Cobat has some nine releases and this is his latest. He’s from Novosibirsk, Russia, and has been making electronically infused progressive rock since the late ‘90s but really got into the swing of things when the internet started to become more of an asset for musicians around the world to get their sounds heard. Years later he had his sophomore release, Those Who Dare Truly Live. On top of it Cobat also has his 2017 single, “Night Intruder.” Written about a night in which an actual intruder tried to get inside his home. Thankfully all that resulted was this piece of music. Ann being new to Cobat I can only say this is what I would call a standard release if he has any. What I can’t say is much more about the artist, so I’ll describe Those Who Dare To Truly Live from one end of the picture to the last, as it is an instrumental album which makes it a challenge. “Euphoria I” isn’t even a lot to be left to describe other than the prelude to “Euphoria II” which only the same can be said about, except for it being the much better track. This is progressive rock, so that fits right into the picture so far. “Euphoria III” does the business in seeing that through. These are all satisfying.

Then the “Bad Trip” takes over with some horn effects and a mid-section what changes up nice and easy like to take the rest out with a relaxing vibe. It’s a very calming piece of ear candy, rather than anything that would suggest a bad trip of any kind. “Dreaming In The Clouds” is even better. This is the best track to my ears. I listened many times and so will you. It has an improvised factor about it which is the best thing you can say about a piece of music. It’s worth washing all over you, rinsing and repeating several times before you want to move on. It’s an easy listening masterpiece.

Such is not the case for “Cold Crystals” but what it lacks in layers it makes up for in simplicity. Instead you are paced through what is one of the least inspiring tracks. But it doesn’t knock off any of the consistently because it’s only at one point, and after it’s all over you will not dismiss this piano based song. You also will not dismiss one of the better ones either, because “The 7th Heaven” is where some guitar chops come out and bring in a whole different approach to the disc. The guitar playing is actually-colossal, with a flamenco flare to it that spices it up, down and all around. You feel the culture by now and it’s real.

“Sadness” takes it down but it works so well you don’t care. The guitars cuts through this like a knife and it’s a good thing there’s more where the former track came from. This is a slinky slice of pie to sweeten up the following and more exciting “Dare” but it’s not exactly the albums finest cup of brew. It’s a mixed bag that keeps a solid beat but the piano riff rags on. They repair this with “Fusion” and final cut “2080” though, and that’s just how it all hit me. It might hit anyone differently but get hit by it. I’ll be hearing more Cobat because I heard this, which means I’m glad I did.


Mike Tabor