There’s guitar rock, there’s synth rock, and then there is what happens when you mix the two. Aurganic, with the delicacy of a spider, pull threads together, but never forget to add a dash of everything that inspires them — whether it’s jazz, pop-punk, or experimental electronic. Aurganic’s Distant Echoes & Close Encounters is proof that magic can be made when you follow what inspires you.
Aurganic is comprised of Leo Pisaq and Michael Kossov, who each take on a handful of roles, from engineering to guitars to keys. Pisaq and Kossov were high school friends who lost touch, but then reconnected years later to find that they still had similar taste and ideas about music. It is the success of this relationship that leads to the structure of many of the tracks on Distant Echoes and Close Encounters. Often, the tracks seem to start with one thread and then expand, pulling together more and more and leaving you with a grand interweaving of instruments. Just take the lullaby-like opening of “Porcelain” and compare it to the guitar-jam end. Or the way the hook opens “Shaman”, and works to wrap you in the many layers until you are inside something entirely new.
The duo define their sound as experimental, and in many ways they are. A playfulness comes in with the pitch and key shifts that spice up heavier tracks like “Levitate”, and in the way electronic beats permeate what at first appears to be guitar rock — but the real pushing of boundaries comes when they include jazz in their sound, and incidentally, this is when they are at their strongest. “Invincible (In The Shadows)” and “Close Encounters” find a piano line that brings the size down and lets the smooth side of Aurganic wash over you. It is these softer moments that have a sense of magic to them.
There is no doubt that there is a technical brilliance to Distant Echoes & Close Encounters, and if you are a fan of the way sounds come together to fill a space, or the way effects can be used to make a track sound like there are three guitars bouncing off each other (“Signs” is a prime example), then look no further than Aurganic. This is an album for the particularizers, and for those who enjoy a good, soaring hook.