The last decade saw a huge leap in the quality of films coming out of the Malayalam film industry. The music has always been good, but what one got to see was how the new wave of directors treated the music as a tool to propel the storytelling. With the newfound popularity in recent years, this decade may well be the beginning of a golden era for Malayalam films and its rooted music. Coincidentally, most of the tracks featured in this week’s list are by newer composers.
Medamasa – Al Mallu – Ranjin Raj – Abaam N’ Joy
KS Harisankar & Shwetha Mohan are excellent in this lilting duet that is standard template till the superb chorus makes its appearance and from then on the track takes off. Kamalakar’s flute and Sumesh Parameshwar’s guitars combine well to provide an apt backing for the composition to flourish.
Rating – 8/10
Annoru Chattal Mazhayil – Manoharan – Sadar Nedumangad – Muzik247
‘Manoharan’ is about a local tourist guide in Kerala, who falls for a foreign tourist. The composition is as rooted as the premise and is right up Vineeth Sreenivasan’s zone and he breezes through the rendition in fine fashion. The ambient arrangements lead by the Acoustic guitar (Sanu P.S) and the finger snap are apt.
Kaantha – Gathi – Abishekh Amanath – Muzik247
The track and the accompanying video have an interesting backdrop. Apart from revolving around the struggles of a woman, this track is also a tribute to Thiruvembadi Sivasundar , an elephant, who lead the Thrissur Pooram celebrations for close to 15 years till he passed away in 2018. He was one of the most loved tuskers and has even music videos dedicated to him by top artists. This particular track even has a voiceover by Malayalam Superstar Mohanlal. Though the video and the message doesn’t come across cohesively, the song rendered by Harisankar.K.S is catchy and works well.
Rating – 7/10
Kannadi Koodum Kootti (Recreated) – Sanah Moidutty/Vidyasagar – Satyam Videos
This a classic track from the 1998 film, Pranayavarnangal, composed by Vidyasagar and originally sung by Yesudas & Chitra. Vidyasagar later took this song to Telugu (Tuneega Tuneega/Manasantha Nuvve) & later to Tamil (Mainave Mainave/Thithikkudhe) and were massive hits. Sanah Moidutty sweetly recreates the track keeping the innocence and warmth intact. The Thavil makes a sprightly appearance and the percussion that includes what sounds like a handpan is neatly done. Music production is by Prasanna Suresh. Lovely throwback to a classic track!
Rating – 9/10
For the uninitiated, here is the superb original. Vintage Vidyasagar!
The 1st half of January had very limited releases in Malayalam but the ones that did deliver gave a good account of themselves. We hope the latter half offers a lot more both in terms of numbers and variety.