After a few listens my imaginative powers went to work, thinking of a possible correlation if superstar prog rock vocalist Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) recorded an album with Pink Floyd. With these memorably slow to mid-tempo pieces, the artists occasionally conjure notions of Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon era, coupled with Vladimir Agafonkin’s profound vocals. Not to draw comparisons, although it may assist with iterating the band’s stylization. Moreover, Obiymy Doschu’s harmonious works all feature hummable themes and it’s not a unit that delves into tireless soloing escapades, other than guitarist Aleksey Katruk’ warm, animated or scorching extended note lines that often cut through or emphasize the respective themes.
The eleven compositions, sang in Ukrainian, are thoughtfully arranged, treated with faint doses of reverb to augment the detailed soundstage. No doubt, replay value is high as the program holds its weight on repeated listens. Along with spacey guitar textures, gentle percussion grooves and quietly soaring motifs, the core sextet and guests project a musical aura that transforms into a robust presence and expansive soundscape, abetted by Agafonkin’s dreamy, forceful and wistful choruses.
On the album’s second number “Kryla” — what translates to ‘wings’ — Katruk’s sustain driven guitar riffing is coordinated with a steady buildup segueing into the gorgeous “Razom” (Together), shaded by keyboardist Yevhen Dubrovyk’s deft phrasings on a piano atop drummer Yaroslav Gladilin’s rumbling patterns. They raise the pitch, yet the background atmospherics add depth, culminated by the string section. “Temna Rika” (The Dark River), clocking at just over 11 minutes, brings almost an Opethian atmosphere, offering one of the most dynamic pieces on the record. The ensemble wind-ups the proceedings with a simple ballad “Kimnata” (The Room) that evolves into blossoming rock motif. Other than the musicians commendable and meticulously crafted performances, it’s largely about the qualitative sum of the parts, fabricated on standout compositions that illustrate the group’s mark of excellence.
It has to be mentioned that the production work on “Son” is courtesy of Bruce Soord and Steve Kitch, who did a masterful job in bringing clarity to such a layered release.
“Son” is a strong statement from the band which puts together stylistically different elements with an ease on top of a splendid performance by everyone involved.