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Solkyri: No House

Solkyri are a Sydney, Australian based, three member band, made up of Adam Mostek, on guitars and piano, Andrew Pearsall, on bass and synth, and Nicholas Hall on drums, percussion, piano, and guitar. No House is their debut release.

This is an excellent debut EP of ambient sounds and textures. The production on this EP is perfect to the point where each note can be heard at its finest. I've added this band to my watch list.

"Zee Germans" opens this debut EP with cool, echo and radiating guitar riffs, piano and trumpet, before slowing into a spacey/dream like synth and guitar trance.

A slow soft spacey bass and keys sound opens "Court A", which is one of the best tracks with Rachel Waisel's flute added at just the perfect moment. The piano, drums and guitar work are also impressive.

"This Can't Wait" opens with soft bass, chimes and keys. The guitars and drums add volume and create an almost 'bagpipes across Scotland' effect, before the soaring guitars and synths take the momentum even higher.

Beautiful piano opens "Strangers" quietly, before the lead electric joins in with chimes. Waisel's flute is back and it sounds perfect, mixed with the cello that joins the soundscape. The piano work is wonderful and all of the instruments that build this wall of sound make this another of the best tracks on the album. The drums and guitar work are so intricate and unique and pick up the pace as the song reaches its climax. This is the longest track and every note can be cherished on this well produced and sonically clear album.

"Young Man You Will Die of this Company" is an interesting title giving the listener a peek into the origins of this piece. The chimes and guitar that open the song are unexpected but brilliant. Then the bass and drums bring volume, before the tuba is added to the mix. Interesting instrument to add along with the blaring trumpet. Gives the entire song an anthemic quality, while keeping it grounded. The marching drums and chimes take us out.

Beautiful piano and slow electric guitar opens my favorite track, "Slowly We Take Steps (Astronaut)". You can almost feel the sensation of taking those first steps with the synths that surround the soundscape to take this one over the top.

An excellent debut EP.

Track Listing

  1. Zee Germans
  2. Court-A
  3. This Can't Wait
  4. Strangers
  5. Young Man You Will Die of this Company
  6. Slowly We Take Steps (Astronaut)

Added: June 1st 2011
Reviewer: Mark Johnson
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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Solkyri: No House
Posted by Jon Neudorf, SoT Staff Writer on 2011-06-01 01:25:44
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Sydney, Australia's Solkyri are a three piece outfit consisting of Adam Mostek, Andrew Pearsall and Nick Hall. No House is their debut EP and an excellent album it is. Solkyri formed in 2006 but finding other information on the band has proved to be difficult. Their music can be categorized as post rock with ambient elements and progressive undertones. The melodies are excellent throughout making this an easy album to listen to. The band uses plenty of electronic sounds and atmospheric effects that adds to the album's ambient nature. The songs often build slowly, gaining intensity as the guitar riffs acquire more bite and the rhythms more crunch.

The album begins with "Zee Germans", laden with atmospheric effects and as wisps of sparse piano chords take hold images of Pink Floyd come to mind. It is a moody piece and the added trumpet is a nice touch. "Court-A" starts with ambient effects and gently sweeping keyboards before the song slowly builds and the crunching riffs carry the melody. The riffs suddenly stop and spacious piano notes enter the fray offering a nice contrast of styles.

Other highlights include the melodic "This Can't Wait!" loaded with infectious guitar grooves and the moody "Young Man, You Will Die Of This Company" having another great guitar melody and a surprising Big Country feel.

Solkyri have produced an excellent debut EP with No House. Anyone interested in the more melodic side of the post rock genre should really check them out. I for one cannot wait to hear what they will do with a full length release. Let's hope it comes sooner rather than later.

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