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Bengali music releases from the first half of May 2020- Reviewed

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Oi Je Jhorer Megher – Borno Anonyo 

Borno Anonyo’s creations surpass the mere constructs of songs by including poetry, theatre and imagery. Such previously unheard soundscapes cannot be savoured better than on this song. Tagore’s song and Shelley’s poem find fusion in a primal rendition which threatens to uproot everything by the sheer force of nature and feeling. The mystical twangs of the oud are complemented by the high-pitched dotara trills and brush-stroke percussion playing. The sound itself has a tale to tell. The convergence of male and female voices keep the listener at bay while touching their hearts at the same time. All in all, a rousing eye-opener!

Rating– 9/10

Bibhajon – Rupam Islam 

Bangla rock’s meanest torch-bearer Rupam Islam returns to the gritty avatar of his younger days, tempered with experience and maturity. Borderline hard rock leanings incite hair-raisers and feed energy to dark corners of the mind. Rupam talks about the divisions that this sudden pandemic has brought about and the endless suffering that numerous people have to go through which will only go on to widen the gap. Intellectuals will debate and debate, while the people on society’s fringes suffer without relief. Haunting images of deserted Kolkata form a major chunk of the video which is enough to drive home the message of the terrifying situation we are in.

Rating– 8/10

Shona Diya – The Milliputs 

Folk rock music is the rage in Bengal now. Multitudes of forms are springing up from the spring-well of traditional folk music, mostly mixed with modern music which involves guitars, synthesizers and drums. The Milliputs’s sweet rendition of ‘Shona Diya’ for the detective web series Eken Babu o Dhaka Rahashya is a prime example of this trend. The song is composed in the manner of folk music but has none of its instrumentation or rhythm. The singing follows a rural style, adding flavour to the rock arrangement, while the lyrics invoke rural imagery. As an independent product, the song can earn laurels.

Rating– 7/10

Laal ey Laal – Borno Anonyo 

Can only feeling carry a song, especially when it does not come in a polished package of high class recording or mastering? ‘Laal ey only feeling carry a song, especially when it does not come in a polished package of high class recording or mastering? ‘Laal ey Laal’ in the naked voice of Saty Laal’ in the naked voice of Satyaki Banerjee breaks all such norms. Yes, the mobile phone recording and imperfect nuances of a live take do blare at the ears, but the feeling of being swept away by what the song projects is undeniable. An oud plays the erratic companion to Satyaki’s dangerously free singing while minimal percussion adds required rhythm for continuity. The hardly disguised political reference is only the canopy for deeper explorations into dreams, humanity and emotions.

Rating– 7/10

Asim Kalsagore – Jayati Chakraborty 

A wistful violin at the onset sets the tone for Jayati Chakraborty’s veteran voice to weave aural magic. The music is light, simmering subtly under the vocals, lifting its head up at times to add beautiful flavour. Her voice hits exquisite notes, at times almost reverential as it wonders who knows the location of the immortal house. Such a surreal theme required no percussion and is carried by an invisible rhythm, almost like the sea lapping softly onto the sandy shores – poignant and patient. The song is bound to leave the listener with a strange calmness.

Rating– 8/10

 

Prachi Agarwal

Author: Prachi Agarwal

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