Boris Carloff is a producer, composer, engineer and musician whose musical style takes on flavours from jazz, guitar rock and electronic music. Boris, who has played as a musician in Norway, UK, Germany and Italy, comes from the Czech Republic and has a classical violin education.
His debut was on the London based label, Tracktion, with a project called Palm Beat. Later on he signed to Red Salamanda Records, where he released the Good Stuff EP. The EP was well received and one track got air-played on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide BBC, while another track was released in Japan with the NURO label.
In the Czech Republic, Boris was nominated for the ‘Best Sound’ Czech Grammy in 2006, for the album “Dreamer” by Czech band, Sunshine.
Currently he has released his first independent solo album “The Escapist”, which is a dark mix of classic music, indie rock and electronics . The album is a reaction to the death of his brother and father during the past two years.
Doug Yowell the drummer who has worked with Lana Del Ray and Suzanne Vega, as well as Ghetto Priest and James Cook , also participated in the making of the album, which was recorded in Prague, New York and London.
Carloff is a brilliant songwriter and musician, blending many styles of music seamlessly, into a tapestry of storytelling genius. The 10-track new album, contains heart-wrenching ballads, techno dance flavored tunes, spacious ambient sounding combinations and gritty indie-rock introspections.
Although beautiful and accessible in most places, this album is not a first-time listen love affair. You need to take the time to let yourself sink into the music and let the words and musical arrangements wash over you. You will find before too long that you can’t get certain lyrics or haunting melodies out of your head.
Boris Carloff is a kind of magical and unassuming artist with a seemingly placid and calming presence. When you step back and look at his latest body of work, it doesn’t seem possible that one man can be so adept at creating such a wide spectrum of styles and be both masterful and so meaningful at the same time. Boris doesn’t tend to be preachy or talk down to people listening to him. Rather he chooses a stream of highly conscious ideas, and presents them in a manner most people can deal with.
Standout tracks on the album for me, are; “In My Lonely Room”, “Falling”, “For These Days”, “The Mist”, “Take Me Higher”, “To Each Of You” and “Hidden In The Sky”.
“The Escapist” is a wonderful listen. It is rich with such a wide variety in music and style that it might even catch you off guard. The production on this album is also above par; well recorded, great separation and interesting instrumentation. All with close, personal vocals that engage you constantly. Each and every time you put this music on, you’ll be surprised to hear something new.
This is a great modern album from Boris Carloff.