‘Hoverhill’ from Dan Yurkofsky - voyaging through folk-rock, ambient, new age music(November 04, 2014)
Listening to the genre-mix that reveals through ‘Hoverhill’ from singer, songwriter and composer Dan Yurkofsky you’re exposed to a voyaging through folk-rock, ambient, new age music. The meandering directions of these songs reflect a range of sensations from meditative to explorative. Combining a wide spacious feel with eccentric unearthly wandering, the songs keep their genesis secret, their point of contact locked deeply within intensely private observations, which sometimes conceals their influence and inspiration.
The album opens with ‘Wyoming’ a contemplative musing look at the world, given expressive life by Melissa Stylianou’s echoing vocals. It’s followed by a haunting collection of observations and reminiscences from the road-trip outing of ‘Walking’, the personal recollections of ‘Where Rivers Meet’, a reflection on time and distance in ‘The Time Zone’ to the longing of ‘Home’. The melancholy vocals combined with a faintly despondent impression make this less than easy listening. Sometimes albums demand the listener be in the right mind set to receive the messages - this is one of them, and to be honest despite its depth and flashes of what might be coupled with a desire to understand, I found a level of obscurity that blocked so much of its meaning.
With Dan Yurkofsky (voice, acoustic and electric guitars, keyboard, synthesisers) ‘Hoverhill’ are Anna Dagmar (electric and acoustic piano) Noah Hoffeld (cello) Melissa Stylianou (lead vocal on ‘Wyoming’ and harmony vocals) David Yurkofsky (violin) and Matt Turk (acoustic guitars).
Reviewer: Charlie Elland