Archive for the ‘Malayalam OST’ Category

Arun Muraleedharan starts with Varminnal, wonderfully energetic number, delivered brilliantly by Haricharan. The composer layers it with a nice semi-classical touch that works well with the pop’ish sound. Shakthisree Gopalan holds Ilamai with her commanding vocals, backed by minimal guitar. Arun’s last, Enthanu mone is also his most inventive – vibrant and almost Santhosh Narayanan’ish, […]

The profusion of atmospheric sounds in Ayalathe is both disconcerting and alluring! Shreekumar Vakkiyil’s involved vocals sit on top of Prashant’s lively, impromptu’ish backdrop! The three traditional songs, sung by Angamaly Pranchi, are incredibly natural, more so because of the brass-band orchestration – the approach being similar to composer Balabarathy’s string of gaana songs used […]

Onnurangi‘s frothy melody is Bijibal’s trademark, particularly that complex anupallavi, and of course, the interludes and backgrounds. Lovely listen, thanks also to Vineeth Srinivasan’s fantastic singing. The sweeping melody extends to Paripparakkum kili too, with a thoroughly enjoyable waltz’y backdrop and especially fantastic interludes, besides brilliant vocals by Sangeetha Sreekanth. Bijibal produces a funky kuthu […]

Penne penne has a nice enough tune, but it’s Vishnu’s spartan orchestration that really engages. The guitar+ghatam mix is particularly alluring, as is the high-pitched outtakes and the mid-way tune shift. The composer sings Sumbharani too confidently, aided by a funky piano-led sound and a likeable jazzy edge to the tune. Pranayamanithu‘s sweeping Kerala-Muslim sound […]

Haricharan literally powers Lailakame with his vocals. Rahul’s tune is pleasant enough, and predictable enough, hitting the high notes impressively, and it is in Haricharan’s singing that the song gets a real high. Sushin Shyam’s Thambiraan is atmospheric and haunting, with soaring vocals by Vipin Raveendran. Sushin layers it with absolutely spooky piano backdrop. It’s […]

Nokki nokki is good old Vidyasagar – the kind with a tune that reminds one of Ilayaraja, with Vidyasagar’s own nuances added. The anupallavi’s rhythm takes too simplistic a route, but the bridge back to the pallavi is rather neat. Neelakasham, the soundtrack’s best, is even better, evoking pleasant memories of Vidyasagar’s classic, Thankathinkal, from […]

Jeevitham ithu has a pleasant—albeit rather generic—sound that borders on EDM, and Najim Arshad handles it well. Kadha parayana flows even better, with a nice pop-ghazal-sufi mix-like sound, really well sung by Rijisha and Aalaap Raju. Roopa Revathy’s vocals is phenomenal in Olangal moodum, a moody, somber and sparsely orchestrated lullaby where her singing, and […]

Saturday November 26, 2016 17:19

Ore Mukham (Music review), Malayalam – Bijibal

Madhu Balakrishnan seems to be the perfect Yesudas-alternative for the whiff of retro in Aarum – the singer evokes so much of yesteryears’ melodic coolth, backed by Bijibal’s engagingly complex tune and gorgeous strings. The title song has a completely different sound, one that is thankfully short, but also aptly background’ish. The soundtrack ends on […]

Thursday October 27, 2016 19:25

Team 5 (Music review), Malayalam – Gopi Sundar

Sooraj Santhosh’s singing is pretty much the best thing about Azhcha, with Gopi going through the motions of creating a functional song with all familiar sounds. Habeebi, barring the corny sounds all through and Bollywood template, has a slightly better engaging tune. Megha pakshi is where the real Gopi surfaces! Madhu Balakrishnan gets a gorgeous […]

Sreeraj seems to be exploring Saranga/Hamirkalyani raaga in Minni chinnum that he himself sings confidently. The orchestration has a strong Rahman-touch, particularly Love Birds’ Malargale malargale. Sreya Jayadeep’s sweet voice is barely able to rescue the corny package in Pammi pammi, but Puthiyoru sooryan, with its heady fusion chenda-sound fares considerably better. The soundtrack’s most […]

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