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Esthema: The Hereness and Nowness of Things

Self proclaimed World Fusion ensemble Esthema out of Boston return with their second album, the Hereness and Nowness of Things, which follows on from a favourable response to their 2007 debut Apart From The Rest. The title of their debut certainly proves accurate as this is an outfit that can seamlessly blend the sounds of the Far East and Eastern Europe with more contemporary Western rock influences and also finds space for more than a passing nod to the prog bands of yesteryear. This is a vibrant and colourful collection that frequently changes direction but stops well short of self-indulgence and is held together by some inspired playing from the musicians and in particular the steady rhythm section of bassist Ignacio Long and drummer Bruno Esrubilsky. Evocatve and dramtic throughout, the guitar flourishes of Andy Milas regularly interchange with violin, oud and bouzouki with "A Place to Rest" and "On and On" being notable high points.

An entirely instrumental effort, the Hereness and Nowness of Things will satisfy those who are seeking something that little bit different that transcends boundaries and has melody, originality and spark.

Track Listing
1. Change of Seasons
2. Eastern Dance
3. A Place to Rest
4. Arrythmia
5. Forward Motion
6. Four Colours
7. Illusion of Truth
8. On and On

Added: February 26th 2010
Reviewer: Dean Pedley
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 3055
Language: english

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