Ashwin Renju composition ‘Oblivion’ penned by Manu Manjith and rendered by Harisankar gets launched by A R Rahman.
The music video is directed by Dominic Arun and is conceptualised by Santhy Balachandran, who gained audience attention through her performances in movies like 'Tharangam', 'Jallikkattu' and 'Paapam Cheyyathavar Kalleriyatte'. Nimish Ravi has captured the visuals for this music video that intends to immerse the viewers in a visually aesthetic experience.
The music video is exploratory in terms of its concept and genre. While the concept explores memory, perception and subjectivity via the mindscape of a young man living his final moments, the music is an exploration of the 'R & B and Trap' genre. The vocal genius KS Harisankar expressed his happiness in experimenting with a completely new genre. “Rendering a song with an 'R & B and Trap' inspired composition was a fresh experience for me — it is a song that departs from the norm as far as Malayalam music goes”, said Harisankar.
Sidharth Varma, Lakshmi Marikar, Karthika Nair, Irene Jose, Jess Sweejan, Immanuel Kurian, Sanal Mohan, Ashlee Issac Abraham and Vaisakh Shankar have given life to the characters in the music video.
“Oblivion's music has had an interesting journey — it has a soul that is deep and ethereal. Listeners can expect to experience many different emotions and a peculiar sense of being lonely, yet completely at peace”, says Ashwin Renju, who had also composed the hit single ‘Minnunnundae Mullapole’ from the movie Tharangam.
The man behind the lyrics, Manu Manjith says, “Ashwin’s compositions tend to be complex, so writing lyrics for them is a challenge that I enjoy thoroughly. He is someone who is particular about how the words play with the tune, and our working equation is very collaborative and creatively satisfying”. He is a highly-regarded lyricist and poet whose notable works include songs from Theevandi, Godha, Tharangam and Anandam.
Oblivion’s ideation began during the first lockdown, and took form as the lockdown was lifted. “Making Oblivion gave all of us a much needed break from the all-consuming anxiety that the pandemic had brought upon us. I am looking forward to finally sharing it with the World”, says Dominic Arun, who made his directorial debut with the movie 'Tharangam'.