Pure Good Listens

Pure Good Listens

Pure Good Listens is a monthly curated list of music that caught my ears. It features music from all around the world not limited to one language or genre. 

I also share notes on what I really liked about the music and what musicians can learn from it.

Do drop in your comments and what you liked about these songs. Also feel free to share the music you've been listening to lately - would love to hear them.

October

Kitni Saadiyan

What I really like about this song is the way the vocals just blend and so effortlessly tell a story. Raw and pure.

Also the thing that stands out for me is the intent of this song, where 21 young talented musicians honor one of the most inspiring and accomplished guitarists of Pakistan - Faraaz Anwar.

A class act by Faraaz on the solo is a perfect icing on the cake. 

WHAT MUSICIANS CAN LEARN

  • Music Arrangement
  • Vocal Harmonies
  • The Intent of making a song

I love music, any and all kinds of music. What I like about music is how it can pull you into its world and give you sheer joy and happiness - even though it's not intended to do that. So when people say to me that how the music I made for a film affected them positively I can relate to it. Music is the easiest way to dive deeper within yourself.

Prashant Pillai
Music Composer

Raag Khamaj

This beautiful flute duet based on raag Khamaj by Hariprasad Chaurasia  assisted by his son  Rakesh Chaurasia and Tabla Maestro Zakir Hussain will transcend you into a state of deep of sombre.

The rendition will cushion you into Infinite peace and tranquillity .

WHAT MUSICIANS CAN LEARN

  • The intricacies and intonations in playing
  • Breath control 

Man Mandira

I loved this film outright, and the music is what made the film - Katyar Kaljat Ghusli a cult that it is today.  

This composition is out of the world and both Shivam Mahadevan and his proud father Shankar Mahadevan brings tears of joy and abundant happiness though this song. 

Shankar Mahadevan has been singing a lot of devotional songs across languages, but a majority of songs have been in Marathi. So the finesse he gets out in this song both in composition and rendering is out of this world.  

I think this song is one of those 'film' songs that does justice to his singing prowess - powerful yet, mild! 

WHAT MUSICIANS CAN LEARN

  • Shankar Mahadevan's impeccable singing
  • The simplistic arrangement  without hindering the vocal brilliance

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