Premam is the soundtrack album for the 2015 Malayalam-Tamil film of the same name directed by Alphonse Puthren. The original soundtrack and background score were composed by Rajesh Murugesan, who had collaborated with Puthren in the film Neram (2013).Shabareesh Varma, beside singing, wrote the lyrics for eight of the nine songs. One song “Rockaankuthu” which had lyrics written by Pradeep Palarr was sung by Tamil film composer Anirudh Ravichander. The soundtrack album was released by the record label Muzik 247 on 14 February 2015 and topped the charts, with songs “Aaluva Puzha” and “Malare” became instant hits. The album was listed as the Best Malayalam Music Album of the year by Apple Music.
Puthren roped in Rajesh Murugesan as the film’s composer in April 2014, following the success of Neram. Unlike many films during the Malayalam new generation have less than five tracks in the album, Puthren insisted that Rajesh compose at least 13–14 tracks for the film, since the narrative of the film is musical and Puthren believed that the songs would have great impact on the film. However, the final track list only had 9 songs.Shabareesh Varma initially wrote one song for the director–composer collaboration’s previous film, which was “Pistah“. As the track became viral upon release, Puthren roped him as the norm lyricist and asked him to pen eight tracks for the film. Shabareesh started penning the first song, a “gibberish” track for the film in May 2014. Most of his tracks were written at his house in Aluva, where Rajesh and Puthren were present.
Shabareesh commented that some of his film songs seemed to come true in real life. In an interview with Deccan Chronicle, he stated that when he wrote the song “Ithu Puthan Kaalam”, he got much money to solve his financial troubles. However, when he wrote the second song “Kaalam Kettupoi”, the recording studio due to heavy rains and lightning, but the laptop with the film’s songs was safe with the music director Rajesh Murugesan. The track “Scene Contra” was written as the eponymous title song for a short film, and was written within eight minutes. As some of his friends demanded that the song should be used in a film album instead of a short film. Then, Puthren suggested that the song could be used in Premam and Rajesh wrote background orchestration for this purpose.
In September 2014, actor Murali Gopy recorded the song “Kalippu” during the time he worked on singing two songs simultaneously. Similar to “Scene Contra”, this song was also recorded for a short film under the title “Kalippu”, but following Puthren’s suggestions, this song was used in the film. In addition to Shabareesh Varma, screenwriter-cum-lyricist Pradeep Palarr also penned one song titled “Rockaankuthu” recorded by Tamil film composer Anirudh Ravichander.