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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.41 | 15 ratings

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4 stars I must say that Colorstar is probably my favorite Hungarian group at the moment, thoroughly entranced by previous albums "Heavenicetrip" (a classic in my opinion) and "Via la Musica", its prog content is sometimes questioned but their mix of organic electronica with strong bass and real drums is a concoction I happen to enjoy. Their concerts in Hungary are well received and provide a strong platform for Hungarian prog to continue to flourish. "Komfort" veers deeper into synth-led environments where the collapsing guitars jumble furiously with the manic rhythms, creating a dense web of sound that would appeal to a wide variety of fans, anywhere from Trey Gunn-era King Crimson, Kraftwerk , fellow compatriots Korai Öröm (all Ks!). It will also please the electro trance crowd because you can actually dance to this also. The groove is intense, all vocals are in English (at times vocodered), the rhythmic weaving intricate and ever evolving, spiced with all kinds of sonic effects but always pied-pipered by the guitar/bass combination. The tracks are all note worthy, each different in its own way, with an assortment of themes and beats that keep the enjoyment alive and kicking, swirling and oozing appropriately. A track by track rundown is uncalled for as all the pieces have their own identity while still firmly ensconced in their forever evolving style. The dual dueling guitars of Péter Szalay and András Keleti still rule the roost with solid drummer Zoltán Farkas pounding mercilessly. New members are no slouches: the über-electronics are handled by Márton Szinovszki and he is utterly convincing while the rumbling bass is now handled by Csaba Bese.

Admittedly not everyone's cup of tea but isn't that what makes prog so grand , a massive buffet of sumptuous sounds all catering to one's individual tastes and preferences. The production and sound are astoundingly clear and concise as is always the case with Hungarian recordings, a long standing tradition in this country. This should be perceived more like party (read =FUN) music than your serious ultra-snotty musical audition. The idea is enjoyment after all and Colorstar will definitely fit your bill, as they are both creative and original, blurring that fine line between Psychedelic, Space and Electronica.

4.5 Komfort Zones

tszirmay | 4/5 |


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