Posts Tagged ‘ Folk ’

Yaad Ke Gaon Se – Priyanka Chitriv

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Probably more popularly known for her renditions of devotional songs, Priyanka Chitriv takes a slight tangent on “Yaad Ke Gaon Se”, singing a track that has a distinctive folk feel. Keyboard-backed, Priyanka’s clear vocals take the song to another level with support from its instrumentation, notably the manner in which the percussion is arranged to complete the ethnic feel. Credit to Priyanka’s marvellous vocals is undoubtedly due to her academics in music and the programming from her husband, music composer Ankur Shrivastava, whose combined talents demonstrate the subtlety of sounds, approaches, and folk traditions on “Yaad Ke Gaon Se”.

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Hansla – Folk Box featuring Aditya Gadhvi

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Indian folk is alive and kicking, and part credit for its preservation deserves to go to Aditya Gadhvi, a talented artist who apparently won a programme known as ‘Lok Gayak Gujarat’. In support of sounds that provide a grandiose feel in arrangements must go to Rachintan Trivedi, and a cast of musicians that include tabla by Saurabh Joshi, flute from Vashisth Trivedi, and violin by Prabhat Barot. The appropriate usage of percussion enlivens the proceedings as “Hansla” soars with a sound that incorporates symphonic synths over a modulating melody, leading to soundscapes that are bold, dynamic, and befitting Aditya’s vocals.

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– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Mati Kahe – Sanjay K. Pathak featuring Shruti Jain

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Hats off to producer/composer Sanjay K Pathak who, under the aegis of Studios Sound Garage, continues to churn out delectable pieces of ethnic melodies. Add “Mati Kahe” to the burgeoning list as the melodious track is a warm, easy going song, but with lyrics – courtesy legendary Punjabi sufi poet Baba Bulleh Shah – driving introspection which, explains Sanjay, talks about the Earth inquiring from a potter [no, not the Harry kind!] about why it is being trampled on. Sanjay’s full arrangements – especially the prominence provided to the harmonium – and his team’s warm production provide a sympathetic setting for Nagpur-based Shruti Jain’s vocals, which are lovely and support the evocative lyrics. While there is no denying that productions emanating from Studios Sound Garage have a similar feel, but the distinctive melodies and the singing talents help to keep the package blended together and, of course, fresh.

Listen and Download the songs here : http://www.artistaloud.com/SanjayK.Ft.VariousArtist

– Review by PARAG KAMANI

Maula – Sanjay K Pathak featuring Geetikka Manjarekar

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Produced by Sanjay K Pathak under the aegis of Studios Sound Garage, “Maula” is a marvellous song that thrives on simplicity, its chorus and, most importantly, the delectable vocals of Geetikka Manjarekar from Indore whose learning of classical and light vocal music takes the song to another level. Geetikka’s impassioned vocals and emotional resonance truly enlivens the music of “Maula”, breathing life into a song even when the production appears to be a little bit too clean. Still, the juxtaposition of contemporary themes and classic production is precisely what makes “Maula” distinctive as it makes ethnic musical traditions sound contemporary. The song sounds fresh because of Naveen Moray’s songwriting, one that is supported by Geetikka’s strong, gutsy singing, making “Maula” sound intimate and immediate.

Listen and Download the songs here : http://www.artistaloud.com/SanjayK.Ft.VariousArtist

– Review by PARAG KAMANI

Ghumar – Falu

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Commencing only with the vocals of singer Falu prior to the instrumentation joining this mid-tempo ethnic track is a real treat, as not only the singer, but the musicians – violinist, harmonium, and percussion – are obviously enjoying the simplicity of the song as the violin rips things up musically. The versatility of the artiste also known as Falguni Shah – who shuffles from traditional classical music to what appears to be world pop music – is her musical upbringing where she has honed Benares thumris, Jaipur music tradition through her study with Kishori Amonkar, and the sounds of the Indore gharana of Ustad Sultan Khan right to taking a tangent towards world music by now living in North America. Falu is undoubtedly a talented vocalist, and one can only visualise that her live performances would provide as much joy to the audience as she has with her singing.

 

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– Review by PARAG KAMANI

Bulandi – Kalkii

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Chandigarh-based Kalkii, although portraying their music as sufi folk, actually owe their greatest debt to classic rock. With its intricately arranged guitar textures and expansive harmonic vocabulary, “Bulandi” recalls those touchstones that might not have been immediately apparent, since – aside from Sameer Dhiman’s leads — most traces of obvious influences have been virtually stripped from the band’s sound. Though they rock hard, Kalkii tackles weighty topics – fearlessness, self-sufficiency, determination, passion – with an earnest zeal. Similarly, composer-vocalist-rhythmic guitarist Suneet Rawat’s lyrics often make their greatest impact through the passionate commitment of his delivery rather than only in meaning. His voice has a highly distinctive timbre that perfectly fits the song’s warm, rich sound, and that is part of the band’s appeal. Kalkii is in tightly focused form here, resulting in “Bulandi” having the potential of becoming a flawlessly crafted melodic masterpiece.

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI