Born in Istanbul, Turkey but now currently residing in NJ, USA, BURAK OZMUCUR’s birth name doubles as the moniker for his creative and sonic output. A Distant Light is his 6th release overall and things certainly feel and sound like a realized progression from his beginnings in 2010.
The four song ep prominently features polished vocals which intervolve against a surging, moderately gothic influenced blanket of sound. BURAK OZMUCUR supplicates a broad mixture of KATATONIA meets OCEANSIZE esque melodicisms. There seems to be an understated attention to detail which permeates throughout the aural proceedings which make up A Distant Light.
The introductory composition and title track is an exposition of subdued and woozy intertwining vocals. The aesthetic deployed by Layne Staley comes to mind; more specifically his successor William Duvall. BURAK OZMUCUR supplements this existing approach with his measured and deliberate melodic passages.
“The Illusion” represents the 3/4 mark of A Distant Light and finds BURAK OZMUCUR incorporating elements of present day groove guitar motifs to great effect. It’s not unlike if ALICE IN CHAINS were to collaborate with TESSERACT. The arrangements are memorable yet immediate.
Album finale “Expectations” pulsates with an understated weight amid it’s multi layered passages. BURAK OZMUCUR has clearly utilized the experience of crafting his first 5 releases to great effect and it shows on A Distant Light.
Release Date: September 24, 2016
Favorite Tracks: “A Distant Light”, “Expectations”
For Fans Of: Alice in Chains, Oceansize, Katatonia, Porcupine Tree