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Baris Dai – Ambient Conditions, Pt. 2

Baris Dai
Ambient Conditions, Pt. 2
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 12 January 2023, 9:40 AM

From Bandcamp, “Baris Dai is an independent musician based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. As a versatile guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, he writes music with an instrumental storytelling approach, primarily in progressive metal genre.” The album has the songs. “When Nature Wakes Up” is the first. It’s a pretty, calm, and soothing sound. The mellow lead guitar fills in the melodies quite well, and the bass notes help to solidify the bottom end of the song. “Vivid Green and Birds Singing” is a bit faster, opening with melodic leads and some aggressive rhythms. It grows a little darker from there, with heavy accents in the rhythms, but opens back up again with smooth, satisfying tones. The bass gets involved again, showing a rough and muscular approach.

“The Rebirth is Complete” closes the short, three-track album. It’s a calm and easy guitar sound, with light leads overtop steady, quiet rhythms. Like Satch, Baris can make his leads sing, to the point that you can translate the guitar notes to vocal notes, and create a vivid picture in your mind of what is going on while the song plays. Overall, I just wish the album was a bit longer. One thing that Baris does very well is sacrificing the skill he obviously has with the guitar, counterbalancing that with the development of melody. We have all heard players flex their muscles, and he can do that, but he prefers to let the melody on the album shine. I am excited to see what he has up his sleeve next.

Songwriting: 8
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 8
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1. When Nature Wakes Up
2. Vivid Green and Birds Singing
3. The Rebirth is Complete
Baris Dai – Everything
Record Label: Independent


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