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Indie Music Releases From The First Half Of July 2021- Reviewed

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Prathamesh Tambe & Sayantika Ghosh/ Fish, Springboard Records

Mumbai singer-songwriter Prathamesh Tambe teams up with Kolkata-based Dream-Pop artiste Sayantika Ghosh on Fish, a song on how small errors help shape up one’s life and how willpower can help overcome obstacles.

The song has a metaphorical touch, and both singers take turns between the main lines and harmonies. The acoustic guitar provides a natural backdrop, and the song impresses with its simplicity.

The vocal chemistry is just right, and Prathamesh sounds fabulous on the line, “(As they all) watch me go, watch me go, as the river flows by”.

The song flows in tandem.

Rating: 7/ 10

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Ritviz/ Khamoshi, Self-Released

On his latest track Khamoshi, popular singer Ritviz teams up with producer Karan Kanchan. His signature singing style comes through once again, and though he’s used it often, he’s built up a following for sounding different from the others.

The song has a synth-pop flavour as Ritviz sings, “Khamoshi sehna yeh nahin zaroori”.

The lyrics by Anvita Bharti and Encore of the duo Seedhe Maut are light and relatable. The video, directed by Pranit Sahni, has a fun element in that it uses a pair of sneakers as the motif.

Ritviz has announced plans to release 21 songs by the year-end. A wider assortment of styles would be welcome.

Rating: 7/ 10

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Riyaa Sengupta/ Caged, Self-Released

The good thing about this song is that it’s simple, soulful and meaningful. More often than not, these qualities attract listeners. Add to that the fact that Riyaa Sengupta’s voice is filled with expression, and you have a winner.

Though it seems the song talks about being “caged” during the pandemic, its meaning extends much beyond, as it talks about finding one’s inner self.

The video by Skyboxmedia describes a desire to break free.

“Red, pink, green, blue were my colours, now left with black, white and grey; I smiled really bright loud and clear, what do I mourn for today?” sings Riyaa. Get the drift?

Rating: 8/ 10

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Inalab ft. Dhruv Sangari/ Sitaron Se Aage, Self-Released

The brainchild of rock band Parikrama’s bassist Gaurav Balani, Inalab is an electro-rock project that’s done some commendable work. The latest, Sitaron Se Aage, pays a tribute to Parikrama guitarist Sonam Sherpa, who passed away last year.

Talented Sufi singer Dhruv Sangari, who’s learnt from the late maestro Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, joins as vocalist.

The lines “Sitaron se aage jahaan aur bhi hai, abhi ishq ke imtihan aur bhi hai” are derived from Allama Iqbal’s famous poem.

Dhruv’s vocals are pleasant, and the production is marvellous. The song grows on you slowly but surely.

Rating: 8/ 10

Anand Bhaskar Collective/ Jaadoogari, Self-Released

The Anand Bhaskar Collective is known for its eclectic sound blending alternative rock flavours with Hindi lyrics and Carnatic elements. The latest song Jaadoogari impresses with its neat, catchy tune.

Vocalist Anand is accompanied by a line-up that comprises guitar, bass, piano, violin and drums. The animated video, directed by Mukund Sincro, is in sync with the words.

With lines like “Sunta kisiki na karta yeh khud ki, hai ishq aisa bavandar, dikhta nahin hai yeh mehsoos hota, hai ishq aisa ek manzar” add a certain depth to a likeable song.

Rating: 7/ 10

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Tanuj Manchanda/ Teri Yaadan Vich, Voxxora Music

Delhi-based singer Tanuj Manchanda has had a stint learning from Suresh Wadkar in Mumbai. His latest single Teri Yaadan Vich is a pleasant Punjabi ballad that has a strong melody.

The song has been written and composed by Tanuj, with the main lines being, “Teri yaadan vich sajna ve, bhij gayee meri akhiyan ve.”

The production by Aman Agarwal is worth a mention.

Tanuj has a warm voice, and one hopes to hear more from him. This is definitely a tune worth humming.

Rating: 8/ 10

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Narendra Kusnur

Author: Narendra Kusnur

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