What Maalavika Manoj’s ‘Absolute’ is all about


Mali’s newest launch, the track ‘Absolute’ has a private and political message, each delivered with quiet power

To say Maalavika Manoj’s new track is doing nicely, could be an understatement. On YouTube, ‘Absolute’ has been considered 15,000 instances within the 5 days since its premiere. On Twitter, it has been shared by the likes of AR Rahman and Anirudh Ravichander. Maalavika — or Mali, because the artiste is popularly identified — is taking it in with a quiet kind of pleasure. When requested concerning the message of her track, nevertheless, she waxes eloquent.

“There may be deliberate disconnect between the video and the lyrics,” she says over telephone from Chennai, the place the shoot for her video was wrapped up two weeks in the past, “The lyrics are fairly political and on-the-nose: in the event you take heed to it with out watching the visuals, you may cross it off as a totally completely different track. I didn’t need to take a political stance video-wise. I wished to depart it to the individuals who actually need to know, to know what it means,” she provides.

The track itself is an accusation towards rulers-that-be whose “powers are absolute” — an accusation delivered in a quiet voice, cocooned by silken notes from the piano and the violin that leap to higher heights and quantity than the singer-composer’s intentionally measured voice. The composition is an uplifting one; as polished because the set of video, shot on the Gymkhana Membership with its velvet-lined staircases, gilded mirrors, arches and columns. Kudos to director Krishna Marimuthu for his dramatic use of sunshine and naked house. On the visible stage alone, the track will be seen as one in every of private battle, with a golden jacket ready to be donned as a metaphor for self-confidence.

Preserve your ears open, nevertheless, and it’s troublesome to disregard the lyrics. Traces about damaged backs and sickles, and an insistent “we are able to say what we need to say” leap out, as relatable now as they had been again in 2017 when Mali had first penned them. “The track is concerning the form of energy we give to the individuals we elect, who placed on a special entrance once they need to get on our good facet. And once they get energy… nicely, absolute energy corrupts completely,” she says. She challenges not only a political leaning, however the clamping down of voices typically.

The track has clearly struck a chord, and Mali is worked up about one explicit response greater than the others. “Among the earliest songs I knew had been AR Rahman songs. And now, my track is being shared by him… it looks like life has come full circle. That is the very best form of validation I might get.”


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