Yesterdays is a Hungarian progressive rock band based in Cluj-Napoca (Romania/Transylvania). The band was formed in 2000 and in the year 2006 they released their first album, “Holdfénykert” (“Moonlit Garden”) on the Hungarian record label: Rockszerviz. In 2008 the French label Musea released a remastered version of that album. Yesterdays composed some songs for the “Inferno” and “Purgatorio” projects. The band plays progressive rock with the vintage sound of the seventies and strong influences from jazz and pop music. In 2006 the band played on the ProgFarm festival in The Netherlands. “Colours Caffé” is their second album. There is also a Japanese version of the album with a bonus disc that is released by DiskUnion.
Bogáti-Bokor Ákos - guitar, keyboards, backing vocals; Csergó Domokos - drums; Enyedi Zsolt - keyboards; Horváth Linda - lead vocals; Kecskeméti Gábor - flute; Kolumbán Zoltán - bass
Antal Karola - lead vocals (4,12), backing vocals (2); Borlai Gergõ - drums, percussion; Erscey Andrea Emese - lead and backing vocals (4,9,12); Kósa Dávid - percussion, backing vocals (1,2,3,4,5,6,9,11); Mohai Tamás - guitar (2,7); Mihai Sorohan - trumpet (10); Stutz Timea - lead vocals (9); Horváth Hanna - backing vocals (6,7,9)
The band’s name and the cover design (“The Yes Album”) of the album make you think about the band Yes. But I could not find strong Yes influences in the music ... so I asked myself why. Then I discovered that the leader of the band Ákos Bogáti-Bokor was also a member of the Hungarian band You and I. This was a symphonic rock band with strong Yes influences in their music. You can find my review of their album “Exit” (2001) on progVisions. So there is the connection. And I read that the music on the debut album “Holdfénykert” of Yesterdays is more symphonic and had some Yes influences. The mystery is solved. But lets talk about the music on the new album.
The album opens with the song “Játék“” (“A Play”). It is a cheerful song with a nice vocal refrain and synth solo’s. I would like to describe it as a pop song with with a prog instrumentation. This is partly also the case for the next track “Forog a Tánc” (“Dance is Spinning”). But you can find some nice flute melodies here and in the second part of the song more proggy instrumental parts. Then it is time for the suite “Némafilm szvit” (“Silent Film Suite”) which is divided into three parts; “Night in the City”, “Silent Film” and “Low Altitude Flying”. “Night in the City” has a slow opening with delicate guitar, nice vocal lines, Mellotron strings and tasteful keyboard parts. Later on you can hear some nice guitar, flute and synth solo’s. The flute solo in the end seamless goes into the part “Silent Film”. In this track we hear the beautiful voice of Karola Antal. The guitar parts has often a jazzy edge and the music has a mellow character. Later on the song gets a more classical atmosphere by the beautiful flute parts of Gábor Kecskeméti that are combined with tasteful keyboard strings. The last part of the suite, entitled “Low Altitude Flying”, has some beautiful vocal lines. “Tükör” (“Mirror”) is a short folksy song with nice flute parts. In the jazzy track “Bábu” (“Puppet”) and the instrumental “Flautoccata” the flute plays an important role. “Megpihensz” (“You are Resting”) is a ballad which is beautiful sung by the lead vocalist of the band Linda Horváth. To my surprise “Prelúdium egy Esőhöz” (“Prelude to Rain”) includes the trumpet of Mihai Sorohan. His sound reminds me of the work of the Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stańko. The album closes with the song “Zápor” (“Shower”) which has a beautiful vocal line. There is also a short hidden track with delicate vocal sung by Karola Antal.
“Colours Caffé is a good album with a light progressive atmosphere. The music is a good mix of pop, classical, jazz and progressive influences. In the person of Linda Horváth the band has found a good singer, but you can also enjoy the voices of Karola Antal and Andrea Emese Erscey on some of the tracks. I like the use of the flute in progressive music. It gives the album some folksy and classical atmospheres. I also want to mention the tasteful keyboards (Zsolt Enyedi) that you can hear on this album. I think that Zsolt Enyedi is together with leader/founder Ákos Bogáti-Bokor responsible for the progressive influences on this album. He uses a lot of vintage keyboard sounds on “Colours Caffé”. Personally I think that the suite “Némafilm szvit” is the highlight of the album. You can find the English translation of the lyrics on the band’s website. I'm glad the band still sings in Hungarian ... so that the atmosphere of the music is not affected.