Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Listen: Julie Byrne's "Not Even Happiness"

Folk singer Julie Byrne enticed us with snippets of Not Even Happiness in the form of Natural Blue and Follow My Voice, but now the whole album is out for the world to listen. And what a gorgeous soundscape it is! Not to mention beautifully minimalistic and a soothing balm. Stream the whole album below via Apple Music (or Spotify) -

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Listen: Lana Del Rey's "Love"

Lana Del Rey's follow up to Honeymoon is here. It's called Love and it's quintessential Lana, dreamy and haunting in equal measure. Give it a listen below -

Music Review: Kaatru Veliyidai (Tamil)

One of Kollywood's most enduring combos, Mani Ratnam and A. R. Rahman, is here again, this time with a cheery guitar-laden a cappella'esque melody called Azhagiye. While it's nothing special, an earworm it is alright. More ethereal goodness follows in Vaan Varunvaan, which once again sees Shashaa Tirupati in top form. Have them a go below -

First published: Feb 02, 2017. After Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, OK Jaanu and Raees, the singles craze seems to have finally hit Kollywood too. The staggered release of songs over several weeks means the soundtrack won't be out until it's time for the movie's release. Not sure how I feel about the move, but if it helps the movie attract more audience, by all means!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Best OST's So Far - 2017 (Updated)

The most gratifying and pleasing OST's so far this year: NA

The rest classified as Above Average (AA) / Average (A) / Mediocre (M):

Music Review: Dora (Tamil)

Composer(s): Vivek-Mervin
Listen to the songs online here: Saavn

With its lush melodic overtones, Engapora Dora is a lovely combination of guitars and intricately arranged semi-classical music. Vaazhavudu's driving percussion complements well the persistent guitar riffs, and Vivek Siva and Sanjana Divaker Kalmanje's energetic rendition, while Anirudh Ravichander-sung Ra Ra Ra neatly interleaves panting sounds with frenetically paced guitars and synths. Of the five theme pieces, Search for the Truth stands out for its gorgeous blend of piano, violin and harp. Dora is worth your time and ears, just for Engapora...