Exposé Online banner

Andrija Pejovic — Chameleon
(Bucan Pas no#, 2015, DL)

by Jon Davis, Published 2016-05-22

Chameleon Cover art

The guitar is the dominant instrument in modern music, so there’s no use complaining about “another guitarist’s album.” There are so many outstanding guitarists around the world that it’s getting nearly impossible to stand out. But Chameleon, the solo debut of Montenegrin Andrija Pejović, won me over in the end. The variety and imagination of the compositions is what drew me in — the guitar playing is good, but that’s no longer enough to stand out. A number of the pieces touch on different styles, like the acoustic blues of “Hold the Ground” or the sludgy math-metal of “Spiderfish,” but they’re always done with a twist, whether it’s an unexpected turn into a different style of the appearance of a new tone on the guitar. The use of dissonant notes is especially appealing, often using a major second to provide an edge to the lines. There are also some passages of lovely extended chords, and the tones are not what is typically used. Passages that most guitarists would play clean are distorted, giving the complex voicings a nasty grit to them. In short, this is an album that straddles progressive rock and fusion with some dips into other styles, and provides a great introduction to a talented player with a distinctive voice. Sometimes I’m reminded of Marbin without a sax and with less emphasis on chops, but that’s only a glancing resemblance. Pejović is a guitarist worth checking out.


Filed under: New releases, 2015 releases

Related artist(s): Andrija Pejović

More info
http://bucanpas.com/bucanpas/fonoteka/#/bend/38

Latest news

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more

2019-03-03
Seaprog 2019 Lineup Almost Complete – The Seaprog festival in Seattle is scheduled for June 7-9 this year, and they've announced their lineup of performers. The revitalized Trettioåriga Kriget will cap Friday night, perennial favorites Marbin are on Saturday, and District 97 will finish off the fest on Sunday night. In support, they've booked a stellar variety of artists from the Northwest and around the world, including EchoTest, Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn, and the live debut of the amazing Troot project. » Read more

2019-02-21
You Can Be Part of an Ambient Electronic Project – The Gesture of History is a new electronic project put together by Sam Rosenthal of Black Tape for a Blue Girl, Steve Roach, and violist Sam Shadow. The music started as an instrumental track Rosenthal was working on for a Black Tape album, but took on a life of its own and demanded further enhancements. The majority of the funds raised will go to manufacturing costs for LP and CD editions, as well as other items as detailed on the Kickstarter page. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Porcupine Tree - Voyage 34: The Complete Trip – History: In 1992, Porcupine Tree was a little-noticed solo project of Steven Wilson. The first album had made little splash on the progressive psychedelic scene. Wilson decided to bring a little less...  (2002) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues