Rafeeq Ahammed’s lines don’t always seem to sit well in Ettum Pottum, but composer Roby Abraham’s punk base is engaging even with its mildly familiar sound, propped up majorly by Thaikkudam Bridge man Mithun Raju’s (who is also co-programmer of the soundtrack) blistering guitar solos. Vineeth Sreenivasan handles the vocals on this one. Saarangiyil also comes with a rock flavour, but in contrast to song 1, is a rather subdued, pensive affair. Aside of its interesting free form structure, the song impresses for its arrangement that once again sees some lovely use of guitars. And behind the mic we have Job Kurian doing a spotless rendition of the well-written words.
My favourites from You Too Brutus though are the other two tracks though. In Azhalinte Roby presents an uber trippy electronica mix of a true blue pulluvan paattu! The lyrics and singing are totally conformant to the traditional snake song style, but they are given a heavy trance-y techno makeover that works brilliantly in its contrast – particularly loved the idakka sampling in the second half. Composer himself dons the vocalist role for this one. The retro jazz flavour lends itself well to the cloak-and-dagger tone suggested by the lines in Chiriyude Pinnil, and unlike in the previous song the composer sticks to the conventions in this one; some beautiful sax in this one. Singer Madonna Sebastian (who was also part of Roby’s Music Mojo episode) matches the languorous pace of the song perfectly in her singing, resulting in a total winner. The song entertains big time in its upbeat version too, the same tune being presented with an entirely different yet intrigue-inducing arrangement. Excellent singing by Madonna here too, her voice seeming to acquire a totally new texture.
You Too Brutus. The man continues to raise the bar, composer Roby Abraham’s fourth soundtrack is his best yet! It also happens to be his second outing with the same director; Roopesh Peethambaran’s debut movie Theevram also had Roby’s music. A good musical team in the making, it would seem.
PS: Kudos also to the two other programmers of the soundtrack, Vineeth Jay and Ben James.