Saturday June 26, 2021

Milliblog Weeklies, Week 151 – Jun.27, 2021

Posted by Karthik

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist.
Week 151: On Spotify | On YouTube
17 songs this week. YouTube has all 17, while Spotify is missing just one – Thaikkudam Bridge’s Backyard Sessions.

Dil Melt Karda & Phisal Jaa Tu – Haseen Dillruba (Amit Trivedi) – Hindi: Along with Grahan, this seems like Amit Trivedi + Varun Grover’s week! Varun Grover rocks this song with his lyrics, with lines like, “Man Mein Ferraro Rocher Futt Gaya Ji”, while Amit’s energetic tune is just perfect. Nikhita Gandhi, with her vocal shenanigans, does considerably better than Navraj Hans, though that could be intentional, given the 2 lead characters’ traits! Phisal Jaa Tu, on the other hand, reminds one of many Amit Trivedi songs of the past, particularly when the title hook appears! Manmarziyaan’s Dariya is probably a direct precursor for that hook. It’s still a good listen, though.

Chori Chori & O Jogiya – Grahan (Amit Trivedi) – Hindi: Amit creates an obviously period-style music and the effort, with those sweeping strings, works very well within the expansive melody. Abhijeet Srivastava and Rupali Moghe’s relatively less-heard vocals add to the song’s appeal, and lyricist Varun Grover aces the lines once again! I loved the imagination in,
“Chahe koi bhi gali tum chuno
Preet mil jaayegi ji raste
Jaise sarkaari kaagzaat sab
Aa hi jaate hai ji haan sahi pate”,
using the inevitability of Governmental communication reaching the intended recipients so aptly!

In O Jogiya, Amit falls back to a classical melody that seemed like Raag Puria Dhanashri to me. It’s a brilliantly deep melody and made better by the singing – by Asees Kaur and Shahid Mallya’s deeply involved singing.

Meherezylaa – Maanaadu (Yuvan Shankar Raja) – Tamil: Given Venkat Prabhu’s impressive association with Yuvan over the years, that Maanaadu would have great music seems to be a foregone conclusion. The first song seemed like a nice take on Shivaranjani raaga. It’s peppy song that Yuvan peppers with some trademark Islamic templates and the package works really well.

Namadhaan Raja – Three Songs For The Night (Sean Roldan) – Tamil/Indipop: Sean unleashes a superbly funky, synth-loaded single from his upcoming album! It’s incredibly smooth and has a winsome tune that is captivating. The guitar interlude takes the song to another level! I continue to have a mild problem with Sean’s singing, though – given the overall package, I’m willing to overlook that, however 🙂

Vaazhvile – Ashwin Vinayagamoorthy, ft. Kevin Fernando (Tamil/Indipop): A warm, engaging and simple melody that is very easy on the ears. Kevin’s singing is very, very good, and Ashwin’s tune throws up pleasant surprises even within the simple melody – like that emphasised opening of,
“Saayaamal… thoL saaya vendum
KaNNum kaNN… serndhu meya vendum
Pogaadhe… endru koora vendum”

Backyard Sessions – Thaikkudam Bridge (Tamil/Indipop): The band chooses 3 delightful melodies that seem so wonderfully linked the way they sing it! G V Prakash Kumar’s Madarasapattinam song Pookkal pookkum tharunam starts the song and hands it over to Vidyasagar’s Karna classic Malare Mouname that the band don’t even mention since they start and end with the anupallavi only! Even without mentioning Malare Mouname, they move on to Rahman’s Kannathil Muthamittaal number Oru Dheivam Thandha Poove – the bridging is seamless and wonderful.

Kanmani Kanmani – Shaan Rahman (Malayalam/Indipop): This is a typical Shaan song – joyous and instantly catchy, with a fantastic vocal chorus that stays long after the song is over. Benny Dayal is perfect for the song! Great work on the music video too, with a neat suspense in the end that indicates a possible sequel 🙂

Mele Vinpadavukal – Sara’s (Shaan Rahman) – Malayalam: The second Shaan song this week and the template works effortlessly again! The same feel – peppy and ebullient, with excellent singing by Sooraj Santhosh.

Ningina Jarina – Swa (Karanam Sri Raghavendra) – Telugu: This was a zinger! The composer starts with what actually sounds like an anupallavi and the anupallavi and charanam sound like the pallavi. This extremely interesting melody is layered in excellent background rhythm that, for some reason, reminded me of Ilayaraja’s music. The singing is top notch, particularly by Nadapriya! That opening tune doesn’t appear again anywhere in the song, surprisingly!

Good Luck – Garry Sandhu (Punjabi/Indipop): This one transcended a standard Punjabi pop song for me given how beautiful the melody was! I felt it was based on Raag Pilu. Garry keeps the melody rooted in the same raag throughout and that makes the song a great listening experience.

Beautiful Mistakes, Lost, Echo, One Light & Nobody’s Love – JORDI (Maroon 5) – International: Maroon 5’s latest album is an easy, fun listen. Much of the album’s charm actually comes from the many guest artists – Megan Thee Stallion in the most catchy song of the album, Beautiful Mistakes, Zimbabwean rapper Bantu in the cool Afropop One Light and blackbear in the addictive Echo, though, as a card-carrying Coimbatorean, I couldn’t help hear it as the Tamil ‘Yakkov’ 🙂 The melodies in Lost and Nobody’s Love are lush and very likeable.

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