Pranayam – Music Review (Malayalam Movie Soundtrack)

You can listen to the soundtrack here.

Listening to the twists and turns that Kalamozhikalaayi takes you through and the fact that Sharreth is rendering the song, one would think the track is a Sharreth product, famous as he is for his unorthodox tunes. Well it is not, this is the handiwork of M Jayachandran, doing his first score for Blessy, only second time the director has gone for a composer other than Mohan Sithara (first being Debojyoti Mishra for Calcutta News – Thanks much to Jithin Jacob for clearing my misconception that Pranayam was the first). Coming back to the song — lovely start to the soundtrack —addictive tune, and a smart arrangement. And Sharreth is as reliable as it gets on the vocals, its a pity he hasn’t got to sing many songs outside of his own compositions. The composer gets Vijay Yesudas and Shreya Ghoshal to deliver the dainty retro piece called Mazha Thulli. The first thing I got reminded of when I heard the clip clop beats was this classic from Naya Daur. Not accusing of plagiarism here, just saying that the feel is the same. Jayachandran has in fact done a very similar retro piece for the movie Orkkuka Vallappozhum, called Maampooppaadam. Very trippy orchestration, I loved the usage of harmonica, and the clever incorporation of Mozart’s Symphony No. 25 excerpt (more famous as the Titan watch theme) in the second interlude.

Paattil is a lullaby-ish melody with a touch of melancholy, something of the genre of the classic Raari Raariram Raaro from Onnu Muthal Poojyam Vare. Coming in two versions, one by Shreya Ghoshal and the other by P Jayachandran, the song sees a wonderful interplay between piano and the strings section. There is also a brief segment in the second interlude where the composer hooks in Francis Lai’s Love Story Theme. And finally there is Lalettan singing the English I’m Your Man. Purely situational track, there is nothing very musically enjoyable about the song, just the fact that Lal conveys the decrepitude of his character quite effectively in the rendition.

Blessy’s musical sense continues to impress. Every movie of his so far has been a musical treat, ditto is the case with the Pranayam. Short and sweet soundtrack.

Music Aloud Rating – 7.5/10

Top Recos – First 3 tracks.

Director Blessy continues to impress with his musical sense, creating another winner in Pranayam with M Jayachandran. Music Review.