Love It To Death reviews mesmerising post-rock outing ‘Always Believe’ by Zygmund de Somogyi

Zygmund de Somogyi is just one of those musicians. If he’s not writing music, he’s playing it. If he’s doing neither of those, he’s probably studying it. A man of eclectic taste, his influences have ranged from Architects to composers such as Yann Tiersen. Perhaps it was always obvious that Somogyi would gravitate towards post-rock, especially after composing two previous solo piano albums and recording two EP’s in punk band High Visions. In ‘Always Believe’, the rock meets the minimalist, creating a cathartic listen from start to finish.

Opener ‘Dusk.’ hit me the moment it started. It’s atmospheric and channels a feeling of emptiness, but remains hopeful. The lone keys are eventually joined by pounding drums that lead to an emotional climax, before we hit second track and second single ‘When Day Breaks’. A much more reserved piece, the light to the dark that was ‘Dusk.’, ‘When Day Breaks’ is a calming and satisfying listen, even when the chaotic guitars kick in.

‘The Alchemist’ is another more calming piece, while ‘Pen Ponds’ is the first of two eight minute epics on the record. Building from simple notes through to pounding drums and similarly crunching guitars, ‘Pen Ponds’ is more of a journey than simply a piece of music. ‘Murmur’ affects the listener in a similar way, immersing you completely in haunting sound. For atmosphere, this one is undoubtedly the highlight, ending in some strings over the chatter of a gathering.

‘The Doberman’ acts as a comedown in the same way ‘The Alchemist’ does. It’s almost romantic, stirring up images of lovers dancing cheek to cheek in its delivery, while lead single ‘Watercolour’ follows. This track carries a deep sadness for me, but its stunning.

There’s something enchanting about the title track. It makes you stop. I don’t want to type over it. No matter what musical preferences you hold, you must hear this. It could play over a hero’s death in a movie, or a reunion with a love lost, right up to its mesmeric, militaristic ending. However, nothing on this album really surpasses the eight-and-a-half minute epic that is penultimate track ‘Juno’. A brooding intro builds up slowly to an almighty crescendo, then rock and piano meld seamlessly to create an amazing listening experience. There’s some of the most powerful guitars on this one, but also some of the most intricate pianowork. Most tracks clocking in at eight minutes would feel overlong, but not this. It changes and varies and twists and turns. This is Somogyi at his best, showcasing the amazing talent and knowledge he has. ‘The Lighthouse’ effortlessly brings us into land after, softly closing the book and ending the story.

de Somogyi has created a journey in instrumentals as well as an album. Structurally, it’s perfect, each track challenging and complimenting the one before and the one to come after. There’ll always be preferences for any listener, and ‘Always Believe’ isn’t immune to that. But it’s true that, no matter what, nothing on this record is out of place. ‘Always Believe’ is an amazing album, through and through.

Watch the stunning ‘Watercolour’ music video HERE
‘Always Believe’ is available on August 30th

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