Indie music goes Bollywood


By Hindustan Times

If Shaitan’s (2011) music made news for the eclectic mix of indie artistes and bands, director Bejoy Nambiar’s second film goes a step further. David’s soundtrack begins with a song called Ghum gaye. The dark, contemplative number has been sung by indie-singer-songwriter Siddharth Basrur. Although it seems fitting as the theme song for the action-thriller, at some points, the music seems to overpower the mellow vocals. The soundtrack switches gear with the next song, Mast kalandar. The popular folk song comes in an endearing reggae version, and since it also features traditional percussion, the rearrangement doesn’t take away from the rustic appeal of the original tune. There is also a guitar-heavy remixed version.

‘Tore matware naine’ instantly enchants. The song, originally composed by classical/folk-fusion duo Maati Baani, was released in June last year. The outfit’s singer Nirali Kartik and guitarist Kartik Shah pack a punch, and French vocalist Joyshanti adds the exotic element to it. The number stands out for its tight production.

‘Maria pitache’ by Remo Fernandes brings an instant smile to the lips. The hugely popular Portuguese folk tune from former colony Daman retains its original essence and even has Remo mouthing some Hindi lyrics in his inimitable vocal inflections.

A love ballad, Tere mere pyar could’ve been treated better, with more dynamism in the vocals. The instrumentation, however, is memorable. City band Modern Mafia’s Bandhey has a grungy, furious-with-the-world feel to it. Composer Anirudh lends his voice to ‘Yun hi re’ — a duet with Shweta Mohan. The song is a quintessential romantic number that could easily belong to a Yash Raj movie — complete with a lilting melody (that you might not remember), buoyant violins, frequent flute interludes and piano. At best, it is a one-time listen.

We liked the energy and the high flying percussions in Rab di; though the dub-step remix almost annihilates the song. The poster boy of indie singer-songwriters, Nikhil D’Souza, delivers a gem with Out of the control. Co-singer Preeti Pillai’s vocals are goose bump inducing. Another version, sung entirely by a choir, almost transports you to a concert hall, with its vocal harmonies.
Lucky Ali sounds pitchy and strains too much in Ya Hussain. Indie band The Lightyears Explode’s Three kills is enjoyable for its loud and vigourous feel. ‘The lighthouse symphony’ is a Latin number, featuring trademark scatting by Remo.