REVIEW: Unsaid by Yulia Musayelyan

Having released her debut album as a bandleader over ten years ago, Yulia Musayelyan’s new album is a relfection on how far she has developed as a musician.

Filled with diversity, charm and delicacy, flutist and composer Yulia Musayelyan has created a beautifully fluid album that reflects her skills well.

Having last released an album over a decade ago, it certainly feels like an album that is reflecting her growth as a musician over the years – particularly felt when you listen to tracks such as ‘Finding Ana’ or ‘Numbers’ that have a real confident vibe about them.

It is also evident that she has been inspired by a huge number of influences that run right through this delicate but playful album, with tracks including ‘ Na Vultitse’ and ‘Tamzara’ feeling slightly more experimental and bold in style. There is always something that makes the listener sit up and really pay attention as well as being aware of the strength of the bond between Musayelyan and her band conveying the joy of them performing together.

Every piece is filled with diversity and elegance, with ‘Catch-22’ and ‘Unsaid’ being the tracks that stand out the most in this regard. There is always a hint of playfulness in the performances that really capture the depth of the music, exploring different elements of the composition, highlighting the intelligence and understanding of all those involved with the making of this album.

Throughout it all, Musayelyan’s music and style is consistently soothing to listen to, changing mood and tone with ease ensuring the album remains completely fluid that it is a surprise when it comes to an end.

Overall, it is an extremely thoughtful, reflective but also playful album that captures her love of music and performing with her band. Let’s hope its not another ten years before we hear another album from her.

By Emma Clarendon

Unsaid is released on NextLevel on June 19th, 2020.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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