Gazpacho - Soyuz: Album Review
Soyuz is Gazpacho’s tenth album which seems amazing as the band rumble on under the radar producing their own definition of art rock for which their fans salivate over every release, each one with it’s own engaging concept. The songs on this album are about people frozen in time, each song interconnected in some way.
The opening track pretty much sets the scene for the whole album; Soyuz One is the dark story of the cosmonaut Komarov who went up into space in a doomed Russian space mission, taking part knowing full well that he was never going to return to earth alive, the extended Soyuz Out towards the end of the album continues the story.
There are lighter moments such as Hypomania which has a Muse feel to it and is probably the most instantly accessible track on the album. But this lightness is in limited supply as Sky Burial centres around the Tibetan funeral practice.
Overall, Soyuz draws you in as you listen to it; the band’s sound is distinctive without being overbearing. It is soulful and melancholic without any of the usual prog indulgences.
As you can probably tell this isn’t an album to be taken lightly. The music overall is carefully layered, it is deep, dark prog that needs to be absorbed and appreciated as it requires the full attention of the listener to appreciate it’s intensity – preferably in one sitting rather than cherry picking tracks.
This is an album that is likely to be looked back on as their defining moment – stirring, haunting and ambitious.