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Chandrakauns – Studios Sound Garage Season II (featuring the Jains: Shreya, Shruti, and Shyam)

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The head of Studios Sound Garage, Sanjay K Pathak, who also acts as the resident producer/composer, continues to marvel at churning out delectable pieces of ethnic melodies, this time around opening “Chandrakauns” with a classical bandish prior to fusing the genres of ghazal with semi classical genre. Apparently, the song “talks about a story of two generations of a family where the daughters learn, from their father, a song that brims with emotion”, which is precisely what is implemented on this song as a call [from the father] and response [from the daughters, mainly in harmony]. Sanjay’s remarkable arrangements – especially the focus provided to flautist Mandar Tandel – and his team’s warm production provide ideal support to the uplifting vocals from sisters Shreya and Shruti on “Chandrakauns”. Brilliant stuff!

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/SSGSeason2

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

 

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.

Khatti Meethi – Anurag Dixit

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Singer-lyricist-composer Anurag Dixit continues making effective usage of his compositional talent on this mid-tempo acoustic track, “Khatti Meethi”, as the song revives fond memories of the middle of the road sounds of the ’60s. This is a fun-loving song that is infectious with an interlude wherein keyboards are utilized to mimic the sound of an accordion. “Khatti Meethi” continues to focus on one of India’s young pop’s better voices as Anurag indulges in smooth and urbane sounds in most respects, with a style that could be categorised as easy listening.

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Storeys Unknown – Sonali Vij

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Born in Delhi, and bred in New Jersey, Sonali Vij’s talent for musical instrumentation arose when she commenced playing the guitar at age 7 and has, since, written over a thousand songs. Some of them get showcased on this EP, the cleverly titled ‘Storeys Unknown’, which reminds me about the flat treatment mete out to apartment owners by builders once the building goes for redevelopment. Nevertheless, humour aside, Sonali’s alternative rock foundations remain intact on the six tracks of ‘Storeys Unknown’, with her vocals matching the compositions, and the one aspect of the EP that becomes increasingly perceptible with each listen is how romantic it feels, albeit in a somewhat unsettling manner. While the lyrics are personal and yet, paradoxically, universal, they are also straightforward and, simultaneously, a synthesis of accessible songs and abstract sounds, right from the comparatively loud “Rebel”, the acoustic ballad of “Looking Glass”, the musical consciousness of “Hypnosis”, the addiction cultivating “Lady Of Gardens”, the haunting sounds and alternating beat contained within “Welcome To My World”, to the off-balance production of “Crown Of Thorns”. Sonali is definitely a composer to reckon with, with her well-constructed Storeys ranging from daytime to bedtime!

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

String Of Shining Pearls – GD Prasad

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A commerce graduate from Chennai and presently pursuing a masters in Advertising & Marketing in England, GD Prasad has been composing music since ten and, over the years, has worked on several English theatre productions, short films, and radio and television programmes, among other musical initiatives. A pianist, who has learnt to play drums too, he has put his compositional skills to fine usage on “String Of Shining Pearls”, which is largely instrumental – though it does contains lyrics by Gauri Gupta – wherein the so-called vocals are virtually non-existent and are, often, reminiscent of Gregorian chants. The fascination of the song is clear though, as Prasad’s production finds him venturing into multiple instrumentation with keyboards as the backbone as he combines the sounds of flute, lead guitar, violin, drums, and what sounds like the santoor, adding texture to Prasad’s composition. Although the artiste himself describes his music in the “broad genre of world/experimental music” but, to me, this is definitively reminiscent of the progressive sounds from the ’70s, moreso due to its ever changing tempos. A noteworthy effort!

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Dil Ki Baat – Greg & Stan

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Singers, composers, and producers Greg and Stan have built their musical confidence on their past in Hindi pop to now venture into their second track for ArtistAloud with “Dil Ki Baat”. It is a song which, explain the duo [although the lyrics have been written by Greg only], is “about the nervous teenage romantic who experiences love at first sight and doesn’t have the courage to express” it [“Dil ki baat, kahoon na kahoon?/Mulakat, karoon na karoon?”]. On the musical side of things, on first listening, it surely takes time to accept the mix wherein the vocals are subdued and the instrumentation – mainly guitar, supported by a drum machine and keyboards – is upfront but, by the time you reach the song’s inevitable end, you begin to appreciate the looped beat, sultry bass groove, and subtle guitaring, placing the arrangements in perspective. Undoubtedly, every further listen to “Dil Ki Baat”, makes the song grow fonder!

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Feathers From The West – Chaitanya Kolluri

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Sensitively woven tranquil textures of sound wash through the mind of the listener on “Feathers From The West” that arrives from self-taught keyboardist/pianist/programmer Chaitanya Kolluri who admits to having started off his career as a lobby pianist. The instrumental, backed by changing tempos, includes multi-layered sounds of synthesisers, piano, and guitar, among other “instruments”. However, the best aspect of this track is the passage that only contains bass with percussion, creating atmospheres of light, airy and, paradoxically, lyrical. The gentle melody is supported by soundscapes that are dynamic and bold and will surely appeal to fans of the synth sounds from the Seventies.

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.