The 2nd half of May saw really brilliant songs across genres. While Borno Anonyo brought rebellion and history, the dark side of love was painted with tear-jerking compositions. Bangla rock also found its place alongside modern Rabindra sangeet.
Heiyo Ho – Borno Anonyo
There are very few songs that root you to the spot yet make you want to rain thunder-and-lightning on oppressors. Borno Anonyo’s charged ‘Heiyo Ho’ is one such specimen. Riding on rhythmic power provided by a frame drum and synchronized clapping, the song creates an intense atmosphere of rebellion. The violin and electric guitar maintain the furious pace while adding unhinged fillers at times. Thematically, the song overcomes the fear that comes with war. Surviving from it, it aims to create a new Bengal – this song was written as a tribute to Bangladesh’s Liberation War that happened fifty years ago in 1971.
Tumi Nei – Borda Dipanjan Chatterjee
A cold, shuddering take on loss, ‘Tumi Nei’ beautifully evokes the feeling of losing a person who was an integral part of before. The soundtrack of the movie ‘The Last Redemption’, the accompanying video adds to the sorrow and depression. As the lyrics say, the heart bleeds as it confronts the harsh reality of being alone while basking in the golden joys of warm memories and nostalgia. Though it is a traditional alternative rock track with a standard guitar solo, the song uses sounds and effects that make it edgy. Even Dipanjan’s poignant vocals seem like they are coming through a veil, driving in the separation.
Asamapto – Ananya Chakraborty
Asamapto, translating to incomplete, deals with love, but isn’t run-of-the-mill. It deals with the incompleteness of the protagonist’s life without the presence of her lover – her dreams are empty, so are her joys. She wishes her lover to be back, so that love can blossom again. The music is light – acoustic guitar strums and strategically placed kick drum beats that resemble a heartbeat. Near the outro, a twinkling solo meets an atmospheric electric guitar painting the pain of separation on mournful bends. Ananya’s vocals is the queen of the song – evoking the requisite emotions perfectly, though the way it is superimposed on the music to make it sound louder is jarring to the ear at times.
Lajja – Prithibi
Bangla rock band Prithibi, which is back again with a new line-up, is churning out attention-grabbing music for the past year. With young blood behind the instruments, an energetic sound is evolving out of its alternative rock roots. There are elements of djent, post rock and hard rock in their music, while their adherence to dual guitar work and big ambient backdrops sets a precedent for Bangla rock’s new direction. The lyrics deal with the negative feelings that come with shame, but the vocals required a much heavier voice to match the density of the music. But one forgets all that when the guitar solos take over – it is simply a treat!
Mor Bhabonare – Barnini Chakraborty
An old classic of Rabindrasangeet, ‘Mor Bhabonare’ expands beyond horizons as it weaves into both the sonorous past and the experimental modern. The words are synced inside ancient sounds of the sort heard in a religious setting, while beats dance around in abandon. A majestic piano passage follows, like a big river of sound. It builds up, the sound undergoing a subtle change into higher energy; finally, evolving like a volcano into the hard grooves of a rock song. The vocals, however, are not very imaginative, hence eluding the mysticism of the inherent meaning.