Thursday, October 15, 2015

Music Review (Tamil): Mellisai

Music Review (Tamil): Mellisai
Music Composer: Sam C S

          Vellai Kanavu, breezy duet and it's always a delight to listen to the songs rendered by Hariharan and Harini combo while particularly loved the improvisations by Hariharan. The debut composer evokes the beauty of the tune with simple arrangements laden with mainly flute, acoustic guitar supported by string instruments in the background. Lola, dark esoteric song peppered with mysterious intriguing sounds which remind spiderman song from the movie new. However, this one is also the lovely listen especially for the lead singer Maria Kavitha Thomas's earnest rendition with the right attitude. Sam's guitar interludes gels well with the synth sounds throughout the song. Lola comes with another version where mild guitar work in the original version is accentuated and drums are added to give grungy rock feel to the song. However, it's Andrea Jeremiah steals the show with her sensual singing in this lovely version. Karky's lyrics too have the elements of hatred and revenge feel of the woman towards men.

         Parakiren Naan starts with guitar strums which remind of  V Harikrishna's Paravashanadenu composition, but similarity ends over there and what follows is the brilliant concoction of waltzy melancholic string sounds accompanied by Hindustani classical elements touches with tabla. Once again singing is top notch with Maria Kavitha Thomas and Srinivas. In Mazhaikulle, once again Sam's orchestration with sweeping string instruments comes to the fore which is adorned with occasional classical violin notes cum guitar strums. Shreya Ghoshal's melodic verses blend well with Haricharan's upbeat rendition of this wonderful melody. In Take me higher, Parakiren Naan's English version where orchestration is kept intact and singing by Maria Kavitha Thomas works much better than Suchith Suresan vocals mostly because tune of Suchith Suresan portion works well with the Tamil verses. So this one falls a tad behind the song's original version. Mellisai theme is also loaded with a lot of intriguing sounds and the ambiance created by Chennai Orchestra is brilliant, arousing particularly when switching the mood of the theme towards the end. Fitting theme track filled with thriller sounds for an action flick.

Verdict: Sam C S makes a compelling debut with Mellisai and the soundtrack is filled with rich and diverse orchestration. Another promising composer to look out for in Tamil film Industry.

My rating: 8/10

Pick of the Album: Vellai Kanavu, Mazhaikulle, Loha1

You can listen to the songs here.

P.S. Edited version of the review is available here.