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Indie Music Releases From The Second Half Of March 2021- Reviewed

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Namrata Dixit/ Hope, Self-Released

Singer Namrata Dixit was inspired to write Hope after watching a film in which six artistes were stuck in a concentration camp during World War II. The video thus uses contemporary dance to express her emotions.

The words go, “Give me hope and give me bread, and take me away from here, if possible”.
Namrata’s voice has an intensity and expression that goes perfectly with the words.
The dark video, directed by Dharmendra K. Roy, captures the dance movements intricately. It’s an offbeat subject that requires sensitive handling, and both the singer and filmmaker do well.

Rating: 8/ 10

Shibani Kashyap/ Jogiya, Amplify

Shibani Kashyap has been on the scene since 1998, after her album Ho Gayi Hai Mohabbat with Aslam. She’s done a fair number of film songs after that, and this time comes up with a Punjabi love song.
With music by Manpal Singh, the song is simple and hummable. MG Mehul Gadani’s video, starring Dheeraj Dhoopar and Smriti Kalra, starts in a festive ambiance and goes to open-air fields, with a fairy-tale ending.
Though the theme has been done to death before, the love setting and choreography make it worth a watch. Shibani’s singing is natural.

Rating: 7/ 10

Meyisanen Lemtur/ Years Gone By

A singer-songwriter from Dimapur, Nagaland, Meyisanen Lemtur has a good sense of pop composition. On Years Gone By, he is joined by rapper JPollnd and singer Temsu Clover.
The song is reminiscent of the late 1990s doo-wop style, though one also senses a K-Pop influence. The words talk of moving on, and while each singer contributes, the three-part harmonies are done rather smoothly.
Young Lemtur has some interesting music on his five-song EP Years Gone By, and is surely brightening up the contemporary Nagaland Pop scene.

Rating: 7/ 10

Shubham J ft. Trishita Recs/ Teri Kami, Self-Released

In December, singer Shubham J had released Teri Kami, which obviously talks of missing someone’s presence. He now comes up with an acoustic guitar-driven duet with Trishita Recs.
It’s a very pleasant composition, and lines like “Rukhi rukhi lage zindagi jo tu nahin, le chal mujhe kabhi us zameen jahaan tu thi mili” bring out the song’s mood.
Being relatable, the song should attract younger audiences. Though it has a mushy film music influence, it works well.

Rating: 7/ 10

Sharmistha Chatterjee/ Jaye To Kahan, Self-Released

On her latest song Jaye To Kahan, Sharmistha Chatterjee talks of dealing with loss. What’s noteworthy is that she has composed it, done the music, and written lyrics herself.
The song begins, “Jaye to jaye kahan hum, duniya mein bade saare hai gham” and talks of how hope leads to despair. Guitarist Salil Charaya, bassist Anugrah Pandey, and percussionist Omkar Salunkhe lend inputs, and WeWork Studios does the animated video.
Besides being part of the Mekaal Hasan Band, Sharmistha has sung different genres like Sufi, Ghazal, Spiritual, Fusion, and Pop. This is a good addition to her repertoire.

Rating: 7/ 10

Vineet/ Jab The World, Self-Released

Imagine a vaccine that can cure hate. That’s what Vineet Singh Hukmani sings about in his latest release Jab The World, just as people are getting or gearing up for their shots.
The highlight is the fun video showing world leaders and the medical community dancing with joy. The song has a foot-stomping hard rock vibe – AC/DC-ish without the screech, though Vineet’s raspy voice suits the song.
While conveying a message, Vineet adds humour that’s welcome. The song is quite a hit on US radio stations, and the video adds another dimension.

Rating: 8/ 10

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Narendra Kusnur

Author: Narendra Kusnur

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