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Conor Fynes
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2 stars 'III Of Dreamers' - Nurkostam (4/10)

The second album and first full-length recording of this Finnish atmospheric rock trio, Nurkostam identify themselves as a laid back group of musicians with this, 'III Of Dreamers'. A fairly unknown band, I had little idea of the music I was going to hear from these guys, besides the rather mixed reviews they seemed to be getting over the site. While differing opinions on music can usually mean a very challenging record, 'III Of Dreamers' is mixed because- simply put- it is a lukewarm record. Although Nurkostam has a few great things going for them on this album, the sheer anaesthetized, and overly laid back feel of the album can make it a bore to someone not entirely invested in the mood.

When trying to describe the music of this trio, a more vintage-sounding Sigur Ros would come to mind. The band takes more than a few tricks from the sound of that band, but there's also a wealth of classic prog rock sounds, not lastly being that of the mellotron, which they use heavily in tandem with the dreamy and almost always mellow guitars. The vocals at times get a little deeper, but they largely sound close to Jonsi's.While they are quite close to Sigur Ros in their sound, the addition of vintage elements makes them a little more original, so Nurkostam has this going for them. Where I think 'III Of Dreamers' starts to falter is in the actual writing of their music. The album's undeniable highlight 'Almost Famous' is structured nicely, and has some beautiful melodies to keep it going. The track after that 'Dike' features a drawn out instrumental guitar soundscape that gets pleasantly eerie. As a rule though, many of these tracks feel like they never go anywhere, and the album ends before it feels like it ever got started. There are a few parts here where the energy begins to build, but overall, 'III Of Dreamers' gives the feeling of sitting down to watch a movie, falling asleep, and waking up just to catch the ending credits. It may be relaxing, but its certainly disappointing.

Conor Fynes | 2/5 |


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