BOLUS - Triangulates

Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Prog | Heft: Jahrgang 2013, eclipsed Nr. 152 / 7-8-2013 | VÖ-Jahr: 2013 | Wertung: 8/10 | Label: Eigenvertrieb | Autor: AS

With "Triangulate" Nick Karch (voc, guit, b, keyb) and Mat Keselman (dr, voc) express that Bolus has become a trio with the third album: The new one is Daniel Avner, who sings and plays guitar and bass. But he also seems to have mixed a lot with the songwriting, because the record sounds different than the two predecessors. The retro-prog influences (Genesis) that have dominated the current work to date have largely given way to a contemporary prog, which mostly shows itself in its US variant. "Downtown Core" is the best example of this, the nine-minute piece transforms itself from an atmospheric acoustic prog ballad into the finest psychedelic alternative. Moreover, the Canadians now also have balladesk-dreamy moments to marvel at, most expressively in the slightly folky "The Study Of Madness", electro-pop in the cuddly "Revise" and spherically balladesque in "Spurs". For this the Rush echoes are reduced to "Triangulate". The moderate reinvention - including partly outstanding harmony vocals - makes Bolus sound not only more contemporary, but also more independent.

Top Track: Downtown Core

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