriyo seems to allude to reetigowlai raaga in the interludes, though the tune is predictable Gopi Sundar fluff, well sung by Ramshi Ahamed. Oduvile yathrak, in both versions—by […]

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