Burak Ozmucur’s October 2013 EP In Silence was described to me with a lot of slashes — e.g. “ambient slash progressive slash rock slash metal.” That’s a lot of genres to fit into one sentence and I’d say in a non-detrimental way that “ambient” and “rock” are the best descriptors. If there were a genre called “Trident Layers,” I’d put that in there too, because this New-Jersey-by-way-of-Turkey songwriter is all about ‘dem layers.
The three-song EP clocks in at about thirteen minutes, maintaining a calm, atmospheric feeling throughout. The vocal harmonies are a highlight, very reminiscent of Alice in Chains. Interplay between layered guitar tracks is also a main feature.
Ozmucur wrote and recorded all of In Silence himself, although he did send the songs to Versed Audio for mastering. His singular approach shows perhaps a bit too much, as all three songs begin with quiet guitar-only intros and build similarly from there. Also, the intros to “The Departure” and “The Clouds” are actually the same notes. (Could that be on purpose, though? Is that a progressive “full circle” thing I don’t know about?)
Overall, I’d give the EP a 5 out of 10. There were many good points and I’d be interested to see how Ozmucur has grown as a songwriter in the year and a half since its release.
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