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MKRV

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Review by Gary Hill

This is a Russian duo, and they play some pretty great music. Overall, this lands in the indie-pop end of the world, but there is enough variety here to keep it interesting throughout. There really are no weak points. This is often dreamy, but always catchy. It’s also quite strong.

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Track by Track Review
All This Time
Acoustic guitar based, this is folky modern pop music. A more powered up section gets some almost country guitar soloing over the top.
We Were So Close
Although still acoustic based, this is less folky. It has more of a dream pop vibe to it. As it gets more powered up there are some hints of country music again.
Your Way Back Home
The folk music element is gone here. So is the country. This is energized and potent. It’s very much a dreamy pop song. It has some hints of The Beatles, but only small ones.
On the Road
This is even more of a dramatic rocker. It has some mellow moments, though. It definitely has that dreamy quality to it. It’s almost modern progressive rock in some ways, too, though.
Leave Me Alone
As good as everything to this point has been, this is even stronger. It’s got a dreamy and soaring quality. It’s modern and yet seems to have a timeless quality, too. Modern pop music and prog are both merged on this.
A Couple Of Sparrows
This instrumental is mellow and sparse. It’s basically just little bits of acoustic guitar amongst sound effects and textures.
Never Look Back
More of a mellow, folk-like sound is back on the first part of this song. It gets more powered up as it continues, though.
Warmth Around You
We’re back into the dreamy kind of atmospheric pop rock that’s been featured frequently here. This gets energetic and works quite well.
Just Keep Your Eyes Closed
While there are no big changes here, this is a catchy and entertaining piece that fits well on the disc.
Wish I Knew
Slower and mellower, this is another dreamy tune. It doesn’t change a lot during its run, but when it’s this nice, it doesn’t really matter.
You Are

Jazz, folk and country seem to merge on this alternative pop tune. It’s bouncy and fun.


 
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