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SENKI MADARA

Yesterdays

 

Symphonic Prog

3.93 | 51 ratings

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TenYearsAfter
4 stars 'A happy marriage between folk and symphonic rock'

In 2010 I witnessed a Dutch gig from Yesterdays, during an interesting triple prog concert with Belgian Mindgames and Dutch Flamborough Head. The band played a few songs from its promising debut album Holdfenykert (2006) and focussed on the new album Colours Caffe (released in 2011). The crowd was very pleased with Yesterdays varied and melodic sound (folk, symphonic rock, jazz, classical), that evening the band made friends. Then it became silent, very silent, until last year when Yesterdays finally released a third effort, entitled Senki Madara (2018).

Like other Hungarian bands Solaris and After Crying the music from Yesterdays is performed by outstanding, mainly classically trained musicians, really a big plus, including the superb female vocals! And also the writing skills are on a high level: very melodic, harmonic and varied compositions, alternating between dreamy folk and 24-carat symphonic rock bombastic eruptions. The colouring with the wide range of instruments is wonderful, from flute, violin, cello, acoustic guitar to Grand piano, Mellotron, Minimoog, Hammond and electric guitars.

My highlights.

Agrol-agra (6:24) : The opener is a varied composition, alternating between mellow (dreamy flute and acoustic guitar) and bombastic (Kashmir-like Mellotron violins, Wakeman style Minimoog flights and Howe sounding guitar), topped with very pleasant native female vocals. The music sounds as a very happy marriage between folk and symphonic rock.

Elmehetsz (4:11) : It starts with acoustic rhythm guitar, Grand piano and dreamy female vocals, then a spacey slide guitar joins. After beautiful work on the flute, the music turns into a bombastic eruption with majestic Mellotron choirs and excellent electric guitar play, with slide and volume pedal.

Hajnalcsillag (4:47) : Remarkable is the Mellotron flute that obviously sounds like Strawberry Fields Forever from The Beatles, blended with fiery electric guitar. Then acoustic rhythm guitar and female vocals, in combination with sensitive electric guitar runs and a Mellotron flute. Gradually the atmosphere becomes more bombastic with howling electric guitar. This is trademark Yesterdays, the flowing shifting moods between folky and symphonic rock, between dreamy and bombastic.

Eso (2:28) A short piece that contains again beautiful dreamy vocals, tastefully blended with subtle slide guitar and Minimoog runs.

Nap (5:54) : First dreamy with a twanging acoustic guitar and soaring flute, then a bombastic eruption with howling electric guitar and Mellotron choirs, fiery guitar runs, distorted bass and cheerful Minimoog flights (Yes but also Belgian Machiavel come to my mind).

Ugy bocsass el (3:42) : The final track is a beauty, I am carried away by the dreamy folky atmosphere featuring flute, twanging acoustic guitar and melancholical violin, topped with wonderful, pretty emotional female vocals, the native language adds an extra dimension, especially in this song!

So I follow the cascades of euphoric four star reviews, a big hand for Yesterdays, and what a comeback album!

TenYearsAfter | 4/5 |

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