Music Review: Karwaan (Hindi)

Composer(s): Anurag Saikia, Imaad Shah, Prateek Kuhad, SlowCheeta-Shwetang Shankar
Listen to the songs online here: Saavn

Chota Sa Fasana's soaring trance-like music feels captivating in Anurag Saikia's lovely arrangements and Arijit Singh's ever-dependable vocals. Saikia's Heartquake is a lovely melody too, its troublingly facetious lyrics aside (Main aashiq hoon/ Koi creep nahin...), neatly sprinkled with an arresting mix of guitars, harmonium and tabla, and accentuating the song tremendously is Papon's phenomenal singing. Prateek Kuhad composes and sings the dreamy Saansein, while his Kadam goes the minimal route, riding on gentle percussion and guitar strums to complement the low-key charmer in a way that harkens back to Amit Trivedi's Sham (Aisha). SlowCheeta and Shwetang Shankar's Dhaai Kilo Bakwaas is quirky, and rightly so for its unconventional Malayalam-Hindi folk-rap fusion (complete with lottery sales announcements that's an experience so unique to Kerala!), while Bhar De Hamaara Glass oozes a retro-jazz vibe that's perfectly captured by Saba Azad and Imaad Shah's synth-laden orchestration. Multi-composer soundtracks have become de rigueur in Bollywood today, yet very few of them translate well. Karwaan thankfully makes the cut.