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Ian C. Bouras CD: Pieces of the Past

Label: SDMP Records

Website: https://www.reverbnation.com/iancbouras

Genre: Electronica, Epic-Ambient, Chill-Dub, Electro-Classical-Theatrical

Sounds Like: The Higher Intelligence Agency, Geir Jenssen, Deathprod, Biospere, The Fires of Ork, Deaf Center, Global Communication, Tetsu Inoue

Weakness: More solo segments, Short Sided CD, Vocal Instrument

Final Score: 8/10 Stars

 CD REVIEW: 

(NEW YORK) From the East coast to the West coast, one of the industry’s most intriguing ambient artists is back again to capture the ears and hearts of electronic-chill music fans everywhere with his brand new 7 Track CD entitled “Pieces of the Past” 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.

The CD gently blasts off with “Everything You’ve Always Wanted” a gentile intro piece that serves up melodic exuberance, painted against hypnotic guitar and inviting music flow. This enticing prelude showcases the depth Bouras has not only as a Guitarist, Arranger, Composer, but as an Engineer as well. This lead off track delivers a colorful “introduction” of music via vivid sound-scapes that come at you from every which direction from sweeping strings to melodic guitar, flute and synthesizer accents along the way. Track 2 “In Mysterious Ways” presents a kaleidoscope of colorful sound featuring dynamic rhythms, and vivid melody and Saxophone/Guitar tandems that that flow and ebbs its way through fruition. By track 2 you realize Bouras may be on to something extraordinary here as these recordings are comparable to musical gems or diamonds. Track 3 “The Inevitability of Loss” pushes you gently along with its pulsating vibe, against almost Spanish style acoustic guitar with hypnotic walls of sound that lead you down the path or musical indulgence. I especially like the amazing finale ending of this third piece. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear musical comparables to: The Higher Intelligence Agency, Geir Jenssen, Deathprod, Biospere, The Fires of Ork, Deaf Center, Global Communication, and Tetsu Inoue. What’s more I can hear so many elements of Chill, Dub, Electronica Epic-Ambient-Theatrical painted against a highly creative and original sonic layering. I can even hear traces of Ambient Jazz, New Age and Neo Classical woven within the fabric of these songs. You will also notice lush layers musical instrumentation layered everywhere from low end beats, thick swirling, pulsating moog bass and rhythms, to pulsating moog and bass segments, to ambient synthesizer and keyboard accents, flute, guitar, bass, horns layered along the way. You will also notice keyboards, percussive accents and exotic phased sampling layered in the music. The songs themselves are extremely unique, highly original, melodic and in a word – brilliant and fascinating statements. All piece s are interesting, infectious, yet emotionally genuine. All engineering aspects check out. CD possess thick low end punch and crystal clear high end clarity. The grooves and rhythms are thick and the ambient accents are well placed and flow and ebb extremely well song for song. Most songs follow the extend play Progressive music format. The CD also provides ample musical peak and valley as well creating a suspenseful, yet emotional ride nonetheless. The CD has some truly impressive moments on it showcasing an impressive songwriting core craft.  It’s definitely a dynamic and progressive musical statement that will make many within the Ambient musical ranks extremely happy.  From melodic “The Fear of Being Hurt” to striking “No One Like You” to mesmerizing” The Heart Wants What The Heart Wants (But Can Never Have) this CD has something for just about everyone. CD ends with Track 7 “No One Like You (Chill Out Mix), the perfect finale statement for a release of this caliber.

It’s hard to find any noticeable weakness within this catalog. I did wish I heard more “pure” solo segments within the catalog either from Guitar, Electric Piano, Horns, Trumpet, Piano, etc. This would spice up the sound a bit. CD is a bit short with 7 track, and “No One Like You” on their twice. Perhaps 2-3 more tracks are needed. Bouras should also experiment around with Sonic Vocal Instrument touches here and there within his music.

Overall this latest installment from Ian C. Bouras entitled “Pieces of the Past” is quite exhilarating. Make no bones about it – this epic CD took some time to craft and piece together and offers much in the way of sonic layering and methodical melodies. Like Bouras it has much potential in the sense that the Ambient Chill crowd will die over it, but equally as impressive are the low end rhythms and beats that come with the musical territory. This will also appeal to those who enjoy Techno, and BPM, Dub/House-type music. All production strokes by Bouras – brilliant. All of the above makes Ian C. Bouras a triple threat in my mind. As a musical force he has no weakness. 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. Ian C. Bouras once again proves he is a force to be reckoned with if he can incorporate some upgrades into his overall sound.

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Cyrus Rhodes