CD REVIEW: Yaron - "The Big Boom"
By: Cyrus Rhodes
Artist: Yaron Cohen
CD: The Big Boom
Label: Outstanding Music
Genre: Tecno, Chill Out, Dub, Electronica, Industrial
Sounds Like: Art of Noise, Crystal Method, Kraftwek
Technical Grade: 6/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 7/10
Weakness: Winded Songs, Busy Production, Overly Robotic & Synthetic rhythms & grooves
Southern California’s own Yaron Cohen release his latest CD entitled
“The Big Boom” in 2009. This
music combines a fascinating blend of "Retronica” vibe with a vivid
array of colorful melodies, beats & soundscapes that gets it's
musical foundation from the everything from electronica, chill, dub
out to even classic industrial.
Logging in at just over 40 minutes in length the CD kicks things off with “Insanity” an intro piece that sets the stage rather appropriately for this catalogue of music. This first piece explodes in your ears quite like a lemon would explode in your mouth. It has pulsating rhythms, against pulsating moog bass against a grand mosaic of exotic soundscapes & melodies. Track 2 entitled “Follow Your Light” serves up a steady bass driven vibe against pulsating melody & vocal layering that can be described as captivating, mesmerizing & infectious. Track 3 “Extaza” explodes into a kaleidoscope of sound with everything from solo guitar, to pulsating keyboard & synthesizer accents, & exotic layers of sound that come at you from all directions. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical textures reminiscent of classic Euro techno meshed with electronica & dub out/ chill type musical textures with perhaps a splash of Industrial. The music is extremely melodic but definitely brings to the table a lot of musical variety & alot of musical variety & a degree of unpredictability. You never really know what waiting for you around the next corner on this CD. It crosses so many musical boundaries & offers everything from electronica, jazz, rock, to chill-dub out, to even trance, & classic industrial. It definitely offers a lot of musical variety, & is listening experience that is highly original. Yaron also brings to the table a wide range of instrumentation. You will notice rich musical textures overflowing everywhere - from sizzling guitar pyrotechnics, driving electronic drums & percussive grooves to exotic saxophone, strings, piano, horns, & pulsating bass meshed with synthesizers & keyboard accents. The tehcho overdubbing is packed to the hilt, & is chopped full of exotic soundscapes that lunge at you from every direction. There's not a dull moment on the entire production. The melodic layering is deep, the low end grooves are infectious, & the music is from another galaxy. From sinister “Mama” to seductive “Diamond” to powerful “Big Boom” to captivating “Renewal” to dynamic “New Beginning” & Hitaloot” to grooving “MIstra Demaya” & “You Want To” this CD pretty much has something for just about everyone.
Sometimes it's the notes you don't play that make you the composer you are. At the end of the day it's “The Big BooM” is one of the busiest productions I've ever heard. If Yaron was an interior decorator she would no doubt stick a painting on every square inch of the wall. Sometimes a blank wall is appropriate, not requiring a panting stuck there. Some of the bass grooves & drum rhythms sound extremely robotic & overly synthetic. It’s fair to say this CD doesn't possess serious bottom end punch & lack variety & creativity in that regard. All songs over 4 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line.
From start to finish “The Big Boom” is one of the most diverse musical experiences I’ve ever encountered this year. It’s extremely consistent, original, & very melodic. It’s strength - its amazing originality, rich sonic layering, & unique musical personality. I give Yaron a lot of credit for boldly trying to reach the world with his unique musical signature. Make no bones about it Yaron is a talented composer. When the ride is over you will be dazzled by it’s originality, overwhelmed by it’s mystery, & mesmerized by it’s amazing diversity.
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