Divine. That is Yodhakaa in one word. Finally, here’s something that overshadows hardcore head-bang metal and it is undeniably one-of-a-kind. Their first album revels in its “Indian-ness” and musical grandeur. It boasts of a line-up that whips out one gem after the other.
Every lyric has been unearthed from primeval Sanskrit literature with few verses penned by Bangalore-based Sanskrit resource scholar, Pranava.
Shri hari vallabhe, has Susha behind the microphone. This track’s pride lies in Susha’s sugar-coated voice, accompanied by Darbuka Siva’s meticulously spontaneous drumming. “Endhiran”-fame Pradeep’s soulful rendition of Mudaakaraatta is one to look out for. His voice lingers subtly on the notes, making one sway involuntarily to its strain. Keba Jeremiah’s wizardry on the steel-string guitar gives the song a ‘John Mayer’ stroke.
Jnyaanam is a track that depends highly on percussion. Pradeep weaves magic with his slide guitar. With strong vocals and intense lyrics, this number is definitely a catch. Poorvam is a number that sets off in a Hawaiian style. The interlude is built on a perfect blend of Nigerian street drumming that fizzles into a consuming and highly impressive bass solo by Divyan. It’s a wedding of sorts between Jazz and good ol’ Carnatic music.
Yodhakaa’s idiosyncrasy lies in its ability to convey words of wisdom and spirituality through the world it creates in every treble and bass. The songs sound so complete; it is beyond belief that they’ve actually been recorded live. It leaves one wondering how good they’d be if it weren’t recorded live.
Yodhakaa makes one fall in love with classical music all over again. The album comprises 10 tracks, each as addictive as the other.
Shruthi Bhat, I Year, B.E
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