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-C-

Nurkostam

 

Neo-Prog

2.55 | 15 ratings

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memowakeman
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3 stars Nice, dreamy and sad!

Those are some adjectives that come to my mind when I think of Nurkostam, a Finnish band that has been together since the latter 90's days, creating different kind of pieces, reaching the progressive rock realm and experimenting with some music for films. Since then, they have released three albums, one of them is "-C-" which saw the light in 2009. This trio has some kind of mellow and dreamy music to offer, so let's see what can we listen to here.

This is a short 28-minute album divided in 9 compositions, some of them are very short, and a couple of them are longer ones. It opens with "The Pearl Song" which immediately caught my attention due to that addictive bass sound, and those soft but delicious drums. The voice is mellow, so is the atmosphere. The last minute is pretty good, and I dare say this is the best track of the album, or at least my favorite.

"Gone" is a shorter track with a sense of sorrow, a disarming vocal sound complemented by a keyboard background. A dreamy piece. "Prison 4" is another mellow and soft track at first, which later changes a little bit, having some backing vocals and chorus. Not really my favorite here. "Space Travel" has a cool atmosphere, first with some radio-like voices and then with nice acoustic guitar and mellow vocals.

"Crawlin' Nation" has a very gentle sound, relaxing and soft, with nice vocals and acoustic guitar. This might be a tricky one, because you either feel interested or bored after a couple of minutes. However, I suggest you to stay until the very end, because the song becomes a bit heavier and more emotional.

"Intentionally Left Blank" is a 40-second piano piece that leads to "Slo Lee" , a piece that has a nice and more elaborated sound. However it may become repetitive and boring (just as I said with a previous track), though I actually like it. Not the best, but not bad at all. "Shrine" is another thirty-second instrumental piece, nothing to be proud about.

And finally the longest track, entitled "Darkmoor" which is an interesting composition. There is a constant sense of tranquility and melancholy, the music is soft and delicate, and the vocals perfectly complement it. After two minutes there is a moment of stillness, and then little by little the music is being rebuilt, a nice piano leads while some drums can also be heard. The last two minutes are instrumental and share a symphonic-like sound, with cool guitars and a tense feeling.

It is a nice EP, with highs and lows, but if you are in the mood and listen to it carefully, surely you will like it. My final grade is three stars.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 3/5 |

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