Indo-rock fusion band Indian Ocean, who recently completed 25 years in the music industry, are ready with their next ambitious project, which happens to be their seventh studio album titled Tandanu. The album comprises seven compositions, carrying the trademark tunes composed by the band, which is a fusion of different melodies. What’s interesting is that each track includes a musician admired and respected by the band as a collaborator and they include the likes of Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Vishal Dadlani, Shankar Mahadevan, Shubha Mudgal, Selva Ganesh, Kumaresh Rajagopalan and Karsh Kale. Each artist represents diverse genres of music, spanning from classical to contemporary forms.
“The experience was simply brilliant. In between all the concerts that we are usually busy with, we are happy that this project finally happened. The entire recording was done at YRF Studios after which, we tied up with MTV Indies to shoot seven short films with every artist,” stated Rahul Ram, member of Indian Ocean. The lead guitarist added that these short films are not music videos but will include behind the scenes, making of the song among others. He also added that this will be the first album after the untimely demise of Asheem Chakravarty and the departure of Susmit Sen.
Each song from Tandanu will be released on MTV Indies every Saturday. Post which the songs will be released on digital platforms like iTunes, gaana.com, Spotify, Nokia Ovi among others. The music album will be released in the first week of June.
Himesh Reshammiya enjoyed ruling the music scene for a long time. Before reviewing the album, we had very little expectations, since the first song – Ice cream khaungi – had already put us off. But we must say that the overall package isn’t all that bad. Each track has heavy orchestration. Ice cream takes you back in the retro era. Reshammiya, Yo Yo Honey Singh and Palak Muchhal sing with great ease, but the tacky and outdated lyrics put you off. The remix version makes for an average club number, but not very catchy to pull you on the dance floor.
Mohammad Irfan brings back the magic of melodies that you have heard in Aashiqui 2. Dard dilo ke is a lot like Tum hi ho, but good in its own way. The melody is soothing and we like Irfan’s rendition. There is a reprise and remix version of the song as well but we thought the original is much better. Singh brings back the retro charm with Hai apna dil toh awaara (nothing to do with the classic picturised on Dev Anand). The Hinglish lyrics fail to impress and the beats aren’t catchy either. The blues mix of the song can be skipped for good.
Reshammiya, Mika Singh, Mohit Chauhan, Neeti Mohan, Shalmali Kholgade and Shubhangi Tiwari come together for the title track, Catch me if you can, which is a blend of urban and retro tunes. The hookline is very similar to the popular Dhan te nan (Kaminey), but we like the energy of the track. It is both well-composed and sung, especially Kholgade and Mohan who excel in their parts.Reshammiya’s affair with the words Tera suroor continues in Surroor. The theme music is catchy and stays with you, especially the use of the flute and clap sounds. Perfect nostalgia for those who loved the singer-composer’s earlier works. The Arabic remix version is avoidable.
Ankit Tiwari’s Sheeshe ka samundar tries to be contemporary, but the slow pace and boring lyrics force you to skip it. But its reprised version sung by Rekha Bhardwaj is magical and works well. Overall, The Xpose makes for an average one time hear.
Anu Malik works on Welcome Back
Music composer Anu Malik, who has recently composed the Tarzan song for Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi, has also been keeping busy with Firoz.A.Nadiadwala’s Welcome Back. “I’ve already recorded two songs for the film, one of which has been picturised on John Abraham. It’s a big budget song and the makers have nearly spent Rs. 3-4 crore on its picturisation,” says Malik. But ask him if he’s going to be composing the entire album and he says, “They had promised me one song, but I did two. Now they also want the third song from me, so probably, I might compose the fourth one as well,” he smiles. The music director who’s also busy with judging Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega, has also signed another big project. “I’m also working on a film for a very big banner, but I can’t talk about it, since I’m under a contract,” he adds.
Singer Kunal Ganjawalla was spotted recording a romantic number for an upcoming film, Autoromance at a recording studio in Mumbai last week.