Commercial music labels had a boom of releases in the second half of March. From songs for movies and web series to pop artists, they featured a diverse roster. Only one indie band, a rising star in the Bengali music industry, released a new song.
Haat Rekhechhe- Mohomaya
Few commercial songs carry the intellect to rouse feelings of fear through haunting, hair-raising soundscapes. Here, the primary instrument used to carry this out is a cello, whose scratchy movement produces lines that hit the hair-raising spots. To top it off, an organ moves about in the lower spectrums, giving the whole sound a dense undercurrent. Even the lyrics court this shadowy ambiance, dealing with death, claustrophobia and the illusionary traps of memory. The singer also does a good job with his edgy vocals that blend into the minimal electronic beats, keeping the whole thing surreal.
Chup Kore Tui – Ei Ami Renu
A feel-good song about blossoming love during college days, ‘Chup Kore Tui’ falls under the perpetual bandwagon of commercial love songs that sound good but don’t register a mark. The music is built on a piano, acoustic guitar and soft pop melodies. The song talks about why the lovers kept their feelings under wraps and how feelings should be shared overcoming all barriers. During the bridge, the music gets buoyed by a folksy rhythm that is inherently Indian. The lyrics use numerous metaphors that talk about nature and the spring season. This song is bound to bring smiles to listeners.
Cholo Jaai – Anurag Halder
What would happen if the Bengali music industry caught up with international trends and made similar sounding music? ‘Cholo Jaai’ is an excellent example of that. An electronic producer put in different sounds, elevating beats and echoing sound effects to make a soundscape that is instantly recognizable and relatable. On top of that, Halder’s vocals talk about love and how life is empty without it. It is a perfect brew for getting popularity. However, his voice sounds too flat and the delivery also lacks finesse.
Eka Mon – Amrita Singh
This song courts the painful side of love – dealing with loneliness and being torn apart by memories of a love that has gone. The lyrics are rich in imagery that make it seem like a painting is being done in front of the listener. But where the song captures one’s attention is the music – it is the perfect blend of the old and new. Singh’s neo-classical vocals is accompanied by Indian classical instrumentation while the main rhythm is carried by the tabla. During the bridge section, an electronic avatar joins up, presenting a delectable contemporary sound.
E Path Geche Beke – Taalpatar Shepai
A journey song, ‘E Path Geche Beke’ takes from the worlds of illusion, dreams and reality. Nature is the central theme of the song, while the inner meaning reveals the search for a person or a higher state of mind. The vocals follow an old school style of singing that was found during the golden era of Bengali movies but is not used much. Beautiful melodies combine with intelligently placed string sections that evoke wanderlust. The video adds fuel to this fire as it shows the two-member band riding on the roof of a caravan that travels across picturesque mountains.