[Review] Yuval Ron – Somewhere in This Universe, Somebody Hits a Drum (ft. Marco Minnemann)

Yuval Ron is music artist, composer and record producer, dedicated to both Metal and Rock with Jazzy influences. He has collaborated over the years with several top-level artists, having released technically very elaborate albums, finally choosing the more Jazz path between the two. On October 3, 2019 was released “Somewhere in This Universe, Somebody Hits a Drum“, credited to Yuval Ron feat. Marco Minnemann, well-known Progressive music drummer. Available in Digital and CD, the disc contains 6 medium-long duration tracks, promoted by Wrong Notes Music. The opening track is the title track “Somewhere in This Universe, Somebody Hits a Drum” which begins with a guitar arpeggio and vocal layers on which Minnemann‘s rolls on drums are inserted. The intensity increases with the passing of the minutes, with the addition of keyboards and the sound textures that thicken and become more elaborate. Yuval‘s guitar comes into play with an intricate virtuoso solo that intertwines the keyboards with technique and quality. The tempo changes are continuous and one of the strengths, and with the return to the initial theme the song closes, a promising beginning that immediately plunges us into the sound atmosphere of the album. “Gravitational Lensing” begins with a powerful drum and pompous intricate and tight Fusion-style melodies, where the intertwining of guitar and keyboards guide the sound. The guitar as always offers a frenetic and technically high level solo, displaying Yuval‘s great virtuoso skills, supported by highly technical musicians who create a complex and ever-changing rhythm session and layers of keyboards that fit together precisely. Layers of atmospheric keyboards characterize the intro of “Kuiper Belt,” on which dark melodies are inserted with a soft rhythmic session. It seems to float in space with this track, where the synth is a great protagonist, leaving space for the guitar in the second part of the song. Less hectic than the previous ones, but still very elaborate at times intricate, another technical test that shows excellent cohesion between the instruments. “WiFi in Emerald City” starts with distorted guitar and stronger sounds than the previous ones, returning with a tight and frenetic rhythmic session. The artist’s Metal and Prog reminiscences blend together giving life to a Heavy track with Jazzy hues and constant tempo changes as in the Progressive. The guitar offers an always excellent performance, with virtuous but never intrusive inserts, indeed complementary to each other. In the finale it darkens, closing with an elaborate melody on the distorted guitar and a frenetic drum. “The Discovery of Phoebe” is the longest track on the album, and begins with a sweet guitar arpeggio and a light layer of keyboards. With a more delicate rhythmic session and softer melodies, it is however always very well articulated, with the guitar protagonist with a very long solo that guides us for the entire duration of the piece. In the second part with a sudden change we enter a section, the final one, with distorted guitar and the increase in intensity that pushes the sound on more Heavy terrain, another good track. Closes the album “I Believe in Astronauts,” another long-lasting track, touching the 10 minutes, which returns to a more Fusion style as in the opening pieces. Very tight and intricate, with the guitar taking the stage, guiding the sound with a virtuoso solo, which however leaves room for the interventions in turn of the other instruments. In the second part with a change they give us a section in Frank Zappa style to end the album in style. Technique, sophisticated but never snooty phrasing, constant tempo changes and constantly evolving tracks, these are the characteristics I found in this album. In addition, the virtuosity of guitar and keyboard, as well as the rhythmic structures that see bass and drum work on intricate structures, are never heavy and ends in themselves. An album recommended to all lovers of more Jazzy sounds, almost Fusion, but still of a Progressive matrix with some more Heavy guitar inserts, creating a high level sound ensemble. A confirmation for this artist, to whom first level musicians are always added, giving life to interesting collaborations and well-made albums.

Tracklist

1. Somewhere in This Universe, Somebody Hits a Drum (07:11)
2. Gravitational Lensing (06:43)
3. Kuiper Belt (08:28)
4. WiFi in Emerald City (09:44)
5. The Discovery of Phoebe (09:58)
6. I Believe in Astronauts (09:50)

Lineup

Yuval Ron / Electric Guitar, Vocals 
Matt Paull / Keyboards 
Roberto Badoglio / Bass 
Marco Minnemann / Drums 

With
Dorin Mandelbaum / Additional Vocals (5)

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Author: Jacopo Vigezzi

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