Album Review: Artur Baryshev – Voices from the Past

Artur Baryshev - Voices from the Past

Voices from the Past” by Moldovan songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Artur Baryshev is an instrumental progressive rock/jazz fusion album that explores the boundaries of both genres. Baryshev who masterfully plays a guitar, a bass, keyboard, a melodica and drums, creates a sound that is both cerebral and visceral, with each track taking the listener on a journey through a variety of musical landscapes.

After a short intro, the album kickstarts with “TRIPH,” a powerful and driving track that sets the tone for the rest of the album. The guitar and bass work are particularly noteworthy, with Baryshev showcasing his skills in a series of intricate and dynamic interplays. The drums also shine on this track, providing a solid foundation for the rest of the instruments to build upon.

One of the standout tracks on the album is “Butterfly in the Atomic Cloud,” which showcases Artur’s ability to blend jazz-inspired improvisation with the energy and drive of rock music. The piano and bass work in perfect harmony to create a sound that is both melodic and chaotic, while the drums provide a steady and driving beat. The song features a sax solo played by Dmitrii Sergheev who certainly adds another dimension in the already varied soundscape.

The production on “Voices from the Past” is excellent, with each instrument given a clear and distinct place in the mix. The album also features a few moments of atmospheric ambiance, adding to the overall depth and emotion of the music.

Overall, “Voices from the Past” is an outstanding album that showcases the Artur Baryshev’s mastery of the instrumental progressive rock/jazz fusion genre. It is a must-listen for fans of both genres, and anyone looking for an intellectually stimulating and musically challenging listening experience.

The album is available from Bandcamp here.

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