Composers Sangeet and Siddharth Haldipur make spectacular use of strings in the lullaby that is Aaja Nindiya penned by Kumaar. Sangeet himself gets behind the mic and does a clean job of rendering the song as well. It would take a really brave child though, to sleep to this song without getting spooked out! The tune later lends itself beautifully to the jazz makeover titled Koi Jaagi Aankhein, a version that once again showcases the duo’s adeptness with orchestration. And Anahita Irani’s drawling rendition is just perfect for this one! The lead hook of the lullaby also features prominently in the instrumental Aatma Theme, where the composers “darken” the tune further with some more smartly added orchestral layers. Composers turn to rock for the title song and execute that too with apparent ease. The interplay between guitars and violins in the interludes is particularly well done, and the composers once again smartly incorporate a hook from the lullaby as an undertone throughout the song. Suraj Jagan never failed in this genre, he doesn’t here either. Alyssa Mendonsa, Apeksha Dandekar, Anusha Mani and Shefali Alvares could easily pass off as an all-girl pop band singing Jee Le Zyaada; the arrangement too is totally along those lines. And for the same reason, the male version sung by Nikhil Paul George doesn’t work as much, though to his credit he does a commendable job adding his own little quirks in the rendition.
Aatma. Impressive and long overdue solo debut from the talented Sangeet and Siddharth Haldipur. Now that three of Aasma’s four are back in the limelight, wonder if Jimmy Felix too is joining in soon.
Music Aloud Rating: 7.5/10
Top Recos: Koi Jaagi Aankhein, Aaja Nindiya, Jee Le Zyaada (female version)