Saturday August 15, 2020

Milliblog Weeklies, Week 123 – Aug.16, 2020

Posted by Karthik

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist.
Week 123: On JioSaavn | On YouTube
15 songs this week. YouTube playlist has all 15 songs, while JioSaavn is missing 2 of Dhruv Vishvanath’s songs – Wildfire and Write.

Pachtaoge – B Praak, ft. Asees Kaur (Indipop/Punjabi): B Praak recreates his own tune from last year (that featured Arijit Singh’s vocals) into a bit more edgy version, this time featuring Asees Kaur. The melody’s searing pathos continues to be very engaging and the new elements that the composer adds, like that momentary silence added at 1:53 and the new music that follows (missing in the original), make this variant a lot more interesting.

Lifafe – Sunny M.R. (Indipop/Hindi): Sunny once again brings his Telugu repertoire to Hindi, where he seems more content to assist Pritam instead of going independent. But the pandemic-induced lockdown seems to have unleashed his interest in going on his own. So, after Kahaniyan and Chaubaare, here’s the 3rd single from him! This one’s decidedly more enthusiastic and fun than the other 2 that seemed more brooding!

Aatishbaazi – Rocky-Jubin (Indipop/Hindi): Composed by the singer-lyricist combo, Rocky Khanna and Jubin Nautiyal, the music is flamboyant and offers ample scope for Jubin to excel in the singing. He does really well, with a confident edge in his voice, even as the swinging music behind him swells.

Vaan Thirakkindra Pozhudhil – Karthik KT, ft. Darshana KT (Indipop/Tamil): Well, this is a pleasant surprise! A soft jazz number, beautifully sung by Darshana… the melody and music reminded me of Shankar-Ganesh’s musical style for some reason!

Aaka Pirandhavale – Sean Roldan, ft. Vignesh Ishwar (Indipop/Tamil): Sean’s rousing tune is expectedly fantastic, but the music in the background that he truly excels and makes the overall song so much more enjoyable! It’s an eclectic mix, defying genre, and a dash of classical music thrown in when Vignesh expands on the tune. I’m just very surprised Sean or Jyothika did not want this tune for the film Raatchasi!

Vada Kadha Kelu Magane & Hostel Song – Monkey Donkey (Sooraj S Kurup) – Tamil: Sooraj in Tamil too, besides Malayalam, this week (see below)! The contrast is incredible. If in Malayalam, his music seems measured and nuanced, he does what we call in Tamil, “Get down and do the job”! But even in the raucous kuthu sound, the tune goes in interesting directions that defy a conventional kuthu song: that ‘Sottu sottah’ 4-liner joins another 8-liner in ‘Panamum peNNum’ and that entire set works effectively as an unusually tuned central portion. Anthony Daasan is, as usual, in his elements! In Hostel Song, Sooraj includes a mandolin’ish background that keeps the song constantly enjoyable, even as Uthara Unnikrishnan’s child-like vocals seems too young for what is a pulsating song with grown-up ambitions.

Thelinje Vaanaake, Thaane Mounam & Diname Diname – Kilometers & Kilometers (Sooraj S Kurup) – Malayalam: After the release of the lead single, Paaraake, just before the pandemic-induced lockdown, Sooraj’s full soundtrack for the film is finally out! As expected, the composer’s music continues to thoroughly enjoyable and highly nuanced. With a ebullient folk rhythm and equally catchy vocal chorus, Thelinje Vaanaake is a superb listen! Sithara Krishnakumar’s main line is truly memorable, in this mix. Thaane Mounam (and its other version, You And Me) is mounted brilliantly, raising the music progressively amidst the stunning chorus (and back-up vocals by Sooraj himself). Diname Diname is the soundtrack’s most pensive, with a serene backdrop that lets Mridul Anil hold fort mighty impressively. The quietude in the song makes as much music as the audible sounds!

Madhuranombaram – Sujith Kurian, Ft. Madhu Balakrishnan (Indipop/Malayalam): Sujith calls this experimental track as an ‘Electro Poem’, where lyricist Viditha Madhu’s lines come alive in his music. The music is vibrant and allows for the lyrics to thrive, but what truly holds this song together, and makes it a ‘song’ is Madhu Balakrishnan’s highly impressive rendition. The tune gets complex given the free verse that doesn’t seem to constrain the melody to any convention, and Madhu handles the flow beautifully!

Dark, Wildfire, Write & Carry – Dhruv Visvanath (Indipop): Dhruv, after his 2 earlier album (Orion and The Lost Cause), has been steadily creating singles. The 4 singles from May, June, July and August this year, respectively – Dark, Wildfire, Write and Carry (April’s Dear Madeline did not work for me) – are highly listenable! Dark starts off on a serene note and literally bounces into that rhythm at 1:35, while Wildfire’s winsome melody carries it through all the way, along with stunning guitar phrases (the Electric Guitar is by Shubh Saran). Dhruv’s guitar and warm vocals lead Write and Carry’s wonderful melodies, with the latter also including a beautifully realized chorus that adds tremendous value to the song. Dhruv’s music generally reminds me of Rob Thomas’ style (Matchbox Twenty) and since I love Rob’s music, I can understand why I like Dhruv’s too.

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