Giyo is 25 year old Guy Olly, an experimental guitarist taking brave forays into the realms of downtempo and trip-hop styles of production.
Giyo hasn’t been extensively promoted as an artist, and previously released an EP and an album, respectively in 2012 and 2013. This album –Tons Of Sky – is his second full-length album release on intelligent and prolific Bulgarian web-label Dusted Wax Kingdom (ed: check out the link, these guys are great, so much stuff!).
As this music isn’t exactly my forte to review, as it relies more on instrumentation rather than standard electronic production, I can’t really go too much into depth in its construction here, as I’ll look dismal in my knowledge. I’ll try my best to cover the essentials anyhow.
His combination of piano, woodwinds, homemade instruments, field recordings and electronics evokes atmospheres that are subtle, and don’t rely on blatantly fixing more generic settings of mood. All songs are open to emotional interpretation which can be listened to in-depth or provide a great aural canvas in a cafe.
Well worth a listen to those who dig their relaxation music and love it when more classically-styled musicians try their hands at production. Tons Of Sky is pulled off with exotic class, and I’m now interested to listen to more of what this talented musician has to offer.
This is an example of what happens when great musicians open themselves to the realms of electronic possibilities. Tons Of Sky has that for days, relax and soar with it.
4 out of 5 Haarp Strings.
Written by Kristian Hatton.