Posts Tagged ‘ Indie ’

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.

http://www.artistaloud.com/AdityaGadhvi

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Xuworoni – Prarthana Choudhury

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Guwahati-born Prarthana Choudhury has been a singer since childhood, including being trained by the late Pandit Karuna Shankar Thakuria, and her past is now a present for her future, as can be gauged on ‘Xuworoni’, an EP consisting of three tracks. “Aamar Gaor” is an easy listening, mid-tempo song; “Ejaak Moloya” has more of an Indian classical dab with tabla as its key instrumentation; but the pick of the lot is “Tumi Bujanu Kiman” [composed by Anuraag Saikia with Bishnujyoti Handique’s lyrics], a well-constructed lullaby. While there is no doubt that there are multiple talents that have supported the project, but it is Prarthana, with her precise voice and clear diction, who really shines on this fine product.

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Where Did We Go Wrong? – Babu Choudhary featuring Vijay Prakash

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While tracing the Indian history of rock ‘n’ roll, one name that is a certainty is Babu Choudhary, who started playing guitar in 1978 with ‘People’, a Mumbai-based rock band that featured musicians such as Ronnie Desai, Ranjit Barot, and Hosi Nanji, which became very popular in the college circuit then. For some intriguing reason, Babu stopped playing guitar for ten years thereafter but, fortunately for music listeners, he got back into playing in 2007 and has recently produced his first ever album, ‘Somewhere Out There’. “Where Did We Go Wrong?” is the appetiser with Babu’s innovative guitar style making it mandatory primer for younger guitarists, with its soothing chord progressions and usage of harmonic scales, supported by vocalist Vijay Prakash’s alaaps. “Where Did We Go Wrong?” is a haunting melody that goes to show how much Babu was missed during his self-imposed hibernation and, hopefully, there is no more slumbering before his next album. Welcome back, Babu!

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

– 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.

Everything – Dorjee

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From playing bass in heavy metal bands in England to taking a tangent towards the indie music scene over there, Dorjee has returned to Indian shores to showcase his talent on an EP known as ‘Glassful Of Smoke’, from which arrives this song under review, “Everything”.  It is a delicately textured acoustic ditty that could have easily arrived from the ’60s and, at the same time, it is ambitious, bold, and quietly reassuring. It is personal yet soothing and, at other times, it just plain fun as the track features the “greyness of decisions”. Having played his last gig in Goa during June 2015, Dorjee would surely be an artiste of the future if his live performances match the standard of craftsmanship on “Everything”.

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Collage Album – Vijay Durbha

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Vijay Durbha may be a one-man band but, on his first digital ‘Collage Album’, he utilises a stellar cast of singers for support: Kalpana Patowary, Karsan Sagathiya, KS Chitra, OP Rathore, Mahalaxmi Iyer, and Mohit Chauhan.  He focuses on their respective vocal talents through the gamut of various genres on this album: pop [Janana], dance [Boondon Ki Baraat], mainly instrumental [Mood Of The Monsoon, Togetherness], folk [Mera Dildar], devotional [Saraswati Invocation], a combination of new age with spoken words [Patjhad Ka Sapna, which also appears as an instrumental], and even jazz [Haseen Shaam]. All this is supported by what is now becoming Vijay’s musical style: a full dynamic sound overflowing with the power and passion of his musical influence[s], mixing intense rhythms and virtual grand-scale orchestrations with a flair for varied melodies, and poignant lyricism, courtesy his mother, who goes by the pen name of Swahili, on eight of the nine tracks! Vijay’s production is augmented by electronic instrumentation combined with the sounds of flute, sitar, santoor, violin, and what appears to be the ghattam, adding additional texture to Vijay’s compositions. This is a surprisingly pleasant album that retains an appropriate collage of warm feelings.

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Aamchi Mumbai – Folk Masti

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From Mumbai arrives a trio of musicians – Vipul Panchal [vocals, guitar, lyrics], Sachin Guldagde [keyboards], and Roshan Aade [percussion] – who go by the name of Folk Masti. The name of the band goes well with their sound that wonderfully wavers its beat and, with it, effectively broadens and quickly enlivens the song by abandoning the conventions of genre-rivalling ballads for a richly textured pop sound. While the lyrics speak about respecting hometown Mumbai and adapting to its [quick?] pace of life, special mention is required for the lively keyboard accompaniment that arrives and disappears to near perfection. “Aamchi Mumbai” is sprightly and appealing, much like the city itself!

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Out Of Control – Oz

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The Mumbai-born former Omkar Chikhalkar, who calls himself Oz, has now resurfaced as a solo artiste with a fresh musical identity and rap approach on “Out Of Control”. Getting help from hip hop new school producer Yantam and debuting a video on YouTube, Oz’s sound is lean, his rapping tough and fluid, and his subject matter – in a manner of saying – speaks for itself. The results seem to have worked well for this young rapper, who has sung, written the lyrics, and composed the music for “Out Of Control”, which is backed by the effective usage of keyboards, resulting in the musician becoming a kind of rap-synth wizard of Oz.

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

 

 

Vaada Karo – Prajoth D’Sa featuring Adil Nadaf

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Prajoth D’Sa is an Udipi-born, Bangalore-based musician who lives a dual life shuffling between a profession [as a software engineer] and passion [music]. Although “Vaada Karo” has no distinctive style, it matters little on this song that is perfectly attuned to the essentials of pop sounds.  However, “Vaada Karo” still finds occasional flashes of ingenuity like the introduction of violin and the usage of flute that prove that Prajoth is a far more interesting musician when venturing outside a middle of the road comfort zone. Nevertheless, nothing changes the fact that “Vaada Karo” is a surprisingly enjoyable slice of organic pop.

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.