Floex
Zorya


4.5
superb

Review

by osmark86 USER (1 Reviews)
September 10th, 2013 | 35 replies | 1,771 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The luscious textures of this piece, from the same mind that created the soundtrack to Machinarium, is nothing short of awe-inspiring.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Floex, the nom-de-plume of Tomáš Dvořák, is a writer sans pen and a painter sans brush. The compositions take you on a journey through lush sonic landscapes. Each note feels like playful canvas-strokes of a Monet leaving lasting impressions upon the listener. Much like the art movement itself Floex bends the conventions of music to his advantage juxtaposing jabs at jazz, eclectic electronics and classic music into a melting pot of melancholy marvel. Some music manages to tell a tale without the benefit of words. Floex achieves this with apparent ease on Zorya. The album is mostly instrumental but also feature some tracks with guest vocalists worked beautifully to fit into the arrangements.

Zorya begins with Ursa Major, a wistful piano-driven song carried to tremendous heights when it reaches its climatic ending and soaring synths pushes a hopeful, ascending melody towards the heavens. It employs a fractured beat with lo-fi cracks and reverberated sonar pulses that gradually builds momentum as the song staggers on. Ursa Major showcases Floex’ ability to produce a pretty piece that evokes emotion by inviting the listener along with him in his dynamic storytelling. After the listener is caught drifting among the clouds, the album picks up speed with Casanova. Jazzy brass solos dance above an upbeat 5/4 rhythm carried by pulsating and arpeggiated synths. When the peak is reached the song releases some tension only to end with a chaotic charge of noise and aggressive percussion leading into the mellow, contemplative piece that is, somewhat ironically, called Blow Up. It serves as an amiably timed break between Casanova and the somewhat similar-in-sound, art-pop chapter that is Precious Creature featuring guest vocalist James Rone crooning in a delicate tenor.

The listener is then introduced to a groovy number called Forget-me-not that employs soothing piano, brass and synths moving from a plucky partition into a free-flowing flush of swells before descending in a mélange of swaying female voices. This track is another highlight of the album and displays an impressive array of dynamics throughout its almost seven minutes long progression. Floex does not halt the momentum keeping it apace on the equally notable Veronika’s Dream, a beat-oriented jazzy track clothed in supple strings, nimble synth plucks and a gorgeous piano melody. As with the majority of the songs on Zorya the strength of these tracks lie in their vibrant variations of ebb and flow, to and fro. Just when a song seems to settle into a groove or set of movements, Floex fluidly stirs up the mix with new passages and instrumentation keeping the songs interesting while not compromising their basic intents and without it feeling forced.

Perlin Noise, a dark dreamscape, segues neatly into the glitchy yet-not-as-impressive Petr Parlao before moving on to the hauntingly beautiful Nel Blu. It starts off faint as a whisper, gradually allowing the lavish synths to widen and breath under the soothing voice of Musetta delivering a hypnotic performance in Italian. This song is another great example of Floex ability to remain accessible without yielding his ability to work with plush sounds to construct clever compositions.

The journey is almost over and Mecholup encapsulates this with a melancholic melody moving on into a pulsating drone, and finally, seduced into a nostalgic cello solo over an ambient cloak as the song slowly abandons its pace. Zorya ends with a naked piano piece called Zorya Polunochaya that appropriately marks the end of this adventure.

This album is an astounding piece of work that will find the listener unraveling more elements within each track with each listen while still being accessible from the first go. I would recommend this to all fans of music as I believe it is a great testament to creativity, beauty and skillful execution. It is not perfect as some tracks are a bit weaker than others, but overall not far from it. Allow Floex to invite you into his world of Zorya and be bedazzled.

Notable tracks:
Ursa Major
Forget-me-not
Veronika’s Dream
Nel Blu


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osmark86
September 10th 2013



3752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I feel like this needed a review so I got off my lazy ass and did the pleasure..

PunchforPunch
September 10th 2013



5836 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nice ozzy this sounds chill.













pos'd

Digging: Horna / Behexen - Split

osmark86
September 10th 2013



3752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thx mate. yeah, it's hella chill. check it out you will..

PunchforPunch
September 10th 2013



5836 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

just checked some songs on youtube and its great. gonna dl this shit

osmark86
September 10th 2013



3752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

excellent choice. for all you spotifiers: spotify:album:6Ed3AofNpF8OXD5BtgPUeR

Gyromania
September 10th 2013



15164 Comments


yes! a thousand times, yes!

i was just listening to this the other day thinking that it's a real shame that most of sputnik slept on this. i love the slow, meditative tempo of certain songs, like 'blow up' - it's in how he uses minimalism in such effective ways, it almost calls to mind some of hecker's more stripped-down stuff. and how he's able to construct epic songs that revolve around simple piano notes (ursa major)

excellent review btw

osmark86
September 10th 2013



3752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thank you gyro. I'll be seeing him in about 3 weeks at a small festival in Essen, Germany. Tim Hecker will be performing too so it'll be one helluva show. needless to say (though I will), I can't wait.

demigod!
September 10th 2013



43792 Comments


great review man. you showed me a few tracks from this and I dug 'em. got it dl'd so im gonna check soon.

Digging: Black Flag - My War

osmark86
September 10th 2013



3752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you won't be disappointed

oubli
September 10th 2013



67 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Love that album, I was thinking about doing a review on that, but you have done it better. Pos

Typhoner
September 10th 2013



789 Comments


This guy is a great producer/musician. I know him through his Hidden Orchestra collabs, checked this album out once and I liked it.

Digging: Inigo Kennedy - Vaudeville

zxlkho
September 10th 2013



3460 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah this is awesome. His new EP is pretty good as well.

treeqt.
September 10th 2013



8902 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ok

oubli
September 11th 2013



67 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I didnt knew he was from Hidden Orchestra, cool to know..

osmark86
September 11th 2013



3752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't think he's part of Hidden Orchestra is he? I'm sure he's collaborated with them though seeing as they're both on the same label, Denovali Records. Which by the way has one helluva roster. Check them out!

Typhoner
September 11th 2013



789 Comments


He collaborated on some tracks ("Flight" and "Hushed" on their second album features him playing clarinet and he co-wrote "Hushed") and did some remixes.

ethos
December 5th 2013



1743 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

first two tracks along with the last are aww

osmark86
December 5th 2013



3752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yes they are if by "aww" you mean ace

ethos
December 5th 2013



1743 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ace/amaze/wag/aww all can apply

there's a good amount of filler in here, seems like it was rushed cause this dude has some insane
musicianship on a fair amount of songs but idk i get the feeling that a few of them weren't as
thoroughly thought out when compared to others

gonna re-listen a few more times later maybe i'm missing something

this album's production and demeanor kinda reminds me of like a more sophisticated and ambient cousin
of jaga jazzist's what we must, undeniably original

osmark86
December 5th 2013



3752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't agree, I find the songs to be composed with a good amount of detail and there are tons of layers to every song. each to his own, but do give it another shot. in my books, it's definitely worth it.



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