CD REVIEW: Ian C. Bouras - Two Sides to Every Sunset
by: Cyrus Rhodes
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-
Ian C. Bouras
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Ambient Jazz, Chill, Electronic, Atmospheric Jam -Sphere
Sounds Like: Digby Jones, Canis, Oakman, Bhangralution, The Man Behind C, Flipside
Technical Grade: 10/10
Weakness: A few winded songs, more pure solo segments, no release date, short sided
(NEW YORK) Ian Charles Bouras is a guitarist and producer from New York City. Ian was nominated by Billboard Magazine to be among the top songwriters in 2004 and 2005 for his work with AñaVañA. Since receiving his audio engineering degree, Ian has produced, mixed, and played guitar and bass on records in all genres from rock to spoken word, and is now working as a freelance audio engineer. Ian's newest release, "Two Sides To Every Sunset", displays Ian's unique mix of reggae with Spanish guitars, and electronica. With the addition of 3 reconstructed tracks, it also shows his ability to remix songs. Ian is continuing work as an engineer on several projects to be released throughout 2015, including a DVD, and is in pre-production for his next solo offering.
The CD slowly blasts off with "‘The Light That Swims In the Darkness (A Bird’s Tale)" a delightful ambient intro piece that serves up hypnotic rhythms, with pulsating bass, Reggae type rhythms painted against a colorful canvass of music from guitar. Horn section, and grooving Bass. Track 2 “This Lonely Life (A Farewell to Love)" presents a kaleidoscope of soothing sound featuring dynamic rhythm, and vivid melodic imagery that flows and ebbs its way through fruition. By track 2 you realize Ian Bouras may be on to something very creative and sonically special here as these recordings are diamonds in the rough – insofar as Production Value. Track 3 “Regarding Volution” shifts gears a bit with its methodical intro, rock steady beat against mesmerizing keyboard and synthesizer accents with intoxicating walls of sound that come at you from every which direction. Music reminds me a bit of of Digby Jones, Canis, Oakman, Bhangralution, Moby, and The Man Behind C, Flipside. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear so many elements of Ambient Jazz, Electronic, Chill, Dub rhythms painted against a clever canvass of exotic sound effects. You will also notice lush layers musical instrumentation layered everywhere from low end beats and rhythms, to pulsating moog and bass segments, to ambient synthesizer and keyboard accents layered along the way. CD has an almost Latin, Caribbean, Spanich-Reggae aftertaste to it. You will also notice Keyboards, Electric Piano, Strings, Orchestral accents, Horn Sections, sporadic Percussive accents, sonic sound effects, electronic beats and sporadic percussive accents, exotic phased guitar ambience and miscellaneous sampling layered within the music. I especially like how some drums segments push the envelope hard at times and how the music just sort of flows across the ears in a masterful way. The writing, playing, and producers touch Bouras brings to the table in this regard is brilliant and very entertaining. He is an amazing Engineer, composer and guitarist. The songs themselves are extremely unique, highly original, and in itself a brilliantly clever. The sound-scapes are interesting, infectious, hypnotic, and sonically enticing. The grooves and rhythms are methodical and well placed and the ambient accents are well placed and flow and ebb extremely well song for song. The CD has some truly impressive "peak and valley" moments on it showcasing an impressive songwriting craft. This CD has something for just about everyone. It’s definitely a dynamic and progressive musical statement that offers a lot of musical variety and vivid sound imagery that push the envelope. From dynamic “Regarding Volution” to hypnotic “This Lonely Life” (A Farewell to Love) this CD has something for just about everyone. CD ends with Track 6: “Regarding Volution – Reconstruction” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
I wish there were more pure solo segments throughout the CD. There is no release date anywhere on the package. All songs over 4 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line, but do so in a very natural way as if running their natural course – never really feeling to winded. CD is a bit short with just 6 tracks, and most are variation to 3 primary pieces. .
Overall this release from Ian Bouras “Two Sides to Every Sunset” is quite amazing. Make no bones about it – this CD took some time to craft and piece together. The Engineering aspects are off the charts. A guy like Bouras obviously has a lot of expertise behind the glass and has much in the way of amazing potential as a composer/producer. He is a lucrative Music Licensing deal waiting to happen, and these are "high-end" recordings that poses a lot of depth and tonal variety. Equally as impressive are the hypnotic dance grooves and arsenal of electronic rhythms and beats that come with the territory. This format will also appeal to those who enjoy Ambient Jazz, Chill type music to fill their sonic atmosphere. Bouras sort of a triple threat musically. The CD works best for those who want musical ambience to fill their sonic space. I found the listening experience quite refreshing, highly original and unique. It fills the space peacefully and unobtrusively. It flows extremely well song for song and note for note.