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BORIS

Yezda Urfa

 

Eclectic Prog

4.18 | 261 ratings

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OzzProg
5 stars Boris: the definition of Eclectic Prog.

The best way to describe the music of this obscure American band is as follows: The intriquit technical qualities, and blazing speed all taken from Gentle Giant, put together with King Crimson's (Larks' Tongues in Aspic) song structure. Now if you take that unique mixture, and saturate it by adding the lush melodies and feel of the best Italian Symphonic rock, you have Boris, by Yezda Urfa.

There is not a weak track to be associated with Yezda Urfa on this album. From the moment it starts to it's explosive end, the music keeps you at the edge of your seat, keeps you holding on so you aren't swept away from the sheer power of it all. The music also has a certain uplifting quality to it; the melodies are bright, the vocals warm, and there is just an overall sensation that the musicians had an absolute blast in the studio with this one.

If we were to decompose the music itself, and analyze each component separately, we would see that Boris is a lot more complex than he is made out to be on the lovely album art. The first thing you would notice are the beautiful, yet strange, harmonies that fill Boris with life and soul. Next you would notice the thumping bass that caries the music at its relentless pace. The bass style is in the vein of Renaissance's Jon Camp, with a clean tone, always thumping, always melodic; the brawn of Boris. The drumming comes next; which at times reminds me of some Bruford drumming during his time in Crimson. Fast, complex, ever changing beats; the drums are the true structure, the bones of our friend Boris. Boris' next feature, the flute is the most dynamic instrument on this album. Sometimes the flute making you think of a pretty spring meadow, with pretty and soothing playing... then suddenly, the flute will explode into aggressive fits of anger, dominating all in its path, as if it were the temper of our good friend Boris. Now for the two most important factors of the music: The omnipresent guitars and keyboards. These two instruments are the flesh of Boris, allowing him move and flow. At times these two instruments will be peacefully following along with the melody in the background, content as can be...but they are building up pressure, frequently exploding , as if they were geysers, into beautiful and complex guitar riffs, or synth flights.

Boris is a masterpiece of American music, that does not get its deserved recognition, as many have said before me. If you read this review, and feel tired of the music you have been listening to, Boris is calling your name. Fresh, unique, powerful, beautiful, fast, funny, uplifting; Traits of an album you should have in your possession.

OzzProg | 5/5 |

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