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Malayalam Music Releases from the 2nd fortnight of January 2020

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One can confidently say that the Malayalam film industry is one of the foremost when it comes to pushing the envelope constantly when it comes to filmmaking and storytelling. It is no surprise that the music follows suit. The limited but varied releases in the 2nd fortnight of January 2020 are proof enough.

Raat – Trance – Jackson Vijayan – Muzik247

True to the title of the film, Jackson Vijayan goes for an addictive psychedelic sound and in a coup of sort gets 2 female composers to sing this one. ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ composer Sneha Khanwalkar and Neha Nair (who along with Yakzan Gary Pereira composed for Iyobinte Pustakam, 5 Sundarikal, Underworld etc.,) are a potent combination to sing this intoxicating trance number that gets you foot-tapping instantly.

Rating – 9/10

Noolupoyo – Trance – Jackson Vijayan – Muzik247

This track and the accompanying video justifies the opening statement of the article about the new age film making in Malayalam cinema. Anwar Rasheed is one filmmaker at the forefront of this renaissance. Sung by Pradeep Kumar, Mohammed Maqbool Mansoor & Jackson himself, this is another addictive track that works better with the visuals. The Sitar riffs (Paulson) and guitar are superb.

Rating – 8/10

Uyire – Gauthamante Radham – Ankit Menon – Muzik247

Firstly, I am looking forward to this film, especially after listening to the brilliantly laid out soundtrack and the hilariously rooted trailer about a family planning to buy their first car (the ‘radham’ – chariot in question). Neeraj Madhav (remember Moosa from the Amazon Prime Series ‘The Family Man’?!) looks in fine form as well.

Sid Sriram is omnipresent these days. But what matters most is that he seems to possess the Midas touch. The mellifluous track backed by guitars (Ashwin Aryan & Shatarchi Hundet) and strings is a very good listen and added the much-needed warmth to the already cozy visuals.

Rating – 9/10

Theera Kadha – Gauthamante Radham – Ankit Menon – Muzik247

This track eulogizes a road trip as an ‘unending story’ and juxtaposes the journey with the lives of the protagonist and his grandmother. Sung by the composer himself, the track bursts into a joyful detour in the voice of Preetha Madhu Menon midway. Rithu Vysakh on the strings & Sunil Sylvester, Shatarchi Hundet & Ashwin Aryan on the Guitars deserve special mention.

Rating – 9/10

Bang Bang – Gauthamante Radham – Ankit Menon – Muzik247

Neeraj Madhav’s earthy rap fused with Sayonara Philip’s steady vocals backed by the pulsating beatboxing (uncredited) and sprightly guitars make for a fantastic track that guarantees an adrenaline rush.

Rating – 8/10

The super jazzy ‘Moham Ennorundhuvandi’ (https://www.jiosaavn.com/song/moham-ennorunthuvandi/QTI6RTZHf0o) sung by Gowri Lekshmi, is available only as part of the audio jukebox but makes for a fantastic listen. Ankit Menon rounds off the album with the lovely ‘Ud Chala’ – a full-fledged hindi track and the folksy ‘Theythaka Tharam’ that also features some neat raaga touches. That is staggering variety in a soundtrack and I look forward to more of Ankit’s works in the future.

Here is the complete jukebox, for the record.

Aadiyilalo Anthamilalo – Independent Release – Masala Coffee

‘We are all Star Dust. We come empty-handed, we leave empty-handed’ proclaim the lyrics, emphasizing on spending one’s life meaningfully instead of indulging in petty fights. The snappy composition is what the band has come to be known for and the ‘Thandaane Thaana’ hook gets one to jive instantly. With one of their lead vocalist Sooraj Santosh exiting the band to pursue a solo career, this is new beginnings for the band.

Rating – 8/10

That is some variety in one fortnight. Enjoy the diverse music!

Chandrasekar TV

Author: Chandrasekar TV

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