Fagun Ahise Notun Ronge – Angshuman Pol Deka

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Based in Guwahati, multi-talented artiste Angshuman Pol Deka  has apparently been performing since age five, initially learning harmonium and tabla, before expectedly taking a journey into reality-based programmes such as ‘Sa-Re-Ga-Ma-Pa’ and ‘The Voice’. However, Angshuman’s journey to find his true vocation continues with “Fagun Ahise Notun Ronge”, an Assamese romantic track, featuring lyrics co-authored by him with Barnali Chanda, and music provided by Rajib Hazarika. The result on “Fagun Ahise Notun Ronge” is pleasantly and inoffensively melodic, with welcome yet limited interludes from piano and from guitar on a softer and friendlier landscape that appears to augur just fine for Angshuman Pol Deka as he plays safe by remaining well within his comfort zone.

 

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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Sanu Ik Pal – Mame Khan

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After witnessing Mame Khan’s brilliancy last year at the Mumbai Exhibition Centre’s ‘Paddy Fields’ concert, he continues to perform in a style that remains unique, pursuing a tradition introduced by his family over fifteen generations. Commencing his musical career in a small village named Satto, near Jaisalmer, Mame Khan’s energy and his vocal prowess owes much to his father and tutor, late Shri Rana Khan, as it transcends his repertoire consisting of folk and Sufi songs.

On ‘Sanu Ik Pal’, Mame Khan takes traditional lyrics from Punjabi and Rajasthani folk, and combines them with both his composing and singing talents. Superbly arranged by Amol Dangi, the instrumentation blends with the musical content to perfection, thanks to the musicians featured: Vikram Singh Chongtham [guitar]; Amol Dangi [keyboards, harmonium]; Robin Vassy [drums, percussion]; Nishad Ali Kawa [tabla]; and Sadam Langa [sarangi]. Also utilised is an instrument known as morsing – in Rajasthan, it is called a morchang – a wind percussion instrument that is effectively utilised on this track by Sharu Khan.

Not surprisingly, the lilting melody of ‘Sanu Ik Pal’ is both accessible and captivating and, as a listener, you really need not be a seeker of any musical genre to recognize the power of the sound for when his voice soars to the heavens as it were, and then returns down to earth, you are swept into another world…Mame Khan’s!

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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You & I – Alpha X Omega

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The men behind Alpha X Omega are Tarush Anand and Lakshya Mahajan, who commenced their musical journey from their school days in New Delhi, and culminated it thereafter by producing their own music. On “You & I”, the duo receive assistance on vocals by Dylan Matthew, with a song replete with R&B, soul, and hip-hop, backed by changing tempos. While the instrumentation may be synthetic, it still remains outward-looking, refined, and bristly for an Indian effort, especially the phrasing bit that goes “t-t-t-tell me” in the obvious love song. Nevertheless, as much as “You & I” has commonality with releases of retro-progressive peers from the past, Alpha X Omega retain a rhythmic core that strikes deep. While on the surface, “You & I” appears to be an unassuming exercise in fusing black music innovations that span decades but then, through repetitive listening, Alpha X Omega’s positive musical intent becomes clear.

-Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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Sisterhood – Geetu Hinduja

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Recorded in celebration of Woman’s Day last year, “Sisterhood” receives a timely re-release in 2017 as it speaks about women bonding through camaraderie, nurturing, fostering, compassion, and empathy, not only towards each other, but to humanity too. Credit for this journey goes to vocalist/guitarist Geetu Hinduja, who has trained formally in Indian classical music and jazz, and has composed the acoustic-flavoured “Sisterhood” in conjunction with singer-songwriter Kelli Eagan from Boston, and guitarist Alisha Pais from Mumbai. Geetu’s supporting cast includes six other talented women who, besides Alisha, include: Vasuda Sharma [ukulele/vocals], Vivienne Pocha [vocals], Mynah Marie [accordion], Shubhangi Joshi [vocals], Naama Choonawala [drums], and Nandini Shankar [violin]. Credit to Vasuda for her musical arrangements that feature a fine display of violin playing and the usage of the virtually rendered obsolete accordion [barring those performers still passionate about Zydeco/Cajun music]. Indeed, even the musical side of “Sisterhood” is a revelation.

-Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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The Liquor Machine [full album] – Sher Shantanu

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U.P. based Shantanu Ahalawat must have already been on a high changing his persona to Sher Shantanu while pursuing a career in music, but the 17-year-old has just taken a step higher by launching an entire album of heavy electronically-synthesised Hindi hip-hop songs called ‘The Liquor Machine’. In taking a peg or four – as in “bartender, make that double, a double” – from Honey Singh, Sher – in conjunction with musical partner Sumit Kohli – has recorded a quartet of spirited, theme-based songs: “Daaru Anthem”, “The Liquor Machine”, “Baba Ji Ki Party”, and “Daru Pita Raha” – that leave absolutely nothing to imagination, even though the artiste professes, “I have never consumed alcohol”. Nevertheless, following the release of this album, Sher Shantanu should consider a further name change to, perhaps, Liquor Sing!

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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Maraz | Tariq

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Kolkata born, bred, and raised singer Tariq has developed a bonding with music since 11 and has been performing live since the past 16 years or so. On “Maraz”, he indulges in a romantic ballad on this keyboard-based track. Although Tariq’s bio speaks about his having indulged in various genres, on “Maraz”, he shows a penchant for melodic songs through his music, production and, of course, his rich, unique voice, with lyrics provided by renowned poet Munawwar Rana. It is very evident that Tariq is not afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve and, in fact, he appears as one of the few modern budding Hindi pop hopes to fully embrace affecting balladry and nuanced singing.

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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Mann Kunto Maula – Funk Samachar

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A fusion collaborative of Divyang Arora [drums] and Ronak Pandit [guitars], along with Jojo a.k.a. Harsh Dave on vocals, results in Funk Samachar. On “Mann Kunto Maula”, the trio is accompanied by Mayank Kapadiya [bass] and Nayan Kapadiya [keyboards], supported by a musician that moves the selection above the ordinary, Vanraj Shastri on sarangi, an instrument that opens the track and weaves itself in between. There really is only a tinge of funk, if any, but the reality of “Mann Kunto Maula” is its repetitive lyrics across a mid-tempo music accompaniment that moves along at a steady pace without much innovation which, no doubt, makes the original composition pleasant enough, but what could have made it interesting would have been by providing individual members an opportunity of showcasing their respective talents.

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– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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