Sunday, September 30, 2012

OSV - Evening Sky CD review

OSV - Evening Sky CD (Independent Release)

One of the most underrated instrumental projects returns with a new CD and at the same time makes a reviewer’s life harder. How is that? It is so difficult for one to be precise when in need of transforming his emotions into words, when the songs he listens can “speak” through notes. Drummer Gary Oppert and bassist Steve Sexton join again forces with guitarist Marcel Coenen and   Sergey Boykov and deliver us a wonderful album that I enjoy as much as their previous efforts.

“Evening Sky” includes 12 tunes, balancing on improvisational forms, while mixing guitar and keyboard leads from Coenen and Boykov. Since we all know how great guitarist Marcel is, I would like to stress again the great talent of Sergey Boykov. I think it is quite hard to find a keyboard player that can deliver strong melodies that play a strong role in a song, without just “filling” some gaps.  The listener can enjoy his important role in songs like “Presence Of Mind”, “Silent Ages” (maybe my favorite tune from the album!),  “Red Horizon” (what an opening riff!) and “Afterthoughts”. I must also add that Jonas Tamas delivers additional guitar parts on the song entitled “Valley Of Rephain”, another brilliant instrumental tune that OSV are always able to make us enjoy. 

I know that it is hard for an instrumental band to produce a constant surplus of musical enjoyment, but OSV have the Midas touch! Another highly recommended instrumental album full of creativity and musical brilliance! For further details on how to order their new and previous efforts, visit cdBaby. Band's Facebook page
Dimitris Starakis