Despite the Diwali season, the music releases in the 2nd half of October in Tamil were quite limited, with Radhan’s ‘Adithya Varma’ (remake of Arjun Reddy starring Dhruv Vikram) being the only big-ticket release. Before we get into how those songs fared, here is a look at some interesting independent releases.
Single Superstar – Independent Release – Ben Human & Tosh Nanda – Sony Music South
Nagercoil born – Denmark based musician Ben Human and his co-composer Tosh Nanda’s new pop single, is a fun take on dealing with break-ups positively. There is an obvious Michael Jackson influence, especially in the ‘We just broke up’ portion. But to their credit, Ben & Tosh put together an easily likable track. The lyrics by Ben himself are apt and have optimism written all over. The music video is neatly done with good production values.
Rating – 8/10
Adiyathe – Independent Release – Swagatha.S.Krishnan – Saai Media
From being a contestant in the Kalaignar TV show ‘Vaanambadi’, hosted by the inimitable SPB, to a composer, Swagatha has indeed come a long way. It is heartwarming to see the emergence of a female composer in a male-dominated domain. It definitely adds perspective and purpose to the music around us.
The sprightly nadhaswaram (Padmanabhan) sets the right tone and Swagatha ropes in the ever-dependable Sathyaprakash to sing along. The composition starts on a dreamy note and goes on to take a folkish turn. The song definitely works better with the colorful music video directed by Muhilan Murugesan. The lyrics are run-of-the-mill and the song definitely deserved better. Well done overall!
Rating – 7/10
Vaadi Pulla – Independent Release – Pravin Mani – Divo
This is a breezy track sung well by Harish. Canada based composer-producer Pravin Mani’s tune is simple and hummable. The ‘Nee En Muthu Malare’ reprise holds the song together.
Rating – 6/10
It is now common knowledge about how Bala’s ‘Varmaa’ became ‘Adithya Varma’. Radhan, one of the few to survive the revamp of technicians, comes up with a solid soundtrack that hits the right emotions.
Yaarumilla – Adithya Varma – Radhan – Aditya Music
Sung by the reigning sensation Sid Sriram and penned beautifully by Vivek, this dulcet melody with its Sufi turn is a wonderful listen. The Sarangi, piano, and strings complement the mood perfectly. Sid Sriram is in his zone and melts away with his gorgeous vocals. The only minor complaint is Sid’s diction (‘ThuLaittha Aazhatthil’ becomes ‘ThoLaittha Aazhatthil’) that sticks out like a sore thumb. I wish someone paid attention. Lovely song otherwise.
Rating – 8/10
Amundhangalaal – Adithya Varma – Radhan – Aditya Music
The moment I stumbled upon the word ‘Kumudhangalaai’ in the 2nd line of the song I wondered if this was penned by lyricist Thamarai and my guess was on the dot. Thamarai (means ‘lotus’) occasionally uses different words that denote the flower as a stamp in her songs (Thamarai Veguthey – Thalli Pogaathey; Vaavi Neeril Kamalam – Raasaali – both songs from Accham Enbathu Madamaiyada, for instance). Priyanka sounds ethereal in this track that has a heady arrangement that features a fantastic Sitar. The fleeting usage of the Mridangam stands out. The brief male chorus is the only put-off in an otherwise impressive song.
Rating – 8/10
Kanaa – Adithya Varma – Radhan – Aditya Music
This dreamy number sung by Krithika Nelson and penned by Thamarai is arranged exquisitely in waltz style. Krithika is excellent with her intimate rendition and aces the alaap portions. The short appearance of the Santoor(?) right at the end is a lovely touch.
Rating – 9/10
The sprightly ‘Dhooram‘ that features a neat vocal harmony and sung by Dhvani Bhanusali and the jazzy ‘Idhu Enna Maayamo‘ penned by actor Siva Karthikeyan (he is making rapid strides as a dependable lyricist!) and sung by Ranjith Govind (apart from the 2 singles released earlier, ‘Edharkadi’ – that was featured in our August list and the passable ‘Yean Ennai Pirindhaai’) round off this really good soundtrack. Fair to say this one belongs to Radhan!