The 2nd half of November hardly had anything to write home about. From that perspective, the 1st half of December fared better. But the number of releases were few and far between, possibly being hoarded targetting the Christmas week. But the good thing about the ones that did release was most of them were listenable stuff.
Enna Undra – Kettiyolaanu Ente Malakha – William Francis – Magic Frames
The song travels through a Christian wedding and captures the events neatly. William Francis composes and sings this with the right energy. The electric guitar portions (Sandeep Mohan) in the interlude and the band music are notable.
Rating – 6/10
Athmavile – Kettiyolaanu Ente Malakha – William Francis – Magic Frames
Najim Arshad towers over this reflective track with his superb rendition. The composer keeps the backgrounds minimal and unintrusive and leaves the spotlight with Najim and the slow-burning melody.
Rating – 8/10
Thazhvarangal – Valiyaperunnal – Rex Vijayan – Monisha Rajeev Entertainments (MRE)
Rex Vijayan is on a roll with this soundtrack and here he has another hit. This is another pensive number to go with ‘Athmavile’ above, just that this is in a happier and romantic space, and is sung by the composer himself. The stylized Nadhaswaram interlude and the slide guitar arrangements work well.
Rating – 7/10
Sakhiyee – Thrissur Pooram – Ratheesh Vega – Friday Film House
Named after the iconic annual Vadakkunathan temple event that is the largest and most famous among the Pooram celebrations across different cities in Kerala, this film stars Jayasurya and Swathi Reddy. The backing vocals by Ratheesh and Shakthi are nicely done. Haricharan is excellent and the flute (Nadhan) and violin (Karthick Iyer) offer great support
Rating – 8/10
Eninna Enithenna – Prathi Poovankozhi – Gopi Sundar – Goodwill Entertainments
This is a delightful track in the voice of the legend P.Jayachandran ably supported by Abhaya Hiranmayi. Gopi uses the cycle bell chime to lovely effect in this folkish melody that has an infectious rhythm and it gets even better when Manju Warrier launches into a jig in the video.
Rating – 9/10
Despite the handful of releases, it is indeed good to see most of them making to the playlist. ‘Namah’ by Thaikkudam Bridge did not make the cut for me despite loads of talent on show as part of the collaborations.