It is not unexpected that the bulk of new songs coming out now will be about the ongoing pandemic and how people are dealing with it. Bengali releases in the second half of July attest to that. While most songs ignite hope of surviving this crisis, others point fingers at the suffering of the masses.
Atmohotyar Khoshra- Samik Roy Choudhary
An unprecedented new style has been ushered in through this short composition by Samik Roy Choudhury which is a cross between a song and a short film.
Simple Blues shuffle peddled only by a keyboard and an electric guitar, it evokes borderline darkness. The lyrics tackle the disturbing issue of suicide and the circumstances that might drive one towards the brink. The hip-hop vocal style engages the audience, especially at the end when other sounds spring up to create a positive halo which lends the power to the vocals as it drives away the thought of giving up.
Welcome to India- The Migrant RAP- Tina Ghoshal
Welcome to India is a hard-hitting take of the woeful state of affairs that is plaguing currently – the migrant worker crisis. The unhinged voice of the singer points out the dire circumstances that this class of people faces while mocking the comforts of comfortable and upwardly mobile urban society.
The soundscape is sparse, accentuated by accelerated heartbeats, zooming static lines, and vocal hoots. She also sings out a message of hope that this crisis can be fought if people come together. An intelligent thought-provoker, its singing can be savored if one doesn’t mind the absence of instrumentation too much.
Prithibi Uthbe Shere- Souvik Datta
The pandemic has provided immense fodder for artistes to make songs. Usually, it is either about the suffering of the masses or overcoming this difficult time. “Prithibi Uthbe Shere”, translating to “the earth will heal”, falls under the latter category.
In a nutshell, there isn’t much imagination to the song. It speaks of hope and emerging out of this crisis and winning against the odds. The music is too formulaic, the beats are commonplace and the singing does not carry any feeling. Even though the song sends out a positive message, it is too forgettable.
Tomar Thikana- Rudra Sarkar
Playful musical motifs on the acoustic guitar open this pleasant song by Rudra Sarkar, which fits right into a typical style of modern Bengali songs inspired by the likes of Kabir Suman and Anjan Dutta.
Keyboard fillers and minimal drumming paint the exquisite words of love in colorful hues. Rudra’s light voice also adds to the soothing aspect of the overall soundscape. The lyrics, however, are really ear-catching, having the ability to conjure up images for the mind to see as the soulful tune frolics in the ear. All in all, this song will definitely make the listener smile.
Jhor Jani Theme Jabi- Lopamudra Mitra
Another song for hope, Jhor Jani Theme Jabi meaning “the storm will pass”, assures that all of us meet our friends again. Simple words delivered in the singer’s experienced rouses a plethora of emotions.
It calls for a little more patience and to overcome daily struggles. Just touching on soft rock envelopes, the music is rich and complex, augmented by dribbling bass fillers, exquisite flute solos, gentle guitar rhythms, and backbone drumming.
The most interesting moments in the song lies in the subtly changing soundscapes which bring in different moods under a generally pleasant and upbeat atmosphere. The more one listens to this piece, the more it will blossom in the ears.
**The review has been cited by Shashwata Kundu Chauddhary.
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