Boyan Hristov

The Noise (Boston MA)

​Romantic Solo Guitar Volume One

16 tracks

This all instrumental release features great guitarist Hristov as the only player on this album and he only plays guitar on it. He has terrific technique, performs passionately, and has a ton of remarkable riffs which he incorporates into an enjoyable and impressive mix of finger picking, chords and strong strumming. His arrangements on the fifteen covers of songs we already know is as crucial and critical as is his choice of tunes to re-interpret; and his lone composition, “The Gospel of Me,” follows the same creative plan. My favorites are the opening Bee Gee’s cut “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis, and three Beatles melodies – two by Lennon and one by McCartney – “In My Life,” “Here, There And Everywhere,” and “Yesterday.” I also really dig his takes on Doris Day’s “Que Sera Sera,” “Killing Me Softly” by Roberta Flack, Stevie Wonder’s “My Cherie Amour,” The Platters’ “Twilight Time,” and Louis Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World.” We know all of these titles because of their singers but on this album Boyan drops the vocals and substitutes them with his own recognizable style on six strings. He even does a more contemporary version of the 1960s instrumental “Sleepwalk,” by Santo and Johnny. All the tender melodies are familiar and this powerful, introspective collection contains many melodic riffs and there are no filler cuts either. Each track is consistently first rate. Much of the music here is good enough to be on movie soundtracks and Hristov just may be the best unknown guitarist in Boston. (A.J. Wachtel)

Most of the press I got is for my work with B11, check it out HERE