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ESTHEMA are a progressive folk band with wide, eclectic influence, including various jazz fusion branches (such is Al DiMeola) to avant moments (fans of John Zorn will recognize them). Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, the band is compirsed of five members: Andy Milas (guitar), Bruno Esrubilsky (drums), Ignacio Long (bass), Onur Dilisen (violin) and Tery Lemanis (oud/bouzouki). Their folk influences are rooted in Greek/Turkish/Balkan music. Traces of metal and New Age music are also present.

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Long Goodbye by Esthema (2014-08-03)Long Goodbye by Esthema (2014-08-03)
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Hereness & Nowness of Things by EsthemaHereness & Nowness of Things by Esthema
Apart From the Rest by EsthemaApart From the Rest by Esthema
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The Hereness & Nowness of Things by Esthema (2009-05-04)The Hereness & Nowness of Things by Esthema (2009-05-04)
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3.75 | 4 ratings
Apart From The Rest
3.96 | 7 ratings
The Hereness and Nowness Of Things
4.04 | 4 ratings
Long Goodbye

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 Long Goodbye by ESTHEMA album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.04 | 4 ratings

Long Goodbye
Esthema Eclectic Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars US band ESTHEMA was formed back in 2006, and released their initial album "Apart From the Rest" the following year, followed by "The Hereness and Nowness of Things". Since the release of that album the band appears to have been reinvented somewhat, with Milas and Dilisin the sole remaining members from the 2009 version of the ensemble. "Long Goodbye" is the name of their third full-length production, self-released in 2014.

While one could describe the music of Esthema in a number of different manners, I guess world fusion is the description that gives the best indication about what to expect from their latest album "Long Goodbye". A production that blend jazz- and Balkan folk-inspired music with tones and scales of a more exotic Middle East origin, with a good balance between the gentle and haunting and the firm and dramatic. Those who find this to be an appealing description or have a general interest in music described as world fusion, may regard themselves as a key audience for this album.

 The Hereness and Nowness Of Things by ESTHEMA album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.96 | 7 ratings

The Hereness and Nowness Of Things
Esthema Eclectic Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Intriguing sophomore effort by this US-based band.

Exploring a style of music that will have to be described as heavily world music-inspired with some jazzy flavouring, Esthema manage to blend characteristics of several distinct flavours of folk music with jazz in a neat and interesting manner on this latest endeavour of theirs.

With rhythms and guitars more often than not providing jazzy flavours with nods in the direction of Django Reinhardt and the gypsy tradition, skilful use of oud and bouzouki respectively adds touches from Arabian/Persian and Greek folk music to these compositions, while the violin visits each of these three styles in it's everlasting wandering from passage to passage and song to song.

The end result is an inspired album, perhaps a bit too much like itself as it moves towards the end but very well made and performed non the less. Especially for those who might find such a blend of styles intriguing, obviously.

Thanks to clarke2001 for the artist addition.

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