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Sun, Daisies, Violets
Imagine spending a night in some scary woods where monsters are nearby. Well, actually we all are spending a long night in such a forest. And imagine how the sun's slowly starting to shine, how it's slowly raising up to the morning. You see the sings of morning sun, you see how it's getting up. But you still remember it is not day yet and the monsters are still nearby, but you have the strong urge and power to stay calm and not to fall - because you have hope. The suffering will end once, we just have to be strong and that is the main theme of this album. It is about the evil that is around and it is pointing at this menace and is telling you not to close your eyes. It is about the good, telling you that it will come and it will come soon and just in time.
"Back in 2012 Milan T. Jr started his one-man project Pyrrhura and he has released a numbers of album since then. Last year when Sean Dennison reviewed In the Middle of the Forest he described it as a unique, eclectic album in which as he used words like baroque and tribalism to describe the album. After listening to both In the Middle of the Forest and his latest Off the big road it can be said it is many ways feels like an extension.
Pyrrhura has an original style that is hard to define but for the sake of simplicity the music often sounds what Sunset Rubdown might compose if they were less of an indie rock band and wrote music for plays There is an abundance of instrumentation but the music itself feels spacious giving it plenty of room to breathe. You find atmospheric pads, piano, electronic drums, strings and more. The music and mood itself can best be explained by looking at the album cover. There is mysterious often, ominous feeling that you get when listening to the music. It may not be for everyone but it certainly feels original.
The album begins with a sparse song called "Cloud of Thoughts," which sounds as if something you would hear at a young child's piano recital. I'm not sure how much irony was put into this song but it often feels like that especially when he exaggerates his voice. There is an appealing quality to the song that is hard to pinpoint.
"Waiting Room" is a haunting, atmospheric piece that would be perfect for a contemporary take on a story like Hansel and Gretel. Towards the end of the song drums entered into the music, which I felt were a bit too prominent.
"Spring is Coming" is the first introduction to strings and is really a two-part song. The first couple of minutes revolve around vocals, guitar and some loose percussion that dissipates and resurges as a more festive but sloppy sounding congregation of instruments. "Lake" is a long acoustic piece while "Keep It On Mind" is a somber instrumental piece that sounds like something you heard on Twin Peaks.
Overall, there are a lot of odd but enjoyable moments on this album. Check it out and see if this is up your alley."
- Ted Rogen
"First of all, no I don't know how to pronounce the band's name, and second of all, it's a genus of parrots in the Arini tribe according to Wikipedia. Pyrrhura is a folk act out of Slovakia, so it has that "not made in America or Canada" thing going on that almost guarantees some hardcore fans. But, like every act from a country I forget exists, it's important to ask yourself do I enjoy this because of where it's from or because it's just that good?
Milan T., Jr., the brainchild behind this collection of rustic, acoustic-based music, has most definitely got the chops and organizational skills to put him at the forefront of folk artists who approach music with a lo-fi aesthetic. Most of the songs on his EP In the middle of the forest sound like they were recorded in an attic (actually, they were recorded at Milan T.'s house as well as in a classroom) and feature a bunch of weird little synthesized sound effects, often accompanied by piano, drums, guitar and other percussive instruments. Because of the sparseness of sound space and the simplicity of the compositions and the trembling vocals of Milan T., the album conveys a very personal journey from musician to listener. "Wonderland" features in-and-out your ear synthesizer lines that border on dub while Milan T. recites bizarre poetry like "big river will rush into the sea/and the flowers will be big as they used to be/gotta be resolute if I want to see." The qualities of his lyrics aren't the greatest, but they do have that creative freedom I enjoy hearing. Many of the imagery seems to stem from free-form association, though it isn't surprising; Milan T. freely admits on the Bandcamp page that dreams, fears, delights and worries influenced the album.
Going off that, the music assumes many forms, from the baroque (the piano-driven "Ocean of blogs), tribalism (the creepy "Allow") and of course the verdant (the soothing "Trees with no leaves"). The album's closer "Trees with many leaves" is a muted festival, with graceful violin and skittish piano-playing ending the musical journey as Milan T. whispers, from behind a moving wall of electronics, "How I wish to be in a forest now" and the closing notes are so quiet, so sad, you wish you could join him.
Minimalistic folktronica seems to be a tough sell nowadays. Audiences who wish for a more dynamic, louder sound will be disappointed, though that leaves more room for the rest of us to bask in the earthy swirls Pyrrhura generates. Sometimes that's all you really want to do."
- Sean Dennison