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


Tubby/ Keh Rahan, Tubby’s Music

Popular Mumbai composer and arranger Indrajit Sharma aka Tubby makes his debut as a singer with Keh Rahan. It’s a travel song, set over a BMW GTL K1600 bike ride from Mumbai to Kerala.

Sonam Saini writes the words, which begin, “Keh rahan, keh rahan, zindagi se dil mera yeh, keh rahan, keh rahan, dil mera”. Neel Mukherjee’s guitar adds subtle nuances, though the track uses many electronic sounds too.

The video shows picturesque locales. Though the vocals needed more smoothness, the song has a pleasant tune and some neat arrangements.

Rating: 7/ 10

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Chandana Bala Kalyan/ Sadho, Indianuance

Over the past few years, talented singer Chandana Bala Kalyan has recorded many songs for YouTube. A few of them have now been put out on online streaming platforms.

One of them is Sant Kabir’s Sadho, which Chandana renders beautifully. With basic keyboard arrangements, she sings, “Mat haaro Sadho, Sadho, manush janma sudhaaro”.

The Tamil song Kayudai Nellodu, a traditional paasuram by Andal, and the Hindi piece Bole Bhagwan are also out online. Fans can check them out.

Rating: 8/ 10

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Adrian D’Souza, Neuman Pinto/ Never Let It Go, Self-Released

Last year, popular Mumbai drummer Adrian D’Souza teamed up with singer Neuman Pinto on the song Livin’ It Up On My Own. They get together on Never Let It Go.

The song has an easy, feelgood aura, beginning with the lines, “Home alone unwinding, candles lit, a glass of wine”. Later, Pinto sings about “never ever let this feeling go” as “days and nights get intertwined”.

Smooth guitars, smart keyboards and subtle drums characterise the composition, and the vocal harmonies add to the impact. Though one feels the ending could be shorter, the song peps you up.

Rating: 7/ 10

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Suneeta Rao/ Vaada Karo, Self-Released

One of the earliest Indipop singers, Suneeta Rao talks of fighting climate change on her new release Vaada Karo. She sings, “Parbat pighalne lage hain, yeh dharti ujadne lagi hai, yeh nadiya hai sukhi, yeh zameen hai bhookhi, garmi jo padne lagi hai”.

Composed by Dhruv Ghanekar, it features the Dharavi Rocks band and rapper Balaji aka Crazy B. Though the rap part seems forced, the song is helped by a strong hook and catchy backing vocals.

The video is a mix performance shots and stock footage. It goes well with the message conveyed.

Rating: 7/ 10

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Arnav Maggo/ Jo Tu Hai Yahaan, Self-Released

The first thing one observes about Arnav Maggo’s singing is his pleasant voice texture. He also effectively uses pauses between words, and that adds to the impact of his new single Jo Tu Hai Yahaan.

As the title suggests, the song is about how one feels after finding the right person. “Jo tu hai yahaan, junoon sa hai naya; Jo tu hai yahaan, umeedon, geeton se bhara”, he sings to some neat chord progressions.

Hailing from Delhi, Arnav also spent time in New York. After working in finance there, he moved back to Delhi to focus on music. He has the potential for sure.

Rating: 7/ 10

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Anami/ I Look At You, Self-Released

Sanjana Urs aka Anami is a singer-songwriter from Mysore who’s released her debut single I Look At You. For a newcomer, it’s a good beginning, as the song is marked by clear vocals and a soothing air.

The song was written when Anami observed that people were tired of sitting at home during lockdown, and yet so much was happening on social media. Guitarist Manohar Prasad provides steady back-up.

Lines like “Questions are just a lie, answers are hard to find, so sing your song out loud, strong, even if you cry” reflect maturity. All in all, a sincere start.

Rating: 7/ 10

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Narendra Kusnur

Author: Narendra Kusnur

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