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Yesterdays - Saint​-​Exup​é​ry álma CD (album) cover




Symphonic Prog

4.08 | 65 ratings

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5 stars Review #15

This year (2022) I have already heard many albums worth listening to. But that I may discover such a pearl at the end of the year really puts me in the greatest joy. "Yesterdays" is a talented progressive rock band from Hungary, which uses its home advantage and performs its music in the national language. This feature alone makes Yesterdays music something very special, as I personally have never heard prog in Hungarian and can directly attest that this beautiful language forms a dreamlike synthesis with the music. Stéphanie Semeniuc and Tarsoly Csenge with their warm, strong and variable voices are an important anchor in Yesterday's music, whether alone or in multi-layered harmony vocals. Speaking of the music, I'm happy to move on to the next highlight: the instrumentation. Mellotron, mini-Moog, flute, acoustic guitars, piano and additional percussion create a wonderful retro sound that revives the golden times of prog. This is an excellent melting pot that combines the lively and positive musical style of Yes with a jazzy, atmospheric and more experimental side of Camel. The band uses these reference bands to create their own sound, which can confidently be called a blueprint of 70s prog - carried by a very strong self-production (!) as well as a lot of passion and skill. What is special about "Yesterdays" is that, from a compositional point of view, there is a lot of room for the actual song progression, allowing melodies to develop, instrumental parts to unfold and atmospheres to build up. Songs like "Estekék" or the brilliant long track "Esötánc" are great examples of how versatile Yesterdays music sounds and works. Breathtaking. Captivating. Exciting.

The decisive factor for me is clearly that "Saint-Exupéry Álma" pulled me into its maelstrom from the very beginning and takes me back to my early days of prog passion, where every minute of prog music feels like fireworks in my ears. An incredibly strong album that reflects and bows to the core of classic prog in every way. A much too unknown masterpiece that I think every fan of the genre should know.

Smurfreviews | 5/5 |


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