Kolibrí is the solo project of Ryan Og, who is an Irish musician currently based in Brighton, England. This solo artist began his work in 2016 through the release of his debut EP, entitled Eulogies. If you like what you hear, you might be interested to know that Kolibrí is currently in the process of writing a debut album and Og has live shows planned in the future. Those of you in the UK should keep your eyes peeled for this one.
Eulogies is an inspiring three-track EP. The first track “Dream Theatre” opens the EP with, as promised, a dreamy display of color. A splattering of atmospheric guitar overlays a well-paced, gentle drum beat. The smooth guitar chugs its way quietly across the well-forged canvas of sonic noise, as beautifully-placed and perfectly-chosen piano notes seep into the background of the abyss; the gorgeous wall of sound. This is truly the perfect opening to an intriguing and unique album. For a first effort, from a brand new artist, this is incredibly cohesive. It is hard to believe that Og could be so adept when it comes to matters of production, mastering and mixing, given that he has been working on the EP for such a short amount of time.
The ethereal evolves and deepens on the title track of this beautiful EP. “Eulogies” really delves into the idea of a wall of sound, punctuated by elements of the shoegaze genre and tempered drumming. Flickers of guitar, once again, add some color to the dreamy and heart-soothing atmosphere that Og has created here. Rapid strumming and frantic noise has never sounded as peaceful as it does on this track.
“Headcase” is the closer. Taking hold of his music’s shoegaze roots this time, much more than he does the ethereal side of things, Og comes out with the punchy beat and clean, strummed guitar rhythms prevalent within this genre - most notably amongst bands such as Smashing Pumpkins. Fuzzy, distorted, electric guitar chugs its way into the track and Og’s vocals take a real shining spot here. Soothing, atmospheric and gentle; they blend into the song, remaining clear, while never overshadowing any of the other elements of the song.
All in all, Og has conquered what he set out to conquer combining elements of shoegaze and rock tastefully into the mix. It may be a short EP, but it is the perfect length for what it intends to be.
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