The 1st half of October was rather tepid with respect to new music releases. Apart from the complete soundtrack of Puppy (Dharan Kumar), there were no other significant album or single releases. With the festival of lights around the corner, one can expect the second half of October to be a lot more busier.
Vellai Poove – Hi Hello Kadhal – Vishnu Shyam – Muzik247
This is a pleasing melody so reminiscent of Vidyasagar’s heydays. Part of the deja vu is possibly Balram Iyer’s voice, who has in the past sung some gorgeous melodies (‘Kaatrin Mozhi’ from Mozhi for instance) for Vidyasagar. But all credit to Vishnu Shyam for the composition. Balram Iyer and Sruthy Sasidharan are excellent with their velvety vocals. Vishnu Vijay’s flute interludes shine through.
This song is part of a short film and is not available (unfortunately) as a single on youtube and is available only on a couple of streaming platforms.
Rating – 8/10
Saaral Nee – Independent Release – Raja Sai – Vasy Music
Sung by Keshav Vinod (Super singer reality show contestant) this is a nice catchy track composed by Raja Sai. The chorus portions ‘Urangaamal Unnaye’ and the guitar accompanying the charanam are notable.
Rating – 6/10
Uyirae Vaa – Puppy – Dharan Kumar – Sony Music South
The USP of this track definitely is that it features Gautham Vasudev Menon (GVM) behind the mic (he is also credited with the conceptualization of the nicely done music video). Though one has heard him croon briefly in some of his interviews and stage shows, this one was a surprise (He has also sang a small playback bit of an Ilaiyaraaja classic in his film ‘Neethaane En Pon Vasantham’) and he handles it well, especially the higher registers. Alisha Thomas gives him good company and compliments the duet well. The song is also interspersed with some dialogs in the now-familiar voice of the top director.
The composition itself is pensive and a slow burner of sorts with neat piano and guitar arrangements. The pause after the ‘Urasa Urasa’ (lyrics by RJ Vijay) portion, leading to Alisha’s entry is nice.
Rating – 7/10
Adada – Aayiram Jenmangal – C Sathya – Saregama Tamil
Vijaynarain’s singing is the highlight of this peppy track and his voice suits GV Prakash quite well. The ‘Ginnu Adikkavilla’ hook is appealing. The lyrics by Yugabharathi are standard template stuff.
Rating – 6/10
Unreserved – Independent album – Praveen Sparsh
This album by Mridangam & percussion artiste Praveen Sparsh released in the fag end of September and attempts to fuse rhythms and sounds that we encounter during the various journeys, with traditional percussion elements (Mridangam, Konnakol, Kanjira, etc.,). Apart from Praveen’s wife, violinist Shreya Devnath (interestingly they tied the knot in a ‘zero-waste’ wedding last year), the album features Napier Naveen Kumar on the bass, Jonah Levine on the Trombone, Aaron Janik on the Trumpet.
Of the 5 tracks, ‘Unreserved’ and ‘Savaari’ are the one’s that appeal instantly. The transitions from the chaotic railway station atmosphere to the Mridangam in the former and the autorickshaw to the Kanjira & Konnakol in the latter are fascinating.
‘Fly’ as the name suggests samples familiar sounds from a flight travel and gains immensely from Shreya’s (disciple of Shri. Lalgudi Jayaraman) mellifluous strings and ends on brilliant high. The short ‘Bird song’ is interesting till the time it lasts. ‘Maya’ is Praveen’s show all the way and is the most predictable of the tracks. Praveen’s mastery over percussion (he renders all of them) shows and is the sparkling highlight of the album. An album that is high on energy and has great production values as well!
Rating – 9/10
Save for a couple of tracks the 1st fortnight of October was quite disappointing. Let us hope Diwali brings in some fireworks.