Okay, so here’s my excuse: I was so engrossed in what was happening on screen (Karthik making his first movie in Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaaya) that I didn’t even notice that Aaromaley was playing in the background.

This weekend, I finally listened to this song. Really listened.

To the gentle plucking of guitar strings right at the beginning, somewhat reminiscent of Floyd’s Wish you were here. To that blues/rock/whatever wail in the foreground that you can’t make out a single word of other than the title. To the chant-like chorus in the background.

Amazing how much work that song does when you see it in context. The almost tortured lead vocals, sounding like they’re coming from a man who has had his heart torn out (which is exactly what has happened). The more sedate chorus, with lyrics about wishing a bride on her wedding day — which is sort of why that foreground is what it is. You might as well call those two tracks Karthik and Jessie.

This isn’t a sad song in the tradition of slow, melodious sad songs in Tamil cinema. Nor does it fit the stereotype of the angry, I’ll-show-her sort of song when the protagonist rises from the ashes of a failed relationship to build a life for himself/herself. This is the sort of blues-rock number that we thought fell into a different category from Tamil film music.

Until a man named Allah Rakha Rahman showed us different.


3 thoughts on “Aaromaley

  1. I was trying to play the song on the guitar and a couple of my friends who hadn’t heard aaromale thought I was trying to play a Floyd song.

    I love Aaromale, it’s one song I haven’t gotten bored of in spite of multiple multiple listens.

  2. PV says:

    Was kinda blown away on the first listen to Aaromale – though its originality is a little shadowed by its resemblance to Wish you were here

    But overall, my favourite piece in the album is the initial lines of “Mannippaya” – the soft, almost secretive way in which Shreya sings the first lines and the rush of exhilaration in Rahman’s voice (mirroring the emotions of Jesse and Karthik respectively), and complimented by the equally well-shot scenes – lovely

    May be sounding blasphemous here – but I think Karthik’s (the singer) rendition of the same melody in the Telugu equivalent (Vintunnava) is better than Rahman’s in Mannippaya

  3. dinesh says:

    also listen to omane penne… great piece in bilahari.. and that nagaswaram piece.. thats arr… real master..

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