Here is your music fix for the weekend. This playlist is a nice mix of sarod rendition of 'Ekla Chalo Re' to a perky Malayalam song with tongue-twisting lyrics. Enjoy your weekend, amigos!
Ekla Chalo Re by Amjad Ali Khan
Amjad Ali Khan's wonderful sarod rendition of 'Ekla Chalo Re' at a live concert is further proof that it takes a master to recreate another master's work. The contrast with Vishal-Shekhar's version in the film 'Kahaani' could not be greater. Amjad Ali Khan retains the flowing rhythm which is the essence of Rabindranath Tagore's composition. The sound of the sarod is lilting, and lends itself very well to 'Ekla Chalo Re', which is more in the mould of folk music than pure classical music.
– Neerad Pandharipande
17 by Youth Lagoon
"When I was seventeen
My mother said to me,
'Don't stop imagining. The day that you do is the day that you die'"
These are some of the lines of the chorus of the song which is played at the end of the 2013 film The Kings of Summer, a movie about coming of age in which three teenagers run away from their dysfunctional families to build a house in the woods and live away from civilisation.
17 by Youth Lagoon is a song which perfectly captures the carefree but confusing time of adolescence and teenage. Perhaps the best part about the song is the hint of sadness which is present throughout the song, as if an adult is reminiscing about his or her teenage. This song will fill you with nostalgia.
– Anshu Lal
Dancin' Away With My Heart by Lady Antebellum
A wonderful song on reminiscence, Lady Antebellum's Dancin' Away With My Heart is a sweet trip down the memory lane that takes us back to a high school prom night. As Charles Kelley, ages ahead, remembers 'him' asking 'her' to dance on the last slow song, a feeling of nostalgia sets in. When Hillary Scott voices 'her' part, the song becomes whole.
There's a quote from Before Sunset which says 'Memory is a wonderful thing if you don't have to deal with the past'. However, this song by the Grammy-winning country band is anything but bitter. Even though there is a hint of sorrow attached, it leaves one with a blissful after-taste. The video is equally warm with the band members recalling memories of their first dances. All one could agree with is that disappointment seldom has a shot when the it comes to a Lady Antebellum original.
– Yael Ajgarni
Videogames by Nicholson
I'm just going to say it. Sohrab Nicholson is the best singer-songwriter in India at the moment.
His brainchild, Nicholson, a Mumbai-based live electronic outfit, has been gathering steam via music festivals and (really amazing) live gigs all over the country. He has the most buttery base voice, but that's not even the best part about his music. It's the ambient, almost kaleidoscopic feeling that you get when you listen to his calming vocals merge so well with his equally calming melodies.
In this cover, he completely transforms an already melancholic but intense song by everybody's favourite Lana Del Ray, by making it even more intense. Every song of his through the two EPs explores a different sound and yet holds the similar Nicolson flavour, which can only be described as a warm cup of chai during a thunderstorm (clearly we love our metaphors). Nicholson is the answer to the question, "so what's new in the Indie music scene these days?" -- and he's a bloody good answer.
– Swetha Ramakrishnan
Postcards from Italy by Beirut
From the band's album, Gulag Okestar, Postcards of Italy is nostalgia in song form — but nostalgia for what? I find it difficult to describe that longing and yearning for the familiar. The music from Gulag Okestar is rich, almost like a marriage among the music of Jose Gonzalez, Sigur Ros and Kyte — Zach Condon (Beirut) flirts with melody with forlorn ukulele twangs, infusing this with celebratory drumming and horns. Condon's voice is not meant to provide meaning, but accompany the texture that he tries to create
– Vishnupriya Bhandaram
Boondan Boondan by Maati Baani
Monsoon season is still a couple of months away, but if you love the rains Boondan Boondan by Maatibaani ft Ankita Joshi & Noor Mohammed Sodha has the potential of giving you the feels of the season when the fragrance of wet earth wafts in the air as the pitter-patter of rain drops hit the rooftops. Based on Raag Malhar, Boondan Boondan is a conversation between two friends about how the arrival of monsoon signifies the homecoming of their lovers. Ankita Joshi and Maati Baani's Nirali Kartik sing this rendition, of a folk song sung during the Teej festival, in perfect coordination and is an absolute delight to listen to.
– Rohini Chatterji
Appangal Embadum by Anna Katharina Valayil
Anna Valayil, singer of this song, rose to fame with this perky number from the National award winning Malayalam movie Ustad Hotel. Although I have no inkling what this song means, I can listen to this song on an endless loop. What makes this song most adorable is its catchy music and tongue-twisting lyrics. Try singing – vegam vegam vegam, thone thone vilambi, kothi kothi patti adi adi patti kari kari patti chathi chathi patti Kothi patti adi patti kari patti chathi patti vattayi poyo – fast, you will get what I am saying. The pace of this song makes you dance and the lyrics will surely cheer you up. Go on, give it a listen.