We’re heading somewhere different this time around, leaving all of that intensity of guitar riffs and drums behind and focusing on the solo work of High Visions vocalist and guitarist, Zygmund De Somogyi as he explores his piano talents in such a diverse way. It’s easy to label catchy music as masterpieces, but it isn’t until you’ve heard the Van Gogh of instrumentals do you really feel every aspect of the meaning behind masterpiece fits. Terminals is the first produced album that Somogyi has released under his own name, and moreso another view of his diverse talents. First track ‘Sleeping In Airports’ is only the start of changing emotions with every note. It’s a strange feeling to hear music that genuinely feels empowering; not through words, or by the tone of voice but through the notes of a piano with fluctuating tempos changing like a season – slowly, and then all at once.
Based in Leeds, Somogyi is a pianist and composer who draws inspiration from minimalism, contemporary classic works, film and video game OST’s to create an extraordinary experience that really grips the attention of listeners. Somogyi shows a huge amount of passion and dedication for his creative outlets, with influences ranging from Romantic and Impressionist piano composures, mentioning names such as Ludovico Einaudi and the Korean composer Yiruma.
Whether or not you have a desired preference of music, Terminals is most certainly something that should be explored and listened to. In Somogyi’s case, his talents are more than in front of a jumping, hectic crowd but also in a place of complete silentium with only his piano to fill each corner of the room with eyes glaring back as they go through the emotions that he does as he plays. It promotes relaxation and enjoyment in the simplest of forms, and in a way, a gentle nudge to forget about how fast the world is moving around you, or the unread messages on your phone and unopened emails you keep promising yourself you’d get back to. ‘Terminals’ feels like a reminder to breathe, and fully enjoy what’s around you; to take in your surroundings and appreciate what’s there.
There are moments, of course, that genuinely tug at the heart. Fourth track, ‘It’s Always Midnight Somewhere’ is one of them, bringing a sort of melancholy along with it. One of the biggest appeals to Terminals is how it literally lets your mind run into its own imagination and experience things that you normally wouldn’t. There’s a thousand different scenarios that your imagination can place your body into, and Terminals allows us to do that through the art of music. And it truly is art, in the purest form.
For me, it has a very winter feel. Snowflakes falling lightly to the ground outside, while you sit next to the window sipping a warm drink as the orange flames of a fire fills the room with the smell of burning wood and light. It’s almost a throwback to earlier times, in which I’ve never experienced, but can imagine myself doing so. At times, there’s moments of placing yourself into a classy bar, waiting for someone to turn up and sip a glass of wine as you discuss life until the early hours. Especially in ‘Raindance’ you can see yourself with a cigarette dangling out of your fingers until you take the long walk home, scuffing your feet through the snow and almost smelling the Christmas spirit in the air, to release that your home is completely empty this year. As I said, tear jerking, right?
Terminals isn’t an album that needs a review, or even much of an introduction. It’s to simply be enjoyed in a moment of sedentary relaxation, where you can close your eyes and be taken to different worlds with the use of your imagination. It’s available on most platforms, including Spotify and Soundcloud, and if you’re a person that’s willing to explore then I highly suggest checking it out. You can share the love with Zygmund De Somogyi by visiting his official site and streaming his music from Spotify or BandCamp.