Gurt Hulshof Review of Synemotion by Oh. on DPRP Dutch Progressive Rock Page
by on November 12, 2015 in reviews

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In Issue 2015-082
Published: Thursday 12 November 2015
Gurt Hulshof reviewed the album “Synemotion” and gave it 8 out of 10.

OH. – Synemotion

OH. - Synemotion
Country of Origin:Greece
Year of Release:2015
Time:37:35
Links:Info
Track List:
Run Away (3:05), Rumpus (3:18), Subterfuge (3:54), Elegy (4:01), Deception (3:51), Reception (4:21), World of Warcraft (3:43), Beckoning (3:33), Synemotion (3:55), Synemotion (instr) (3:54)

OH., or Olivia Hadjiioannou, is a multi-instrumentalist musician and composer from Athens, Greece, where this album was recorded. It says on her Bandcamp page that she also lives in the USA.

Synemotion is a solo album in the true sense of the word. All music was written, composed and played by Olivia. It is not all that often we get to see (hear) a one woman band.

The music on Synemotion is of the heavier kind in prog. Progmetal would be a suitable word for the style. As OH. states, Synemotion is a journey through our emotions, divided into nine different tracks. For the most part, this is an instrumental album, with just one track having words added. Had I not have known better, I would have sworn OH. was a full band, where at least the instruments were played by different people.

Producing an album in a studio is of course different from playing it on stage. In the studio all instruments are recorded separately and the mixing and mastering does the rest. In my humble opinion this has been done marvellously well on Synemotion. I hear a great stereo sound and the instrumentation is very well arranged.

The length of the tracks is not spectacular; from just over three minutes to under five. Still the music is very entertaining. Olivia has been giving her best shot to compose the songs. Track one is a song that could well have been done by Joe Satriani if it were not that Satriani normally has more melodic lines.

Musically one could easily say that the music is thirteen in a dozen, but there is something to it that grabs your attention. I have been spinning the album for a while now and however it may seem, it has been a tremendous job to put any conclusions into a review. The music grabs me, and on the other side I say to myself that I haven’t heard that before.

Olivia sure is a good musician and arranger. I really enjoyed this album from beginning to the end. The title track appears on the album twice, once as an instrumental and once with vocals. The lyrics for Synemotion have been written and spoke by Olivia in a sensual sounding voice, which suits the music very well.

All in all this is a very well made album, maybe a little short but that is made up for in the package as a double vinyl album. For all lovers and enthusiasts of guitar virtuosity, Olivia has made an album of international allure in heavy prog rock instrumentals. She plays rough, loud, peaceful and tranquil, but most of all she is a good musician who has already developed her own style.

Conclusion:

Gert Hulshof: 8 out of 10

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