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TAI BLIZKO DO SAMIA NEBOSVOD (Тъй близко до самия небосвод)

Velislav Ivanov

 

Neo-Prog

3.33 | 3 ratings

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memowakeman
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3 stars A young talent sharing his music!

This is Velislav Ivanov, a man from Bulgaria whose passion for music has led him to compose and release three albums so far. His debut saw the light back in 2006 when he was an 18-year old guy; two years later he released the album I am reviewing, which by the way anyone can listen for free, through his website. The title of this album (in English) is "So Close to the Sky Itself), though the original title is in Bulgarian. It features five compositions which make a total time of 32 minutes.

The opener track is "I srceto nai-setne umira" (don't ask the meaning of the songs) which is a mellow track with a calm atmosphere. The guitar work may be repetitive, but it is accompanied by keyboards and together make a good sound. His voice is not really outstanding, I honestly prefer the instrumental passages, there are a couple of hypnotic minutes here, which I adored.

"Vals za dnite na vino I rozi" starts again with a calm atmosphere, the voice can be heard but as background, it does not really takes your attention. Then a pure, even relaxing sound appears due to his sensibility on keyboards, he knows how to put different colors and textures with his keyboards. "Mulchaine" follows up the previous song, I mean, you may believe it is the same song, but no, listen carefully and you will notice a change. Here the keyboards play again the lead role, but also nice guitars can be heard here. Before the second minute vocals appear along with some heavier noises, though the track is still soft and calm. Minutes later the guitars take now the leadership with some nice notes, while keyboards remain as background.

"Sarabande" starts with a darker mood, but it shines seconds later and becomes gentler, but wait, this is only for some seconds because later it shares again some dark and tense atmosphere which sounds interesting. However, after two minutes it suddenly stops, vocals appear and the rhythm changes. That short passage is not really my favorite, but what I like is that he returns to that dark mood later, with nice keyboards and drums. After four minutes, an excellent instrumental passage begins, with acoustic guitar and wonderful keyboards (as usual). It is important to mention that Ivanov is a multi-instrumentalist, or a one-man-band, whatever you want to call him.

Finally, the album closes with "Diavolsko" which is also the longest composition. Its first seconds sound weak, though the music is gradually progressing and little by little turn more interesting, though I have to admit, that this is not my favorite track, and actually left me with some frustrated expectations, I mean, when I saw it was the last and longest song, I truly though on a killer composition, and it may be, but so far I have not enjoyed as much as I would like to, in spite of its complexity and Ivanov's evident talent.

It is always great to know new music from new and talented artists, he is a man-to-follow, I am sure he will have a lot to offer in the future. People, take advantage of the internet facility and download his music. My final grade will be three stars.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 3/5 |

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