Amit Trivedi Comes Back To His Roots With Kai Po Che

Kai Po Che

It’s evident enough that versatility is Trivedi’s element, ranging from a dark ‘Dev D’, to a bubbly ‘Ek main aur ek tu’, or a powerful ‘Ishaqzaade’ to a sassy ‘Aisha’. But what sets the music of ‘Kai Po Che’ apart? It is the impeccable attempt to make slightly more earthen and emotional sounds. With a very limited number of tracks, the music perfectly complements the setting- Gujarat, the characters, storyline and predicament of the movie itself. With the usual touch of drumming, electric guitar right in the middle of a track, the USP of the musician has been maintained, yet the sound still being fresh and pulsating.

‘Meethi Boliyaan’, sung by Trivedi himself and newcomer singer Mili Nair, starts with a ‘stuck-in-the-head’ guitar loop, followed by her vocals in a muffled radio tone making this track one of the most popular ones. Of course it goes on to powerful yet warm vocals infused in an indie feel bursting of positivity and sunshine. ’Shubaarambh’ sung by Shruti Pathak and Divya Kumar is probably the only track that goes to Gujarati roots with the melodious ‘shehnai’ playing through. It sounds like a grand welcome to tradition and ethnicity with the raw voice of Divya Kumar. ‘Manja’, interpreted as the theme of the movie, the lyrics in sync with the story is a flawless representation of Amit Trivedi, not only being the future of the Indian music industry, but also a rising singer. The constant clapping, frequent goes at instruments like ‘esraj’, ‘sarangi’ ‘tabla’ and acoustic guitar and the inspirational lyrics of Swanand Kirkire make this track stand out while in keeping with the sound of the album. With just three tracks, it is 12 minutes of calm yet memorable music. It may not be my favorite Amit Trivedi album, but the man never fails to surprise me.

Die hard Trivedi fans wouldn’t need a reason to hear this, for the others out there, be sure to give your ears this pleasant treat at least once. I’m sure you will find ‘your’ track to play on repeat.

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