With the pandemic, artistes are resorting to making music from their own homes and relying on the magic of post-production. All the time spent alone is also bolstering creativity. So much so, that the first half of July sees film music, which generally abides by a specific formula, giving its indie counterpart a run for its money in terms of ingenuity.
Here is the Bengali music review from the first half of July 2020.
Bengali rock veterans Lakkhichhara are busy recording new material, Alo, meaning light in Bengali, being among them.
As the title suggests, this song is intended to bring light and hope to people in the midst of the depressing pandemic which has robbed mankind of their way of life. Though staying in the rock format, textures have been flirted with amorously.
The drumming follows heavy industrial patterns while one guitar has been used only for ambient soundscapes. The banjo adds a surprising folk touch too. The band members recorded their parts separately in their own homes and it was put together in production.
Sangachhyadhwam- Brihonnola- One Body, Two Souls
This surreal song plays out like a “mantra” on which a transgender person rehearses a dance recital. It is a beautiful blend of two art forms. Sung by Jayanta Mitra on Rabindranath Tagore’s words, it has classical overtures.
The best part about this track is that it is only vocals, carried on a bed of drone sounds that can be faintly detected – a pleasant reminder that true beauty does not require ornaments.
But the emotions are on point and are bound to leave goosebumps on the skin of the listener who really immerses in the song.
Ei Shohor- Mukhosh
The broody beginning creeps into the skin, bound to hit some unusual chords.
The edgy female vocals seem like it is being scratched very faintly by a long nail. Only later, it blossoms into a rock track that flies on dense instrumentation to suddenly drop into a minimal piano lull.
The lyrics depict the urban setting of forgotten streets, dust and dirt, and the overall sense of murkiness that prevails over the smoky skies, equating it to an intoxicated stupor that breaks again and again.
Shajano Thaak- Mukhosh
A beautiful track that freewheels in whirling dense balls of heavy music while falling like a serene waterfall in a lush green setting at the offset, this is a different ride than most songs that find a place in films.
Intelligent, the soundscapes carry the sub-plots to merge into the bigger story, while the wistful female vocals play a shady side character.
The song reminisces that even though everything seems to collapse, the only thing that matters is putting up a smile. The several mood changes in the two-minute track are breathtaking and deserve several listens to appreciate the richness of each part.
Kanar Hat Bajar- FolkTave Band
Quite an impactful song, this hard-rock rendition of a folk song by Lalon Fakir is impressive at the onset with distorted guitars, deadly riffs, and meaty rhythms.
The video is murky and dark with the band playing on a sandy field with a ring of fire surrounding them. Clippings of war and tanks, as well as military leaders, reinforce the theme that man is blind and resorts to war for gaining peace.
The guitar solo is sweeping with Carnatic leanings. The instrumentation is simply superb but where the song falls flat on its face is the drab singing.