New York indie artist Yuzima has been experimenting.
And today (March 13th) marks the release of his grandest project yet -- the EP-length album Sound Opera Project One -- "A rock opera dedicated to sound."
Yuzima has been writing, jamming and mastering his own records for several years. He has been all over New York, gathering experience and acclaim. His influences wander from Beetoven through Miles Davis and into U2. He has now condensed it all into this minimalist, electro-pop, late-night-trippin sound of a 20-minute song.
Every drum hit is bathed in rich, clean sound. Voices wail in on the breeze and chant themselves into nothing. Try listening to this stuff in the dark without looking over your shoulder. It's simple, but effective.
The musician himself explains, "When the Opera starts you hear sounds that you’ve never heard before - we all like that - but as the opera goes on it transitions into beautiful piano and traditional sounds. And the two dance with each other - the old and the new."
* The Jam Room awards this 3.75 strings. Good mastery of computer effects, keys and vocals. It is so simple that, at times, it almost passes into simplicity -- but having this kind of space where a mind can wander is rare. I'll be looking for Sound Opera Project Two. *
Sound Opera Project One is available for streaming and download at Yuzima.com .