Tuesday 13 February 2018
Birzer Bandana - Of Course It Must Be (2018)
The second album from this British project.
Birzer Bandana is Dave Bandana from Salander on mellotron, piano, synths, organ, bass, drums, programming, guitars and vocals.
He has got help from four guest musicians who provided acoustic guitars, spoken words, mellotron and violins.
I reviewed their 2017 debut album Becoming One back in September last year and found it OK. I noted it was a debut album. In other words, Birzer Bandana was not a finished article or a settled matter. There was room for improvements. You can read that review here.
Birzer Bandana plays a modern form of neo-prog. Dave Bandana's vocals is distorted and there is a lot of mellotron here. New music meets old music.
The music is pretty much pastoral without much guitar riffs in the prog metal vein. There is a lot of moods and ambience here. The mood is melancholic and a bit sad.
The songs are most definate an improvement on their 2017 album Becoming One. The band has actually done what I suspected. They have solidified and found their style. They have also written better songs.
The end result is a very good album indeed. An album I think most of you will really like. Check it out.