Perhaps Iskar D’Abrel’s only misfortune is releasing his music at the wrong time. Had he dropped the track “Ruins of You” in the 70’s, 80’s or even early nineties, he surely would have been recognized universally along with other greats of those eras. It was a time where artists were not defined by a specific genre and allowed to approach different styles of music with a creative freedom almost totally lost today. Iskar is a master of song construction. No song in his catalog is just a repeat of parts. Each song is its own story; each follows its own progression and has its own purpose.
By re-examining his general approach, Iskar has streamlined what he has always done and refashioned it, adding new singers, and changing producers, with the hope of reaching a broader audience, and allowing each of his songs to breathe and thrive within their own space.
“Ruins of You” proves that with each release Iskar D’Abrel evolves as a musician. He tackles tougher topics than an average, modern chart hit and fuses a compelling musical depth with his undeniable songwriting and lyrics.
It’s no surprise that each component part of this song sounds immaculate, from singer Marcello’s incredible vocals to the rolling bass-lines, the vibrant guitars and the slapping drums. This extends to the production by Ivan Vukosavljevic, which is of the same high standard to which we are acclimatized with Iskar’s peers from bygone rock eras.
That bass guitar warmly wanders in and out of the surrounding rhythm and the tones used are always pleasing. The guitars are bright, vibrant and omit the dreadful brick-walling hampering most modern pop and rock, while each instrument remains crystal-clear even in the deceptively subtle backing layers permeating the arrangement.
Marcello’s voice weaves between the chord progressions during the verses, and soars above the euphoria in the chorus, adding just the right melodic dynamics to the song. There are lots of words to describe Iskar D’Abrel, challenging and creative are two, but predictable he definitely is not. “Ruins of You” is a really an accessible track, but one which also has the right ingredients for longevity.
It is a lush, cinematic piece of intelligent and emotive rock music, with both progressive and pop elements. A song with a serious overtone and one which envelops the listener in a cosseting soundscape and a driving rhythm. “Ruins of You” is an incredibly immersive piece of music that captures the imagination and draws the listener in to its aural sanctuary.
The heartfelt vocals and high-powered groove add a huge dose of pathos to the song. This is a piece of music that almost makes you hold your breath before breaking out into a dynamic, soul-stirring wall of sound dominated by the soaring melody.
“Ruins of You” sees Iskar D’Abrel stake his claim in the music fraternity. Strong on vocal melody this song is mature, intelligent, and legitimately progressive music within a catchy rock format.
Ultimately, Iskar has succeeded fully in bringing a work of progressive rock to the modern radio world. “Ruins of You” sets out to show that catchy, rock based material can still be written with depth and substance, and it does so brilliantly.
More About: Iskar D’Abrel is Pop-Rock songwriter based in California. With deeply introspective lyrics and songwriting inspired by great acts of the 70’s and 80’s. D’Abrel found his first inspiration in the wake of a heart wrenching breakup.
Music was a way to soothe his pain and quiet his suffering. Outside of music, Iskar is a full time psychology professor and author. He has published two psychology textbooks, as well as two science fiction/fantasy novels (‘The One That I Am’, and ‘Beyond the Wheel of History’) both of which are available for purchase on Amazon.