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Posted December 29, 2022 by Mike Mineo in Albums & EPs
 
 

Dan Szyller – ‘The Celestial Immigrant’

A stellar rock album encompassing alternative and prog-rock appeal, The Celestial Immigrant is the debut full-length from Dan Szyller, a Brazilian musician based in France. The album title refers to Szyller’s travels as an immigrant; he has resided in countries like the United States and Israel, following an upbringing inspired by acts like Iron Maiden, The Doors, and King Crimson.

The opening title track is enjoyably indicative of Szyller’s ambitious, evolving songwriting. Nocturnal guitar twangs complement vocals referencing “distant voices,” and “strange sadness,” — with rousing guitar-laden escalation converging with laments of familiar comforts being far away. A dynamic, eerie twist around the two-minute mark shows further range, with twangy guitars leading to a satiating “fly my child,” vocal signal toward further expansion.

“Summer Kiss” is another standout, touting a greater immediacy and melodic sharpness with some modern post-punk tinges, a la Interpol. The rising vocals and anthemic guitar pulses craft a hooky, replay-inducing engrossment past the one-minute turn, with the title-referencing lyric bringing forth exotic and seductive guitar layers. The tonally diverse prog-rock fervency of “King’s Hall” also entrances, with these tracks representing just a handful of highlights on the satisfying The Celestial Immigrant.

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“Summer Kiss” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 2022’ Spotify playlist.


Mike Mineo

 
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