Ever since we heard the songs in Chronic Bachelor, Symphony and Naran, we have been impressed by Deepak Dev’s music. What makes Deepak’s music so appealing and different? The editors at varnachitram are no experts in music and could not explain the difference between a charanam and karanam, but blogger Krishnakumar has a detailed analysis of Deepak Dev’s style.
The second characteristic is the sound design. Deepak gives a lot of importance to the quality of sound. The result is a ‘crisp” clear sound, both for the vocals as well as the instruments. He also strives to add very minute details to the tracks such as “fret noises” (the noise you get when you slide your fingers on the guitar; e.g. Listen to the ending of “Karale”) and “breath sounds” (the sound of breath when a flautist blows into the flute; e.g. beginning of parayathe).
The third thing I noticed is that his songs grew exponentially simpler as time progressed (from Chronic to Naran). The songs of Chronic were sort of funky, complicated, but melodius and catchy. The next one, symphony, was simpler and it goes on like that until Naran. Simplicity has its own benefits: it narrows attention. For example, in the song “Panimathiye” (Symphony), all you could hear is the sweet voice of Chithra. That becomes your world…nothing else! The same is the case with the song “Karale”.[Deepak Dev: An evaluative look at the “Hit-maker”]
We agree with him on the Panimathiyey song which is one our favourites. Devoid of a thousand musical instruments creating cosmic background music, the only thing you hear is Chitra’s divine voice and it is one of the unique songs in Malayalam. But we think that his music has not exactly become simple. It is more like an inverted bell curve. The noise level of some of the songs in Rashtram was too much to bear for us. We hope he comes up with melodies in the style of his earlier compositions.
PS: Ever since we wrote a few articles on Deepak Dev, people have been leaving comments as if they are talking directly to him. For the record, we have no relation to him and he does not read this site as far as we know. Also, to the gentleman who wanted Deepak Dev to call him, we apologize that we may not be able to help him.