“Open Sesame Vol 2: Press Rewind” is the second release from Barista’s five volume, 26 song epic album. Which, honestly, is a really interesting way of releasing music. This is Barista’s third album to date, all this from a man who has only been making music for the past eight years.
Based in Istanbul, Bahadır Han Eryılmaz, or ‘Barista,’ is quite the musical phenom. The credits on this album reads like a who’s who of rock music musicians. These guys have played with Supertramp, Guns ‘n Roses, Kenny Loggins and Velvet Revolver, amongst others.
The sound is truly incredible. The songs are classic American rock, but have a modern vibe. This is not your big haired 80s tribute album, that’s for sure! The songs are truly excellent, well crafted, thoughtful, meaningful and authentic.
Barista has a great voice. Full and emotional and capable of giving his songs resonance and heart. The production is perfection of course. You’d expect nothing less from these amazing group of musicians. But, it has more than just perfect form.
The songs tell the story of a man and his journey. Songs of love and regret and purpose. Great music needs to mean something to the performer and that meaning must translate to the audience. And this is truly great music.
What a surprise, what a gift, to find an artist that believes in his work and his craft and makes his music happen despite his introverted nature. You can hear the visceral need he has to express himself through his songs and the culmination of that need and these amazing musicians is this wonderful music. Loved it!!!
Simon Phillips – Drums
Jesse Siebenberg – keys and guitars
Han Eryilmaz – Drums, percussion, keys, backing vocals
Brian Duffy – vocals
Producer Name(s): Han Eryilmaz