CD REVIEW: Sergey Rybytskyy - New Vista
By: Cyrus Rhodes
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Ambient, Chill, Dub, Alternative Techno
Sounds Like: Trans Siberian Orchestra, Savatage, Mannheim Steamroller
Technical Grade: 7/10
Weakness: Genera Identity Crisis, Winded Songs, Marketability
Composer Sergey Rybytskyy releases his latest CD entitled New Vista in 2011. Rybytskyy originally hails from Dimitrov (UK)
The CD gently lifts off with “Prelude” a classical intro piece that serves up inviting strings, well placed percussive accents against a grand mosaic or orchestral elements that make a great first impression. This first piece is quite dynamic and flows and ebbs its way though to emotional fruition. Track 2 “New Vista” radically shifts gears with its driving rock rhythm, hooky guitar driven grove against mesmerizing industrial-type melody. Track 4 “JVP” presents a kaleidoscope of musical imagery featuring infectious rhythm, melodic solo guitar ambience painted against dynamic walls of melody. Track 5 “Weariness” serves up a methodical groove against hypnotic keyboard and synthesizer accents built upon a smooth as silk rhythmic foundation. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear classic elements of Electronica, Ambient, Ambient Jazz, Orchestral, Classical, Chill-out, Dub Hard Rock, and even Techno-Pop. You will also notice lush layers musical instrumentation layered everywhere from impressive percussive accents, to effective beats and rhythms, to pulsating moog and bass segments, to psychedelic guitars, slamming keyboard and guitar solos, synthesizer, flowing strings and dynamic theatrical movements layered along the way. The music itself is extremely unique, highly original and not easy to pin down. The soundscapes are interesting, infectious and hypnotic, and for the record I might add Rybytskyy is a very capable musician. The musical landscape is quite dynamic, highly original and even unpredictable in scope. The CD has some truly impressive moments on it showcasing an impressive songwriting craft. From dynamic “Chameleon” to all the heartfelt Minuet suites, to rocking “Profound” and “Deliverance” to slow moving “Waltz” this CD has someth9ng for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 12 “Minuet f-moll” the perfect finale piece for a catalogue like this.
The CD itself suffers from a mild case of genera identity crisis. At the end of the day Rybytskyy spreads himself way to thin across so many musical styles it sounds more like a compilation CD showcasing different artists rather than one artist. It features Classical, Ambient, Ambient Jazz, Electronica, Rock, Hard Rock, Fusion, Industrial Rock, Orchestral, Chill, Dub, Techno - I could go on. I recommend Rybytskyy keep his sound more in the fairway and zero in on one specific signature sound rather than cover such a a widespread musical landscape. As a result the listening experience is somewhat confusing and challenging. It’s also fair to say some songs sound a bit dated and all pieces over 4 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. I fully realize this is a subjective art form but many of the aforementioned issues do affect the CD's overall marketability.
Overall this release from Sergey Rybytskyy has some very impressive moments indeed. New Vista is a very dynamic and fascinating catalogue of music. The music is highly original and not so easily pinned down during the first go around. Its strong suit is the amazing musical depth, impressive musicianship and impressive theatrical quality. The musical textures are compelling and full of variety. Rybytskyy clearly displays some brilliant creativity here and an enormous amount of talent was required to write these songs. New Vista is definitely a dynamic and progressive musical statement that offers a lot of musical variety via vivid sound and brilliant creative energy.