CD REVIEW: Elad Zabinski - Moving to Wonderland
by: Cyrus Rhodes
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-
Artist/Band: Elad Zabinski
Moving to Wonderland
Genre: Psychedelic Rock, Alternative Rock, Progressive Rock, Epic Rock
Sounds Like: Pink Floyd, David Bowie, John Lennon, They Might be Giants, Steve De Berg, Matthew Sweet, Neil Young, Ryan Adams
Weakness: Winded Songs, Dated Sound, No Barcode
(Tel Aviv, Israel) Elad Zabinski just released his latest 12 track collection of songs in 2014 entitled “Moving to Wonderland.” An eclectic mix of songs from the heart featuring an acoustic based blend of rock hooks, thoughtful lyrics and rich harmonies. This album is a unique journey through Elad's eyes sharing his stories, with captivating lyrics and unique yet simple melodies.
The CD gently takes to flight with melodic title track. This song serves up methodical intro, dynamic musical ambience against mesmerizing vocal flow, hypnotic strings and rock steady rhythm that gently leads you by the hand down the path of psychedelic musical indulgence. Track 2 “Vagabond” shifts gears a bit with its methodical intro and brilliant musical build, inviting progressive-rock feel and heartfelt vocals from Zabinski. Track 3 “Quarter to Love” is a progressive piece that is full of musical peaks and valleys, impressive piano that flow and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. By track 4 this CD hits solid stride delivering many impressive songs back to back. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of a classic Pink Floyd, David Bowie however I can even hear brief flashes of The Beatles, They Might be Giants” and even a dash of Steve De Berg. I would classify this music as trippy Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Rock with a fun and eccentric Psychedelic, Indie Progressive Rock flair UK style. I can also hear some dub-experimental music with classic remnants of Poppy Alternative Rock. The CD at times presents brilliant peak and valley flow via a strong artistic perspective. Besides the four piece standard you will also notice rich layers of Piano, sporadic percussion, orchestral touches, solo guitar, rhythm guitar, organ, lush harmonies, low end beats, and enticing harmonies and melodies all built on a thick as a brick rhythmic foundation. Zabinski showcases impressive singing and songwriting skills throughout. Kudos goes out the mind-blowing musical landscape painted along the way by Zabinski. His vocal touch and compositions are pretty solid across the board. Zabinski is clearly letting it all hang out in an impassioned way with this release. All production aspects check out. CD possesses solid low end punch and crystal clear high end clarity. Zabinski has an effective baritone, falsetto and all harmonies are effective and well placed. At times his voice reminds me of John Lennon, Greg Lake, Roger Waters and even Steve De Berg. From hypnotic Underwater, to heartfelt “Jaime is a Superstar” to inviting “Nothing is yet Undone” to striking “Time” to epic “Transitory” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 12 “I Know” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber. Kudos goes out to the impressive artwork within the 14 page foldout making for an imperative visual presentation.
Some aspects of the production sound a bit dated reminiscent of music popular 20+ years ago. Zabinski should look to somehow modernize his sound a bit without compromising his musical foundation. All songs over 4 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. There is no barcode anywhere on the package indicating to me a retail non-compatibility.
“Moving to Wonderland” by Elad Zabinski is a fascinating, compelling, uplifting, melodic, and therapeutic musical journey. This DIY composer, producer, musician is making waves for himself for a reason. Its strong suit is its amazing songwriters touch and song for song musical flow. There isn't a weak song on this entire 12 Track set. Zabinski gets high marks from me for delivering an epic thought provoking, psychedelic classic rock package - nice touch. The music is diverse, somewhat striking, cathartic, fascinating and very and entertaining. The songwriting – all consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair and signature groove. This CD will be a real joy for those listeners out there who want an epic rock musical experience to fill their atmosphere. This extend play format will appeal to Progressive Rock fans the most. I recommend you just hit play, close your eyes and see where the journey takes you.