Sunday February 13, 2022

Milliblog Weeklies, Week 173 – Feb.13, 2022

Posted by Karthik

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist.
Week 173: On Spotify | On YouTube
11 songs, this week! All the songs are available on both YouTube and Spotify!

Beqaaboo – Gehraiyaan (OAFF and Savera) – Hindi: After Doobey, the title song did not work for me. But Beqaaboo does, courtesy of the laidback sound and the electronic elements. And trust Shalmali Kholgade to deliver a melody like this -she’s fantastic, as usual. Savera Mehta’s singing, on the other hand, was the odd one out, with the falsetto notes often hitting awkwardly instead of the intended effect.

Megham – Hey Sinamika (Govind Vasantha) – Tamil: Govind reuses Thaikkudam Bridge’s famous Fish Rock to produce a riveting recreation that continues to work wonders much like the original it is based upon. Madhan Karky’s Tamil lines flow perfectly in sync with the frenetic pacing of the interesting constructed melody. The musical additions, towards the end of the Tamil version, with the folk drums joining the rock rhythm, makes for a thoroughly enjoyable song. At a music video level too, the song is really interesting, with the leads dancing all the way through (given the film’s director’s choreographer profession) song for the various stages of their courtship makes for a fantastic watch!

Theera Nadhi – Nadhi (Dhibu Ninan Thomas) – Tamil: I was honestly starting to lose interest as the song’s first 4 lines played out. But then Dhibu introduces the ‘Jal Jal Golusoli’ line with the sparkling keys to back it up and that turns the song’s tone beautifully! Then Ballesh’s Shehnai adds more beauty to the first interlude! Excellent singing by Kapil Kapilan and Srinisha Jayaseelan.

Romeo Juliet – Ghani (Thaman S) – Telugu: The song’s video released for now (not the actual music video from the film) makes it seem like the singer is the film’s lead star! That’s understandable because the singer is director Shankar’s daughter, Aditi (who is making her acting debut in Tamil soon). Thankfully, Thaman gives Aditi (making her singing debut) a simple and catchy tune with a neat reggae-style sound that doesn’t tax her much. Aditi does pretty well overall!

Paathashalaloo – Ori Devuda (Leon James) – Telugu: Leon, after showing reasonable promise in Tamil, was a disappointment in Telugu (Next Enti?). But this song gives me some hope. It has his trademark ebullient sound and flows mighty well. Armaan Malik and Sameera Bharadwaj handle the singing well. Leon’s smaller nuances, like the layering of the flute for ‘Paatabadadu gaa’ towards the end, make it enjoyable.

Kottha Kottha Gaa – Aa Ammayi Gurinchi Meeku Cheppali (Vivek Sagar) – Telugu: What a gorgeous melody! Like the film’s title, the first line, by Chaitra Ambadipudi, seems unusually long. When Abhay Jodhpurkar interjects with his part and then leads to Chaitra’s ‘Kottha Kottha Gaa’ hook, the interplay is beautifully played out. I was mildly disappointed with some of Vivek’s recent work, but he is fantastic here!

Rode Rodaale Saam, Aaji, Roi Jaa Aakaax & Ghuri Suasunn – Jajabori (Papon) – Indipop/Axomiya: Papon’s new 4-song album is sheer delight! I believe the album’s name, ‘Jajabori’ means traveler/traveling (pardon my ignorance – Googled to understand whatever I could find). The song that best accentuates that feel is Rode Rodaale Saa which gains tremendously from his dreamy singing and a sweepingly calm melody! Aaji too has fantastic singing by Papon, and the tune remains soft and moody though the backgrounds offer a mildly more rhythmic sound that is however still downtempo without hitting any highs. Roi Jaa Aakaax goes a step ahead in terms of the rock sound it underlines particularly with the brilliant guitar that’s layered in. Ghuri Suasunn is the catchiest song of the album, with a lilting melody that is impossible not to sing along with!

Pasoori – Ali Sethi x Shae Gill (Coke Studio 14): Pasoori is perhaps the best of Coke Studio 14 so far! Not only do the vocals of Ali Sethi and Shae Gill merge so harmoniously as the song progresses, but the kind of musical influences (composed by Ali Sethi and Xulfi) that lift the song are phenomenal – that reggaeton-style beat and an incredibly soulful tune on top of it! The singing and the production are great examples of why Coke Studio Pakistan remains such a fantastic musical platform!

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