REVIEW: Boshetunmay - "Signal"

By Mike Ventarola

Chain Border

SignalThe Dercho Brothers, originally from Omsk, Siberia, Russia, immigrated to Germany from their homeland and followed their dream of creating music for the masses that would entertain and enlighten. Boshetunmay, the band name which has a variety of interpretations, remains rather cumbersome for any vernacular, in any language. Signal is the second entry into the music world from the Dercho brothers, which boasts influences of goth, electronic, synthpop and industrial metal crossover and was recorded in DDD format.

The first distressing thing upon listening to this work is that each song is sung in the same monotone pitch, lacking depth, passion and resonance to keep the listener even remotely interested. Initially, the vocal gender was in question as it could have been either a teenage male or a female who was crooning over the layered tracks. With proper vocal training, Harry Dercho would actually be able to make this vocal androgyny a profitable marketing element for himself. As it stands on this recording though, the vocals simply did not manage to pull off any great accomplishments, though the effort was there. The best track on the CD is Personifiziertes Silikon, sung in German, which also seemed to exude a bit more feeling in a lower vocal range that bordered on seductive and enticing. This begs the possibility that the English language may have been too daunting a task at this time in order to deliver a full recording to the English speaking world. Until the language and emotional elements are mastered, Boshetunmay might want to consider recording tracks in their primary languages of Russian or German. It isn't as if doing so would daunt fans of underground music in the slightest.

Musically, Witali Dercho penned some interesting tunes, which under the right auspices of a good producer and mixer could actually work as something marketable to the underground world. Each song delivered on the promise of being a little of everything that is popular in the gothic, industrial and synthpop genres. However, despite the DDD recording aspect, this work seemed to be missing the full dynamic range that envelops the listener and sounded as flat as an early CD pressing during the analogue age. Had this quality been tweaked and brought to the front, it is likely that Harry's vocal flaws could have been well hidden. Still, if given the choice between Harry's voice and Britney Spears, who can't sing to save her life, Harry would win without contest.

The brothers are to be given credit for attempting to cross the boundaries of the multifaceted genres and are also applauded for their attempt at some experimentation with the sound. Repeated listenings are nowhere near as painful as some of the American submissions that have crossed this desk over the last few months. In fact, with a few listens, despite the flaws, it can grow on you, but there are few chances that you will sing along to any remembered lyric.

The care and attention to the package design and cover work demonstrate that the Dercho brothers are willing to pay their dues and continue to strive to evolve into a better band. When one takes into consideration the cost of a DDD recording as well, one simply comes away from the release hoping that Boshetunmay heed the words of their reviewers so that their long awaited goals can at last be met. However, if the flaws that make this recording fall flat are not dealt with, their musical career could come to a screeching halt in short order.

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