Bapu: saMcara

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The trio of Sutirtho [vocalist/composer], Simon [guitarist], and Dipayan [percussion] are the members behind the band that goes by the name of ‘SaMcara’, which apparently means – in Sanskrit – “being/walking together”. Their song, “Bapu”, is a humorous dedication to the Father Of The Nation whose ideals may be fine in theory but, as analysed in the song, is a little suspect on the practical side of life. The satire is provided a sweet, clean treatment by saMcara, whose harmonies shine in this pristine setting of “Bapu”. The revised lyrics of “Raghupathi Raghava Rajaram” – interspersed with the main song –  surprises here, both in attitude and in arrangement. This is fun music at its best, but with an ethnic touch!

Listen and Download the songs here:http://www.artistaloud.com/saMcara

 

- Review by PARAG KAMANI

Pyaar: Bhuvan Bam

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New Delhi singer-songwriter Bhuvan Bam is also a producer and an instrumentalist. The sum of all parts shows on “Pyaar” as he creates a moody piano masterpiece for the slow paced track. Bhuvan’s arrangement is elegant, as the keyboard instrumentation in the background mimics subdued strings behind his very own voice and the ever present piano. It takes elements of the musical passages from various piano-based songs that you have heard in/from the past, and stretches them into a speech of unrequited love from an individual attempting to connect with the object of his affection. A heart wrenching standout with the orchestration wisely kept in the background, lends an added emotional weight to Bhuvan’s pronouncements.

Listen and Download the songs here:http://www.artistaloud.com/BhuvanBam

 

- Review by PARAG KAMANI

Give It To Me Hot: Jomag

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From Goa arrives Joseph Avinash Godinho, who uses the nom de plume of Jomag – an amalgamation of part of his first name combined with part of his late mother in law’s, Maggie – resulting in a quick paced, consistent hard rock attack, passionate playing, and a keen sense of melody in “Give It To Me Hot”. While it often sounds like an overlooked minor gem from the early days of hair metal, the simplistic song and its writing may be prone to all clichés of the rock form, but the guitar track still delights to an era of Album Rock [AoR]. Jomag certainly lays a clear cut foundation for his rock career with a supporting, pleasant voice.

Listen and Download the songs here:http://www.artistaloud.com/JOMAG

 

- Review by PARAG KAMANI

Aasai Mugam Marandhu Poche – Parasu Kalyan

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Chennai-born Parasu Kalyan began singing at seven due to his family’s passion for music, eventually singing playback for Tamil films, but he really made an international mark for himself once he relocated to Singapore. With “Asai Mugam Marandhu Poche”, Parasu has taken the traditional composition and updated it to make it sound contemporary. Though there are sufficient, precise vocals from Parasu, the instrumentation/arrangements of “Aasai Mugam” earns points for an array of exploratory keyboard/percussion pieces.  The track bounces back and forth between melodic bop and a hypnotic sequencer that should make Parasu’s forthcoming album, ‘Bhakthi Alai’, something to look forward to.

Listen and Download the songs here:http://www.artistaloud.com/ParasuKalyan

 

- Review by PARAG KAMANI

Waiting – Himali Vyas Naik

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From the success of “Thaari Sakhaaji”, singer Himali Vyas Naik – who was tutored in Indian classical vocals since four – has enhanced her reputation as a clear voiced vocalist with “Waiting”, a song collaborated with producer/arranger Harshit Acharya. Himali is backed by musicians who mix energetic guitars, bass, keyboards, and harmony vocals with the subtle usage of technology, adding loops or dub effects. The song is self-written, and fits well with the modernisation of a traditional raga, supported by Himali’s vocals shifting from Hindi to English by the song’s inevitable end on an impressive mid-tempo set bordering on world music.

Listen and Download the songs here:http://www.artistaloud.com/HimaliVyasNaik

 

- Review by PARAG KAMANI

I Miss My Home – Narayananunni

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Narayananunni is a music director creating a name for himself across various Indian film industries, and the training that he has obviously received from his peers holds him – and his composition, “I Miss My Home” – in good stead as this smooth ballad showcases Narayananunni’s talent as a composer, arranger, and as a keyboardist. With the support of fine vocalists Reshmi Mary Paul and Sachin Warrier – information that I captured from the net – takes this track to another level as their singing in English, and easy movement into Hindi, provides welcome support to the sweeping, romantic feel of “I Miss My Home”.  But the musical zenith of the song really is achieved when it reaches an orchestral crescendo at its inevitable end that suggests musical grandiosity. If this is quintessential Narayananunni, let us have more!

Listen and Download the songs here:http://www.artistaloud.com/NarayananunniS

 

- Review by PARAG KAMANI

Tell Me Now – Sunil Bhatia

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Songwriter and singer Sunil Bhatia has been interested in dramatics and in music, and “Tell Me Now”, a slow tempo track, is just one example of his musical talent. It is a song that evokes strong emotion without relying on typical pop ballad techniques, containing a lyric that evokes a moody sadness without ever becoming maudlin or heavy handed. The same can be said about the song’s melody, which uses minor key shadings to create a pensive feel, but employs several melodic twists to avoid a clichéd “depressing ballad” feel.  The arrangement of “Tell Me Now” highlights Sunil’s tender lead vocal against a hushed backdrop of acoustic and lead guitar. This production nicely mirrors the intimacy of the lyric and brings the selection a wistful quality to life in a vivid fashion.

Listen and Download the songs here:http://www.artistaloud.com/SunilBhatia

 

- Review by PARAG KAMANI

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