Thursday, April 16, 2009

Review -- THE OLYMPIC SYMPHONIUM -- More In Sorrow Than In Anger

The Olympic Symphonium
When The Olympic Symphonium CD arrived, I sort of expected some sort of new wave, punk CD, just a feeling which came from the CD graphics.
More In Sorrow Than In Anger proved once again you can't judge a book by its cover.
This is simply mellow rock, with a near folk feel at times. Of course if you check out this trio's webpage at, that is exactly how they bill themselves too.
Made up of musicians Nick Cobham, Kyle Cunjak and Graeme Walker, The Olympic Symphonium has the roots feel of their native New Brunswick, infused with just enough rock verbs to make it transcend straight folk.
The trio has a relaxed approach to music, relying on music that has a nice relaxed rhythm, over which their smooth harmonies fit nicely.
The result is music that is perfect for that summer day relaxing on a blanket in the park.
Songs such as The Note take on a full sound, yet when the trio heads into the lyrics, the music is pared back, to allow the words to carry the song. Nicely done boys.
The CD is a follow-up release to their 2007 debut Chapter 1, and while not having heard that release, I can attest to the newest CD to be a very solid, relaxing, musical effort.
When you hear a song such as Side By Side you just want to allow the music to carry you away. It's like a sunny day with clouds across a blue sky, suddenly turned to music. I particularly like Blood From A Stone too.
This may not impress everyone, but taken for what is is, pop, with a little greater depth from the folk/roots background, which adds to the lyrical side of things, this CD is very solid.
Definitely one to look for.

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper March 25, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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