Flutetronics (Music review), Pop – Naveen Kumar

Longing features thankfully minimal and accented vocals Naveen’s 15 year old son, Jean Naveen. What stays is Naveen’s spellbinding flute and Sree Sunderkumar’s kanjira, ensconced in fantastic production by Karsh Kale. Karsh’s second track – Space Out – opens with Jonita Gandhi’s vocals and builds on a hauntingly rhythmic tune. Levon Ichkhanian’s guitar plays peekaboo, but Sunder’s kanjira offers strong support. Karsh Palace is perhaps his best by Karsh here – a tune mildly reminiscent of Ilayaraja, complete with a weepy and filmy violin courtesy Kalyan Sundaram. Guitarist Sanjay Divecha offers stupendous support to Naveen’s flute in Rnb Fusion that shines with its captivating Oriental sound. Mountain Bird is where Naveen almost makes his flute speak with that delightfully cheerful tune. Blaaze’s intrusions mar Cafe Fluid Reprise and without the original’s Middle Eastern base it seems to stick to a more Keeravani’ish base. But Way To Haj gets its Middle Eastern groove really well, as Naveen’s collaboration with Reeg Deb works wonders. The album’s best is The Bellyflute Plays On, one heck of an enchanting flute and guitar combo playing a simple and immensely catchy tune. Alongside Fluid and Cafe Fluid, Flutetronics is a well-deserved hat-trick from the talented flautist!

Keywords: Naveen Kumar, Karsh Kale, Jonita Gandhi, Sree Sunderkumar, Levon Ichkhanian, Jean Naveen, M. Kalyan Sundaram, Reeg Deb, Sanjay Divecha, Blaaze.