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Saturday, 4 October 2014

ARJUN - CORE Album Review





 
 
 
This three piece instrumental act from New York have put in a lot of effort to form their own unique sound by using elements of rock, jazz and experimentalism, and now they are back with their follow up to their trilogy "Space”, which was the first in a three-album trilogy, with the second ‘piece’ of the puzzle, “CORE” to untangle more creativity from the band..
 
Opening song, “Rocks” has a hopeful feel to it before sliding into a plethora of carefully constructed melodies and tones which help unravel a story solely through the use of clever instrumentation. You are left hanging on to every note that resonates out…
“Deep Impact” continues this notion and the drums stand out more here, complementing the bass beats and melodic guitar riffs, along with a superb solo which highlights Arun’s talents further.
Single “Core” changes dynamics, opening on a warped spacey experimental sound, then quickly transpires to a jazz blues vibe, infused with slick intricate melodies which help create a chilled sound with the help of jazz keyboard/organ player, John Medeski.
Starting out on mellow soft sounds, “Crystalline” then jumps into an upbeat jazz rock number which is superbly catchy, with memorable guitars and rhythms. “Lavalust” grabs you with a brilliant bass line intro and drum work which progresses in an unexpected manner. But not in a bad way, as it escalates into soulful changeable skilled instrumentation, making this one of the most unpredictable and developmental songs, all the while flowing wonderfully.
“Alchemy” contains ambient sounds which are created through riffs unfolding and guiding us along this musical journey – the title of this song is rather fitting for their sound, being an almost magical process of transformation and combination!
So we reach the end with, “Within You” the longest song, which features lower slower tones, with relaxed quiet atmospheric drums and bass to accompany, making it a perfect song to sit back and contemplate and lose yourself in whilst enjoying the joyful mix of sounds!
Anyone who truly appreciates good music can revel and escape in this masterful instrumental album! This second venture and recreation of their sound they have pulled off to a huge degree, doing what they hoped to achieve, by the instruments powerful structure and use of intelligible melodies to deliver a musical story which will stick with you long after!


Website: http://arjunmusic.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ARJUNmusiclive
Twitter: https://twitter.com/arjunmusic

Soundcloud link for “Core": Single: https://soundcloud.com/arjunmusic/core-featuring-john-medeski

Youtube link for "Core" Single: http://youtu.be/ESe_GIzt-MU?list=UUUTs7c_TOB1Gk62PPUsFDrQ

Free Download of Single "Crystalline": http://www.arjuncore.com

Buy album here: http://www.arjuncore.com/core

 

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