The second half of August saw non-film music taking the trophy home. Also, there was no competition from the other labels who produce film songs, due to the lack of new film releases. The theme of these independent releases centered around overcoming the pandemic with positivity.
Bhalo Theko 19 – Anupam Roy ft. Prattyush Banerjee
Composer Anupam Roy with a ray of hope beaming through this song, asks his listeners to close their eyes and tell themselves that they are alright in spite of whatever is happening all around.
The music is transcendental with the sarod creating an echoing and calming effect. Its part is played in two separate channels and two tones, creating a compounding effect. The keys follow it with harmonies, while a heavy drum and bass hold the steady rhythm section. On top of all this, Roy’s soothing voice never fails to enchant.
Hariyechi Shur – Rajkumar
A mixture of spoken word poetry and traditional singing, the song is as strange as it gets. The music is light, dribbling on the fringes. The drums, especially, seems like it is grazing along outside the entire sound spectrum but is intrinsically carrying the song too. A lazy guitar lifts it head up at times to play answer-and-call phrases. But all this is secondary to the philosophical nature of the lyrics.
A thought-provoker, Hariyechi Shur talks about how exhausted a person can get in the walk of life, and sometimes, a pause is inevitable but necessary.
Hey Soonrita – Musical Bandits
Musical Bandits is a young band in the Bengali music scene which has just started to flex its muscles. Hence, it lacks the maturity that comes with experience. A noteworthy effort if taken as a simple singer-songwriter effort, the problems come when it is fleshed out with needless experimentation with a kazoo solo.
It totally distorts the beautiful Latin American vibe created by a dynamic rhythm guitar and intelligent Cajon beats. But the songwriting needs improvement because the originality is less evident that the writer’s influences.
Also, the lyrical theme of a convincing a lover to marry her musician boyfriend is old.
Salute – Joler Gaan
Inarguably the most uplifting song on this list, Salute applauds all those people who are at the frontline in the fight against the pandemic. From doctors, nurses, medical personnel and police, army to bankers and journalists, all are appreciated as they are putting their lives on the line to maintain order.
The music is purely acoustic with a harmonium and harmonica creating different sonic waves that play with each other. Instruments like dhak and Cajon maintain a solid fast-paced rhythm that is infectious. Only the outro takes a tender turn where hope blossoms like a nascent flower.
Adorbelar Gaan – Brishtilekha Nandini, Rupankar Bagchi
A tale about two old lovers reuniting again a decade later tugs at the soft strings of the heart. The music follows a straightforward soft rock format. Narration eggs on the story while the song fills in the spaces. The string section paints somber soundscapes over the happy melodies and lilting flute solos. The camaraderie of the singers is equally uplifting as is the content.
A song for all lovers, this is sure to hit the right mark when it comes to bringing a smile on the listener’s face.