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Malayalam music review from the first half of August 2019

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A Carnatic musician who plays the Sitar and is also part of the Mewati Gharana lineage having trained under Pandit Jasraj for over seven years, (Pandit) Ramesh Narayan, is a veteran composer in the Malayalam film industry. ‘Kolambi’ is an upcoming film that has music by the Maestro and was one of the significant releases in the first half of August.

 

Aarodum Parayuka Vaiyya – Kolambi – Ramesh Narayan – Manorama Music

 ‘Aarodum’ is a rich & nuanced composition, sung soulfully by the composer’s daughter Madhushree Narayan. The other scintillating highlight of the song is Rajhesh Vaidya’s honeyed veena portions. Jossy John on the bass and Santhosh Chandran on the lead guitars play perfect foil. Enough said! Put your headphones on and enjoy this superb track!

 Rating – 10/10


Ororo Novin – Kolambi – Ramesh Narayan – Manorama Music

 If it was the Veena in the previous track, it is Purbayan Chatterjee’s Sitar that underlines this track and elevates it to another plane. To add to that, Ramesh Narayan gets legendary Carnatic vocalist Bombay Jayashri to croon this dulcet melody. Minimal arrangements and soothing lyrics by Prabha Varma complement the composition nicely. Add this to your late-night playlist and thank me later.

Rating – 9/10


Vidavaangi – Kalki – Jakes Bejoy – Goodwill Entertainments

What starts off as a simple lullaby in the voice of Sithara Krishnakumar, morphs into a lovely duet in the company of K.S.Harishankar, that captures the pain of separation quite beautifully. This a nice companion piece to Ororo Novin above. I especially loved the soaring ‘Ilam Veyil’ portions.

 Rating – 9/10

Jakes Bejoy was part of the audio team at The Walt Disney Company collaborating on some of their best selling games such as Cars2, Brave, Muppets etc.,

 
Mayum Meghame – Mizhiyil Nirayum Maunam – Dhanush M.H – Satyam Audios

A typical easy-listen melody in the voice of Vineeth Sreenivasan, Mayum Meghame, captures the blossoming romance of the leads. It is Vineeth’s show all the way with Subin Jerson’s flute making an impact.

 Rating – 7/10

 
Nee Aara – When Chai Met Toast – Independent Release

 Kochi based band ‘When Chai Met Toast’ consists of  Ashwin Gopakumar (vocals and guitar), Palee Francis (keys), Sailesh G Pai (drums) and Achyuth (Guitar & Banjo) and came up with the name representing the coming together of Indian (chai)and western (toast) influences in their music. Their facebook page lists their music under the genre ‘happy’ and lists Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers & Stevie Wonder among others as their musical influences. ‘Nee Aara’ is the band’s 1st Malayalam single and has an unmistakable rock influence. True to the description of their music, the track is infectious and catchy.

 Rating – 8/10

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