The music for the first album of Russian instrumental quartet Bosch's With You in 2004, was originally intended to be a solo project for guitarist and founder Dima T. Pilot. However the story goes that Dima and his co-conspirators at the time, took their music onstage, got great reviews in and around their native country and haven't looked back since issuing their debut Bird and Fishes that same year. Fast forward to almost four years later and the band, which now consists of Pilot (guitars, samples, piano), A.B. (guitars) as well as Karl and Bad_C on drums, have released what is perhaps their most ambitious album yet with the 1st in a trilogy entitled Dreams That Come A Thing.
Much like the majority of the bands previous material, Dreams That Come A Thing succeeds primarily due to its slow, deliberate pace and effective use of building tension. These lengthy compositions take their sweet time to unravel in full as the twin guitars intertwine perfectly, creating a very rich and profound tapestry of sound. Another highlight throughout is the effective but subtle piano work which along with the odd sample here and there, really goes a long way in developing the wonderful sonic nuances. Interesting that the band utilizes not one but two drummers, as most of the percussion on these tracks is not only minimal, but is also mixed well beneath the other instruments as if to highlight it's secondary role within the overall sound.
The disc is centered on the three episodes that comprise the title track, which clocks in at just over thirty four minutes. Like its title implies each of these episodes flows naturally into one another delicately drawing the listener into a feeling of being in some sort of imaginary dream. The music has a very distinct old school ambient vibe to it at times, which is almost on par with some of Eno's early sonic explorations. The second half of Dreams That Come A Thing is comprised of a two song suite entitled "Hoarforst". The first episode is a very short and graceful acoustic introduction while the guitar work on the second episode starts out being significantly heavier than anything else on the album before morphing into a mixture of jagged guitar and quieter almost drone like passages.
To pigeonhole or call Bosch's With You experimental or avant-garde ultimately doesn't do the music justice because the music on Dreams That Come A Thing will ultimately speak to listeners that possess an open mind, and who are willing to invest an hour of their time to really listen to the music. The rewards offered are certainly worth it in the end.
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2) episode #1 (Dreams that come a thing)
3) episode #2 (Dreams that come a thing)
4) episode #3 (Dreams that come a thing)
5) episode #1 (hoarfrost)
6) episode #2 (hoarfrost)