Yuri Gagarin
The Outskirts of Reality


4.0
excellent

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
February 1st, 2020 | 40 replies


Release Date: 01/31/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Cruising through cosmos at the speed of sound…

The space rock Swedes continue their cosmos exploration on their 3rd studio album at a faster pace, crafting some of their most intense dynamics yet. It’s interesting to observe their gradual evolution within the genre without losing that spark ignited from the eponymous debut. Dedicating a fair amount of time to nuance the sound and compositions, Yuri Gagarin have finally presented us The Outskirts of Reality, their latest set of piercing rockers. Opener ‘QSO’ wastes no time, throwing you at the spacecraft’s helm while at full throttle. The scorching guitars and manic drumming pummel for minutes on end, whereas the second guitar switches between fret-melting solos and catchy leads, closely followed by the smooth sweep of windy synthesizers. At some point, they all fall into a sweet, mellow coda, complete with gentle, intertwining chords. Meanwhile, ‘Oneironaut’ displays a groovier rhythm lifted straight out of early ‘70s hard rock records. It patiently waits for you to get hooked, before inserting layers of noisier keyboards and multiple, melodic string flourishes. The repetitive, mesmerizing nature of the music owes a great deal to Hawkwind’s (and Robert Calvert’s) style, albeit filtered through contemporary touches and other psychedelic/acid rock influences. Plus, you can observe a certain pattern on their records, as the band didn’t stray much from their well-established formulas. Nevertheless, they have worked to improve the delivery and punch, feeling tighter with each release.

Moving on, sharp guitar arrangements grace most of ‘Crystal Dunes’, still, the guys tone down for a nice, more subdued psychedelic segment halfway. This break makes room for a low end bass and tom-heavy drum build-up, but also for a needed tempo change. Then, as expected, you get a soaring return of distortion bonanza that, ultimately, gives way to the ‘Laboratory 1’ interlude. Moody sound scapes shape the tune, adding to the overall diversity. Shortly after, the title track bursts in with another round of furious riffage and wild solos, ending the journey in the same powerful way as it began. I can’t complain about it, because it’s fun and uplifting, thus, adding to the replay value. The band knows how much is enough for the listener in one setting and thankfully, don’t overstay their welcome. The Outskirts of Reality is probably Yuri Gagarin’s most focused adventure so far, fine-tuning their skills and chemistry as a group. If you enjoyed their music before, this latest LP will definitely find its way into your collection or playlists. At the moment, the quintet is one of the most accessible and interesting acts in this genre, so don’t miss out on them.





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Comments:Add a Comment 
insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
February 1st 2020


5150 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent album and awesome artwork as always.



Stream the album: http://yurigagarinswe.bandcamp.com/

'QSO' (video) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7WvmFGtnmQ

Digging: Bryan Ferry - Boys and Girls

Dimorphic
February 1st 2020


1308 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The speed of sound is ridiculously slow.



Other than that, cool review.

CosmicPie
February 1st 2020


2612 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent, sprawling vibes.

MotokoKusanagi
February 1st 2020


3227 Comments


totally forgot about these guys, good review. Center of all Infinity is dopeee

trilo
February 1st 2020


3351 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dope album

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Brinner
February 1st 2020


42 Comments


Nice! Didn't realise they had a new album out. Will jam it this weekend.

Divaman
February 1st 2020


5947 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

OK, I'm game.

Digging: Nightwish - HUMAN. :II: NATURE.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
February 2nd 2020


12767 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Been missing a fresh Raul review. Punchy review. Best put this on my 2020 to-listen-to list.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2020


5150 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man!

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
February 2nd 2020


12767 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Then, as expected, you get a soaring return of distortion bonanza that, ultimately, gives way to the ‘Laboratory 1’ interlude. "



Feeling this, also props for dropping "bonanza" in a review haha.

Pho3nix
February 2nd 2020


894 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thank you for the review, need to check this!

Digging: Alice in Chains - Alice in Chains

kmagnum1x
February 2nd 2020


450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

love it they added a lot more atmosphere to this one

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2020


5150 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha, yeah, bonanza is a cool word lol, couldn't help it.

LunaticSoul
February 2nd 2020


1416 Comments


cooool

Space Jester
February 2nd 2020


8841 Comments


Rolling around at the speed of sound

Got places to go got to follow my rainbow

rc239
February 3rd 2020


297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

really love this band



also, bonanza (∞)

Asura14
February 3rd 2020


352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Great review, pumped for this



Intro track is a banger

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Dunpeal
February 4th 2020


4408 Comments


yeee this is pretty good so far

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
February 4th 2020


20562 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Knew this was an insomniac review even before clicking on the album ;)

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Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
February 4th 2020


20562 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

wow that first track...



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