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Yesterdays biography
Founded in Cluj Napoca, Romania in 2000

About six months ago, I heard YESTERDAYS for the first time, and was really impressed with the exquisite combination of 70's Symphonic influences with Hungarian folk elements, so after I asked the team, the addition was approved immediately.

Due to the problems with the language and lack of information, I asked the band to provide a biography for PA and have received it today, so with no further introduction, here it is:

: : : Iván Melgar Morey, PERU : : :

General Information

YESTERDAYS is a contemporary progressive rock band composed of seven musicians and belonging to the Hungarian minority of Western Romania. This Transylvanian band plays a complex blend of several styles: a basically classic symphonic Prog is redefined here with some jazzy, folk and atmospheric touches - all of these played with a youthful energy, inner light and sunny mood. Lyrics are in both English and Hungarian, and along with the fine instrumental passages they simply find the pathway to any old-school Prog-fan with an open heart and mind.

History

First conceived in 1997, Yesterdays is a lifelong product of the youthful talent of Bogáti-Bokor Ákos. This gifted, multi-instrumentalist, composer and studio wizard is the main driving force behind Yesterdays' starship. Stepping through the many constellations of the band, and working with several musicians, Bogáti-Bokor Ákos has developed his art to the highest standards, combining the classic Steve Howe-Trevor Rabin-Pat Metheny School of guitar playing with an inspired originality. In the early years Yesterdays released some very limited edition, self-produced works. These documents from that first era are now quite difficult-to-find, collectors' items! Years 2005-2006 brought a substantial increase in the band's sound potential, and the line-up and gear proved to be just right to make a jump-start into its next creative stage. Leader Bogáti-Bokor Ákos laid down the basics of the definitive debut album, signing all the music and most of the lyrics as composer-poet-arranger. The result was a work with a spiritual concept, a deep journey into the "Moonlit Garden", the land of an impossible love, the dream of the parts to be made whole, of the paradox of being present and being absent at the same time. And, as has been proving normal in their history, strong faith and steady work has put the band well into the Light. Miracles began to ...
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3.65 | 46 ratings
Holdfénykert
2006
3.46 | 23 ratings
Colours Caffé
2010

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0.00 | 0 ratings
From The Vault
2018

YESTERDAYS Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.36 | 5 ratings
Winter
2012
4.44 | 7 ratings
Almost Like Love
2012
4.00 | 5 ratings
Find Another Light
2015
5.00 | 2 ratings
Várj még
2016
4.00 | 1 ratings
Indulok - érkezel
2016
4.09 | 2 ratings
Tavasz
2017
0.00 | 0 ratings
It's Not the End of the World
2018

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 Holdfénykert by YESTERDAYS album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.65 | 46 ratings

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Holdfénykert
Yesterdays Symphonic Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

4 stars My review (posted originally in November 10, 2015) concerns the remastered version of the 2006 debut album by YESTERDAYS, a band consisting of musicians from the Hungarian minority of Western Romania. [As a side note I'd like to mention that I've witnessed the amazing acoustic guitar playing of Ákos Bogáti-Bokor last spring in a gig featuring the Finnish band Paidarion and multi-national guests. That's one of my fondest gig memories.] A thank you to the drummer Kimmo Pörsti who kindly sent me this CD among a heap of others. He's an executive producer here. Ákos underlines that the remastering didn't involve any compression. The booklet features also very beautiful outdoor photography with piano keys, guitar and a flute. The musicians themselves are not photographed, but this visual approach suits nicely to the pastoral feel in the music. The short instrumental opener 'Napfénykert' stars flute, mellotron and acoustic guitar. Mellow and pretty, perhaps a bit too much so. 'Végtelen' introduces the charming, innocent female vocals. The playing is soft and dreamy, comparable to the classic KC ballad 'I Talk to the Wind'. On the third track there's a brief flute melody citing 'Close To The Edge' (this was amusing to hear for the first time: I instantly recognized it to be from a YES track, but which one was it...). The peaceful and accessible compositions on this acoustically oriented album are not hugely progressive -- and this fact is definitely not a fault, but understandably it can make the album sound a bit too spineless to some prog listeners.

Warmly recommended if you enjoy pastoral works of e.g. ANTHONY PHILLIPS, STEVE HACKETT, ERRATA CORRIGE, CELESTE etc. The Hungarian lyrics are completely beyond my reach but they do sound nice. A couple of songs are sung in English, and actually some of the charm is lost by that. I really like this peaceful music with lots of flute, but the compositions indeed could be more impressive. Hence four stars.

 Tavasz by YESTERDAYS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2017
4.09 | 2 ratings

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Tavasz
Yesterdays Symphonic Prog

Review by Katusnya

4 stars After their last single (Indulok - érkezel), Yesterdays is back with a new single, this time as a duet of Koncz Kriszta (lead vocals) and Bogáti-Bokor Ákos (guitars, bass, drums and mellotrons). Built around a Hungarian poem of Háy János, Tavasz (Spring) is a beautiful and melancholic tune. The first impression is that it's an unusual pop song, but after listening it several times you'll find that it's like a HOGARTH era MARILLION song with delay-driven electric guitar soundscapes, mellotron (used with taste) and the guitar solo is 100% Steve ROTHERY. The structure of the song is very interesting. It builds up slowly with a groove, with the addition of deep bass notes (using octave effects) and lush electric guitar chords. The mellotron helps the chorus flow even better and the duet of Kriszta and Ákos sings 4-5 part multiple harmonies over it. After the second verse they transpose the song down a half step. Very surprising move! Kriszta's voice can handle these deep notes, she's an alto singer, so her deep voice really shines in the third verse. The final chorus is the uplifting part of the song, where they use even more vocals to add some kind of gospel feeling to the ending, using hand claps and a constant electric guitar solo in the background. Melodic prog lovers and fans of Hogarth-era Marillion (as me) will love this single. Four solid stars from me as I am looking forward to hear more Yesterdays music in the near future.
 Várj még by YESTERDAYS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2016
5.00 | 2 ratings

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Várj még
Yesterdays Symphonic Prog

Review by Parallels77

5 stars I am following this Transylvanian progressive rock combo since their 2014 release of the Moonlit Garden album (one of my favourite Eastern European prog albums of all time!). In October 2016 the album became 10 years old and the two basic Yesterdays members: Ákos Bogáti-Bokor and Zsolt Enyedi decided to get Yesterdays back together and to pay a hommage to their debut. Várj még (Just Wait) is a slow building symphonic prog composition. This new version starts with 2 part harmonies on flute, accompanied by a 12 string acoustic guitar. The most pleasant surprize is the new lead singer's clear, calm, yet vivid voice. Beáta Bölönyi-Márton surely adds some new dimensions to this song. Both of the flute player girls Gréta Klemenz and Tábitha Bodizs are singing rich backing vocals with the help of Robbie Benjámin Fehér (who also plays acoustic guitar on the track). 4-5 part harmonies in the choruses and a strange pedal from Electro Harmonix which imitates the sound of a mellotron (but it is driven by electric guitar), still, the choir sound of this pedal adds true Mellotron feel to this song. Zsolt Enyedi's moog solo once again is a delight and (once again) he adds a little more to the old solo: he quotes their lead riff/melody from their epic called Seven and also a few notes from Yes' Close to the Edge. I got very excited that some new Yesterdays material is on the way. I've read somewhere on the band's Facebook page that the new album will be a concept album, Looking forward to that! Until the new material arrives, this acoustic piece (lyrics in Hungarian) is a nice addition to anyone who liked Yesterdays' wonderful debut album. Four solid stars from me!
 Find Another Light by YESTERDAYS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2015
4.00 | 5 ratings

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Find Another Light
Yesterdays Symphonic Prog

Review by Parallels77

4 stars Find Another Light is a brand new single from Hungarian/Romanian band Yesterdays. It is nice to see that they have returned to show their progressive rock side after their pop-like period. In style this new tune is very much like Yes or Camel, the time signature is almost constantly 7/8. The strenght of this piece is in the beautiful female vocals (of Karola Antal) and the moog solo extravaganza. As special guest on drums is Kimmo Pörsti, drummer of Paidarion and The Samurai Of Prog. Kimmo helped out Yesterdays guitarist Ákos Bogáti-Bokor on The Cosmic Remedy's first album (as a band member). It's a pity that this song has been released only digitally, but still, it's worth 4 stars. Lovely return from Yesterdays!
 Find Another Light by YESTERDAYS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2015
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Find Another Light
Yesterdays Symphonic Prog

Review by StDavis

4 stars A fresh start from Yesterdays, it took me by surprise. I am a big fan of their debut "Holdfénykert" and the new single, FIND ANOTHER LIGHT reminds me of their prog hit: SEVEN. Although YESTERDAYS is a band from Romania, this new song has a very Swedish "aftertaste", positive like MOON SAFARI, tricky like THE FLOWER KINGS but with lovely female vocals, provided by KAROLA ANTAL.

Like their debute album, this song is driven by acoustic guitar strumming, but the electric guitar parts are undoubtedly under STEVE HOWE's influence, both in tone and in style.

Instead of flute, they used multiple layers of baroque recorder sounds, very GENTLE GIANT- ish. The analog synth solos are interesting too, different cutoff/sounds panned in stereo with the same melody, I've only heard this trick on GLASS HAMMER's Lex Rex album. Nice trick in stereo.

I hope that this will be a new beginning for Yesterdays, I'd like to hear a new album from this band. Until that, this single is highly recommended!

 Find Another Light by YESTERDAYS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2015
4.00 | 5 ratings

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Find Another Light
Yesterdays Symphonic Prog

Review by Katusnya

4 stars After announcing the end of the touring band, founders of Yesterdays Zsolt Enyedi (kb.) and Ákos Bogáti-Bokor (g.) decided to move forward and release more Yesterdays music. According to a recent interview, from now on Yesterdays will be a recording band only.

This new single shows the symphonic progressive side of the band, Moog solos all over, STEVE HOWE-like electric guitar passages, GENTLE GIANT style four voice baroque recorder part and again, influences of YES. We hear Kimmo Pörsti's (THE SAMURAI OF PROG) drumming, this time reminiscent of ALAN WHITE's style.

High female vocals - as usual - upbeat, positive mood. Karola Antal is a fantastic singer, first appeared in Ákos' old band TABULA SMARAGDINA, singing backing vocals, later she recorded the masterpiece NÉMAFILM SUITE PART II. on the second Yesterdays album, COLOURS CAFFÉ.

FIND ANOTHER LIGHT is a relatively short song, only four minutes, but it has many prog things going on: a symphonic prog style intro with mellotron, taurus and minimoog, distorted bass, two analog synth solos, blockflöte fugue part, and YES-like guitar sounds, multiple backing vocals (reminiscent of TREVOR RABIN-era YES).

The single is distributed only digitally, but there's a printable CD cover available on the band's Facebook page, for collectionists.

Short and melodic prog tune from Romania. Looking forward to hear more.

 Colours Caffé by YESTERDAYS album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.46 | 23 ratings

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Colours Caffé
Yesterdays Symphonic Prog

Review by Argonaught

3 stars While Yesterdays's first album, Holdfénykert, was excellent in every respect, and unmistakably prog, their chronologically second (and, apparently, the last) album is a little disappointing.

(They have recently reissued Holdfénykert, but I don't believe it should be considered a separate entity)

I have visited Yesterday's webpage and found that as of 2014 the band have decided to take a "brake" (not sure if it was just a misspelling or was meant to be a pun), citing their inability to carry on supporting the unprofitable enterprise financially "out of pocket", and to fight piracy.

Or, maybe the Holdfénykert they have run out of fresh creative ideas ... or, haven't found enough lovers of prog in Romania and Hungary to do gigs for. Or they decided to make more "accessible" music, and didn't enjoy it enough to continue. Whichever way, it's sad story.

Whether intentionally or not, the Colours Caffe didn't preserve the most important characteristics that made Holdfénykert so good. The vocals are less impressive (they must have replaced their singers), and the music sounds more like pop, albeit an interesting passage and a couple of "exotic" instruments can be heard here and there. All in all, 3 stars by the PA standards.

 Colours Caffé by YESTERDAYS album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.46 | 23 ratings

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Colours Caffé
Yesterdays Symphonic Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

2 stars YESTERDAYS latest album is a little different from the debut in that the vocals are now all in Hungarian and as others have mentioned this record is even more sugary (happy) than the debut. For me this is a step down from the debut and I wasn't exactly thrilled with that one either.

"Jatek" is uptempo with a beat and synths standing out. Vocals join in as well. Not a fan. "Forog A Tanc" is another energetic track although the tempo does shift back and forth. Some clapping and sampled mellotron too. The guitar is prominant late to end it. "Ejszaka" is the first of a three part suite called "Namafilm Szvit". This is mellow to start as reserved vocals join in. Tasteful guitar and synths replace the vocals as the beat continues. Vocals return after 4 1/2 minutes and the flute comes in late. "Nemafilm" is the second part and almost 10 minutes long. It's mid-paced with vocals but it does pick up as contrasts continue. Guitar and mellotron 3 minutes in. Flute and mellotron 6 1/2 minutes in as it continues to play out with vocals coming and going. "Melyrepules" ends the suite with vocals, guitar and a beat leading the way. Not a fan.

"Tukor" has strummed guitar, flute and a beat as the vocals join in. Yikes ! Not good at all. "Babu" starts out with guitar, synths and a beat as vocals and flute join in. "Flautoccata" is a short piece with flute throughout. "Megpihensz" opens with acoustic guitar as a beat and reserved vocals join in. Piano too. "Preludium Egy Esohoz" is my favourite because we get no vocals and lots of atmosphere with guest trumpet. It sounds nothing like the others. "Zapor" ends it as we get contrasts between the mellow and fuller sections and there is a hidden track as well.

Considering the debut was a low 3 stars for me, I have to give it the fans only rating. Just not the kind of music I enjoy at all.

 Holdfénykert by YESTERDAYS album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.65 | 46 ratings

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Holdfénykert
Yesterdays Symphonic Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars YESTERDAYS is apparently made up of ethnic Hungarians who live in Romania. The female vocals are in both English and Hungarian. The music itself is what i'd describe as light and sweet. Probably because of the female vocals and airy flute that dominates the sound much of the time. There is mellotron but it's sampled, still it does help me enjoy this more than I would have otherwise.

I'm going to use the English song titles provided. "Sunlit Garden" is a short opening track with strummed guitar, flute and a beat leading the way. We get some mellotron as well. "Infinite" has picked guitar as reserved vocals join in. It picks up with a beat. Mellotron before 1 1/2 minutes followed by flute. Vocal melodies late. "Don't Be Scared" opens with intricate sounds and atmosphere. It starts to pick up after 2 minutes with flute. Reserved vocals a minute later. Mellotron before 5 minutes. "If Ever" is a short piece with acoustic guitar melodies throughout. "It's So Divine" has strummed guitar as vocals, a beat and flute join in. Mellotron after 1 1/2 minutes.

"Where Are You ?" is mellow with Hungarian vocals. Mellotron and flute also help out. "Just Stay" has fragile vocals, mellotron and a beat. Flute after 2 minutes and then synths lead from before 3 1/2 minutes to 5 minutes in. "Moonlit Garden" is a short instrumental. "Seven" is uptempo with synths leading then vocals after 2 minutes. Mellotron comes and goes. A calm before 6 minutes as male vocals come in. It picks up as female vocals return. "Somehwere In Space" opens with a beat as piano comes in. It builds until vocals arrive around 2 minutes as it settles back some.

Pleasant and well done for sure but this isn't the style of music I enjoy that much.

 Almost Like Love by YESTERDAYS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2012
4.44 | 7 ratings

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Almost Like Love
Yesterdays Symphonic Prog

Review by Katusnya

4 stars A nice and short single from Yesterdays. According to their website they tried to reach out for not only prog audiences, but - through gaining radio air time - more people. I must say that it was a good strategy, I've heard Almost Like Love in my local radio station one day and this is how I found out about this release.

Like their Winter EP, this was too an artist's edition and available only as digital download. But enough about the circumstances, let's jump on the music.

Almost Like Love is the title single, it sounds and feels like a Supertramp/ELO type hit for me. The instrumentation is very keyboard-centric, it's a nice mix of clavinet and harpsichord in the verse and Yamaha CP under the riff. The melody lines ar very catchy and Bilatiu Raluca's voice was a nice choice from the band, it's powerful, shiny and a perfect fit to this music. After a few listens, you'll find yourself singing along. The song sounds very refreshing, and it's good to hear a prog band in the radio. If you are into the bands mentioned above and Neal Morse's first two - song based - solo records, than you'll love this.

The second song, 'Torn Apart' is the remixed version of Zapor (from their Colours Caffe album) this time in English, for me it's a bit too Marillion-like, but if you haven't imagined Marillion with a female voice, this song can be a nice journey for you.

Since both songs are very catchy, I really hope that this single will gain more air time for the band. Melodic music to enjoy in cars, on long trips or when you are in a more light-prog mood. Four solid stars for this one. Recommended.

Thanks to Ivan_Melgar_M for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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