Tuesday October 3, 2017

Solo (Music review), Malayalam/Tamil – Assorted Composers

Posted by Karthik

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 heavy metal interpretation by Thaikkudam Bridge, with an intriguing phrase straight from MS Viswanathan’s Engeyum eppodhum interlude! Govind Menon also expertly adapts Ragini Bhagwat’s Basant-raaga based Shiva Tandav. Saylee Talwalkar handles the singing part admirably, set to pulsating fusion-rock.

World of Shekhar
Abhinav Bansal’s Kandu nee has a breezy ballad vibe, with the melody shining impeccably in Vijay Yesudas’ vocals. Singa kutty is appropriately sub-titled ‘Bring On The Chaos’, given how Tamil percussion, Nadaswaram and Madurai Chinna Ponnu’s exuberant folk outburst uncomfortably coexists with Sez On The Beat’s (Sajeel Kapoor) other elements. Agam revisit their Boat Song, from their debut album, as Oru vaanchi paattu – pulsating progressive-rock-meets-Thonipaattu. Agam score spectacularly in Thaalolam, roping in Shashaa Tirupati for a serene melody that segues off beautifully from Oru vaanchi paattu, ending on that sonorous Thithithara thithithai note!

World of Rudra
Roshomon is eclectic! Prashant Pillai produces a heady and addictive song that dives straight into its lively tune that skirts around a Central Asian sound wonderfully. The Filter Coffee produce a formidable encore with their brand of scintillating ethnotronic, picking up the Jog-raaga Sajan more ghar aaye! Jahnvi Shrimankar’s singing is top notch and the duo adorns it lovingly with Govind Menon’s violin! Sooraj Kurup’s Sita Kalyanam rounds off the set on a high. It layers the traditional Sita Kalayanam on an ambient fusion sound featuring vocals by Renuka Arun and Sooraj.

World of Trilok
Separation, with music by Govind Menon takes Ashita Ajit’s dreamy voice accentuates the mild pathos in its hauntingly beautiful melody, along with that solo violin. The Reprise of Sajan More (Unchained) that strips the original (from World of Rudra) of its effervescent rhythm and konnakol and adds Aditya Rao and Filter Coffee’s Shriram Sampath join Jahnvi Shrimankar in the decidedly more minimal and ambient version. The other track that gets a similar treatment is Shiva Omkara, a variant of Shiva Tandav (from the World of Shiva), with Bindu Nambiar’s ethereal voice reverberating Basant-raaga beautifully in the spartan backdrop. The rest is completely Gaurav Godkhindi’s show! The instrumental piece The Cyclist Theme has that undercurrent of pathos too. Karaiyaadhe/You is a pleasant rock ballad evoking a classic Bryan Adams sound, sung very well by Sidharth Basrur. The use of the ‘karaiyaadhe’ seems interesting since it could mean ‘Do not cry’ in Malayalam, while meaning ‘Do not melt’ in Tamil 🙂

Bejoy Nambiar’s diverse and vibrant army of composers deliver a phenomenal soundtrack yet again!

Keywords: Prashant Pillai, Thaikkudam Bridge, Govind Menon, Masala Coffee, Agam, Filter Coffee, Abhinav Bhansal, Sooraj S. Kurup, Sez On The Beat, Sajeel Kapoor, Ragini Bhagwat, Gaurav Godkhindi 300, #300

PS: Please don’t ask me if this is the very first 400+ word review on Milliblog 🙂 Intent-wise, this is a 300 worder, and if Bejoy keeps increasing the number of songs like this, I’ll gladly lose track of words.

Listen to the songs on Saavn:

Listen to the songs on YouTube:
World of Shekhar – Malayalam Jukebox

World of Shekhar – Tamil Jukebox

World of Rudra – Jukebox

World of Shiva – Jukebox

World of Trilok – Jukebox.



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