Saturday August 21, 2021

Milliblog Weeklies, Week 157 – Aug.22, 2021

Posted by Karthik

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist.
Week 157: On Spotify | On YouTube
A rather short playlist – only 8 songs and both YouTube and Spotify have all the songs!

Rammo Rammo – Bhuj: The Pride Of India (Tanishk Bagchi) – Hindi: That’s a pleasant surprise from Tanishk! He not only scores a very earthy Garba song but does it with a lot of grace and style. And roping in Udit Narayan to lead the song (along with Neeti Mohan and Palak Muchhal) is a masterstroke! This is one heck of a catchy song. And not just the audio part – the dance too is very gracefully handled, particularly that step by Sonakshi at the one-minute mark!

Dravida Kone & Kaami Kaami – Tughlaq Durbar (Govind Vasantha) – Tamil: Considering I have already written about Annathe Sethi in August 2020 (!), I quite liked 2 other songs in the full soundtrack just released. Dravida Kone has a raucous sound that somehow comes together coherently in Govind’s complex scheme of things. Harihara Sudhan’s lead singing has excellent support from the joyous chorus. The change in rhythm, though, instantly reminded of a favorite Malayalam song from the early 2000s – Ouseppachan’s Dhumthanakkadi from the 2003 film Mullavalliyum Thenmaavum!

Kaami Kaami is more of Govind’s comfort zone, though it is Madhan Karky’s hugely imaginative gimmick of the ‘K’ worded lyrics that stands out instantly – every word in the song starts with ‘K’! The melody has a steady lilt and the singing is fantastic too, by Govind Vasantha himself, and Swasthika Swaminathan, who is especially good!

Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum Reprise – Netrikann (Girishh Gopalakrishnan) – Tamil: I had written about the song’s original version sung by Sid Sriram back in June this year. But Girishh has an ace up his sleeve with this reprise version because of who he chooses to sing it – Bombay Jayashri (and her son Amrit Ramnath, who, together had most recently sung in the ‘Rivers of India’ song!). Bombay Jayashri’s voice adds a significantly different gravitas to the already likeable tune (and amazing lyrics by Karthik Netha).

Kaatrile – Prahalad Raghavendran, ft. Pradeep Kumar (Indipop) – Tamil: Trust Pradeep to sing the lovely song so beautifully, even if Prahalad’s melody is SO VERY similar to Vishal Chandrasekhar’s ‘Mazhai Nanaiya Vaithathu’ from Kaalidas. That could also be due to both songs being based on Aanandha Bhairavi raaga. At least for the lovely raaga usage, the song deserves a listen.

Daakko Daakko Meka – Pushpa (Devi Sri Prasad) – Telugu: That’s one heck of an unusual song! But DSP has a pulse of making the catchiest songs, and Sivam’s powerful vocals and Chandrabose’s lyrics progressively build the flow to lead to the curiously interesting hook, followed by that angry roar of a chorus! It all makes for wonderfully entertaining listening… almost like listening to a stage musical!

Gundello – Dear Megha (Gowra Hari) – Telugu: Despite the album having a Sid Sriram song (Bagundhi Ee Kaalame), the song that worked for me was this pensive melody sung by Harini. I recall Gowra Hari from his earlier spellings/names (Hari Gaura, and Hari Gowra from his films like Thungabadhra and Krishnamma Kalipindi Iddarini) – he seems to be competing with Kalyani Malik (MM Keeravani’s brother) when it comes to name changes. There is definitely a spark in the music of the soundtrack and this Harini song’s melody is ample proof.

Desire – Panodrama (Chirag Todi) – Indipop: This was a song that I liked instantly! It had a very Sean Roldan’ish funk and was so very catchy. The vocals, by Pushkar Srivatsal and Tanya Nambiar, are superb too, but it’s the overall composition by Chirag that totally rocks! A fantastic debut!



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