By Andrew Bansal
Based out of Kiev, Ukraine, Sinoptik is a relatively new group of musicians spreading the gospel of stoner / psych / hard rock. After having already made a name for themselves from winning battle-of-the-bands competitions in Ukraine, Europe and beyond, and sharing the stage in their homeland with some household names in the world of heavy music, Sinoptik recently released their newest single ‘Standalone Syndrome’ in an effort to further their mission of rock n’ roll domination, and it’s not a bad one at that.
For this single, the power trio of Dmitriy Afanasiev-Gladkykh (guitar, keys, vocals), Dmitriy Sakir (bass) and Victor Gerchev (drums) focus heavily on vocal harmonies, guitar and keyboard melodies, and rhythmic grooves to create an extremely catchy number. The importance of a good melody is lost on a lot of modern-day bands, and what most of them do not realize that it is the difference between a good and a great, memorable song with repeat value. Sinoptik clearly excel in this department, as this 5-minute composition is filled to the brim with melodies galore, and through them the band succeeds in creating a trippy, psychedelic feel that justifies their stoner / psych rock tag.
With songs of this quality and calibre, Sinoptik are surely not far from breaking through on a global level and getting the recognition they deserve. This single only leaves the listener craving for more. ‘Standalone Syndrome’ wins hands down.
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