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3.08 | 16 ratings

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3 stars The lone full album from Nurkostam (at the time of reviewing) might be a preface to this band unlocking their full musical potential. It just doesn't come fully.

Unlike the two EPs the band has distributed, III OF DREAMERS feels more confident of a work of art. The actual preluding ''Overture'' really does function like a good overture and helps solidify the sound at least for the first few tracks. Maybe not the most dynamic of sorts, but the symphonically jazzy atmospheres the band produce are mesmerizing. The one problem is that during ''The Camel Song'', there are some awful off-key vocals that ruin the mood.

Nurkostam can be a pleasant instrumental neo-prog soundscape type of artist because they can make a good niche for themselves there. The tracks ''Dike'' through ''Anon'' sputter the continuous motion of the mood set earlier by wringing out the concept (or so I interpret), but lacking the confidence in the vocals to do so. It's frustrating to sit through a song only to endure weak padding to underline a philosophical speech that I simply have not the bother to hear. At least on ''Anon'', the group can crescendo well enough to the point where sitting through the whole thing was worth the trouble.

It is without a doubt in my mind the best of the Nurkostam works so far. If the group can make an instrumental album in the future, then I would be very intrigued. Sadly, the back half of III OF DREAMERS doesn't quite cut the mustard, and the artsy guitar feedback on ''Motherside'' sounds like it came directly from a Sonic Youth album.

Sinusoid | 3/5 |


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