After a long pause, Indipop seems set to make a comeback. This time courtesy lots of new kids on the block like Them Clones and Half Step Down, all of whom are busy preparing debut albums.
Few years ago, Euphoria frontman Palash Sen coined the phrase Hindi Rock, now it's time for a new one — Indi Rock.
July saw the debut of Bandish with Kaise Kahoon. Led by Chris, former drummer of Euphoria, the album opens with a rocking track Goonj. Unfortunately halfway through, the Indi Rock element loses steam.
Likewise with debutants Aurkoo, their album Nadiyaa slid out of the charts despite impressive opening sales. Also out were Euphoria, their Mehfuz hung on well for a while. Despite hitting middle age, Palash and gang remain lively, though nothing outstanding was found in Mehfuz.
Although an average soundtrack as compared to Johar's K3G and Kal Ho Na Ho, nothing could challenge KANK
Karan Johar and his marriage ideas saw
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
rule the top slot very firmly. Although an average soundtrack as compared to Johar's
Kal Ho Na Ho
, nothing could challenge it.
Man in news Himesh Reshammiya tried with Anthony Kaun Hai, but spare us please, too much playing to the gallery here. Likewise with Lage Raho Munna Bhai. On screen performances might change the look a bit, otherwise Hindi movie soundtracks are not churning up anything exciting.
Shubha Mudgal's Sufi Expressions despite the search for Sufi continued to be a top draw while Zila Khan thankfully went more or less unnoticed with Secrets Of Divine. Prem Joshua released yet another album. The guy is a huge seller in places like Banaras, but his music is beginning to get a bit tiring.
Bruce Springsteen did not let his fans down with Seeger Sessions. Nelly Furtado kept the feet up with Maneater and Promiscous Girl. Globally both tracks have been storming the charts. Red Hot Chili Peppers remained all spiced up with Arcadium and ex-US armyman James Blunt continued his fantastic run with the lovely You're So Beautiful.
The real damper came with the lukewarm reception Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's Ishq Haqiqi and Kamal Sabri's Dance Of The Dessert got.
Quite distressing as young Kamal Sabri is undoubtedly one of India's best sarangi players and his album is quite nice but lack of media attention and promotion deprived this young man, the attention he deserves. Rahat also gave a decent performance in Ishq Haqiqi.
Too much is expected from him, after all he is part of a legendary legacy, fortunately there are clear shades of brilliance in his music.
The stars of July undoubtedly were Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shubha Mudgal with poor Kamal Sabri getting a raw deal. Come September and things could get more exciting.