MUDDY – 'Hopeland' (2020)20 April 2020
- Лейбъл: Black Dolphin Records
- Издаден: 2020
- Aвтор: Ивайло Александров
Lately we often talk with Muddy's George Hranov about music. Whether because of the isolation or just being tossed in the same direction but just as fans we discuss favorite albums by bands and artists who rarely have anything in common except that we both like them. King Crimson with Adrian Belew, Jane's Addiction during the 90's, Eyehategod, Red Sparrowes, Upyr… And, strangely or not, George will be the first to raise his hand and point out these bands as a serious part of the influences in the music on 'Hopeland' – the debut album by Muddy. "And we got some things from the Beastie Boys as well," he adds.
Jazz musician Petar Momchev is sending tracks like ‘You Still Believe in Mirrors’ and ‘Improvise to Mesmerize’ to another galaxy. The acoustic guitar and harmonica in ‘Sands and Grandpa’ were entrusted to Delyan Karaivanov from Obsidian Sea (ex-Center, Murder of Crows, Upyr) and Martin Petrov of the webzine Rawk'n'Roll, respectively. Former Muddy drummer Mitko Nikolov returns on xylophone in ‘Suck Me If You Can’, and we hear D2 and Panican Whyasker bassist Alexander Obretenov in ‘Far Away Stabbing’.
Even the grandfather of Georgi Hranov, who bears the same name, plays a dvoyanka in ‘Under Deaf Sea’. And instead of a chaotic cacophony, you get one of the most interesting, organic and meaningful albums to come out in Bulgaria lately.
Whether from this sonic mud it will be born the new wolrd - purified, frightened and strip-naked like in the movie 'Begotten' it is to be seen. Alright, probably not but 'Hopeland' is the album that the Bulgarian underground was expecting for a long time, and it came out bigger and edgier than we dared to hope. Hope?
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