Archive for the ‘Malayalam OST’ Category

World of Shiva Masala Coffee’s interpretation of Aalayal thara venam remains consistently enjoyable, with that lovely Anandhabhairavi-raaga base, Krishnaraj’s scintillating violin, and Sooraj Santhosh and Varun Sunil’s vocals. The reprise is highly interesting as well, stripping the energy of the original, but letting the melody’s inherent beauty come to fore. Aigiri Nandini gets a searing […]

Wednesday September 27, 2017 20:23

Parava (Music review), Malayalam – Rex Vijayan

Nenjil nenjil‘s prelude, with that digitally processed child singing snatches of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’s iconic song is an intriguing misdirection to what comes next! Rex’s tune has a dreamy quality with imaginative, consistently thrumming background. Ormakal has Dulquer singing on a cool Gangsta rhythm (amplified in Imran Intro and significantly spruced up in The […]

Kasavu njoriyumoru pulari is simply outstanding! Gopi employs Sriranjani-raaga in an austere, evocative package and lets Gayathri Varma completely own the wonderful melody. Similarly, in Unarukayaano, Gopi layers the steady thrumming backdrop that eventually moves on to a captivating folk rhythm over Sayanora Philip’s soaring vocals to create a highly engaging song. Kaattil ila has […]

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 […]

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