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Album Review

Eyot: 557799

Read "557799" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


557799 is the fifth album from Serbian jazz fusion quartet EYOT since its debut, Horizon, was released in 2011. It follows on from 2017's Innate (produced by Steve Albini in Chicago) and builds on that album's mix of prog, hard rock and jazz. But this time composer and pianist Dejan Ilijic draws on Balkan myths and traditions, composers such as John Williams and Bruckner, and Sting's album The Soul Cages. The result is another impressive, often beautiful and always intriguing ...

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Album Review

Eyot: Innate

Read "Innate" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


The drama of prog, the heft of rock and the subtleties of the jazz quartet all combine on Innate, the fourth album from Serbian quartet Eyot. This time round, the group has decamped to Chicago for recording purposes. Courtesy of big-name engineer/producer Steve Albini Innate benefits from excellent sound quality, which enhances the drama of much of the music. The seven tunes are all written and arranged by the band, led by pianist Dejan Ilijic. Eyot has the ...

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Album Review

Eyot: Similarity

Read "Similarity" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Atmosphere. That oft-indefinable feel that music can have, the creation of a mood or a sensation that inveigles itself into a listener's mind and captures the imagination. It's not melody, harmony or rhythm but it needs all three. Eyot--a four-piece from Serbia--has a great line in atmosphere, ably demonstrated on the band's third album, Similarity. Album opener “How Shall The Dust Storm Start" perfectly encapsulates Eyot's atmospheric approach--the rhythm crafted by bassist Marko Stojiljkovic and drummer Milos Vojvodic ...

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Eyot: Drifters

Read "Drifters" reviewed by Ian Patterson


It's every serious group's desire to craft an identifiable, and as far as possible, a unique sound whereby just a few notes leave little doubt about who's playing. Serbian quartet Eyot achieved that with its splendid debut, Horizon (Ninety and Nine Records,2011), where minimalism and power went hand-in-hand in an intoxicating mix of jazz, art-rock, classical and Balkan folk melodies. Pianist Dejan Ilijic's compositions were defined by the layering and interweaving of rhythms and motifs, all but eschewing solos in ...

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Album Review

EYOT: Horizon

Read "Horizon" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Formed in 2008 by pianist and composer Dejan Ilijic, EYOT creates a distinctive and rather beautiful sound based on a mix of jazz, prog rock and contemporary classical influences. The Serbian quartet's debut, Horizon, recorded in November 2009, is a collection of nine Ilijic tunes, showcasing his sparse and surprisingly delicate approach to composition. The band is adept at building each tune gradually, layering sounds on top of each other with restraint and creating real tensions. Often ...


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