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Album Review: Auri – Self-Titled

AuriAuri is a musical project that is unlike anything else out there these days. The entire attitude of the band is quite unorthodox, as the genesis of the project itself really differs from how most people start making music together. The Auri project came to life organically, from the desire of a group of accomplished artists, driven to make music together and inspired by the mutual appreciation of each other’s talent and creative vision.

When you listen to the songs created by the group, it’s quite clear that this project is second nature for these musicians. These tracks constitute an exciting and distinctive musical language, that’s really hard to categorize by using existing terms and genre definitions. As the band members will tell you themselves, this isn’t music that can be described with words alone, but I will try anyway!

The first thing that comes to my mind when listening to these tracks, is a waterfall of adjectives. As I close my eyes and let the music fill the room I am in, the whole world disappears, carrying me, the listeners, in a completely different place. It’s something ethereal, dream-like and immersive, somewhere in between dreaming and waking up.

One of the most exciting tracks in this release is a single titled “Desert Flower”. This song beautifully combines elements of folk with stunning orchestral composition, reminiscent of contemporary composers such as Olafur Arnalds or Ludovico Einaudi, only to mention a couple.

However, the vocals give the song a more immediate and relatable vibe, acting as a bridge between the stunning otherworldly instrumental tracks and the emotional impact of the lyrics. The result is a blend of music that feels authentically direct, but also epic and cinematic.

Auri is arguably a project that’s driven by a lot of artistic vision, and more importantly, by the desire to create something new, which might elude the usual “boxes” in which we love to include music genres, styles and references.

Although it might be tough to admit it as a writer, I have a strong feeling that the band was absolutely right in stating that this isn’t music that can be described with words. At times, all you need to do is to close your eyes, turn up the volume, dim the lights, and let the sound tell you the rest of the story. Auri’s new release is a true journey through sound, with an evocative twist.

Release Date: March 23, 2018
Run Time: 56:00
Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Track Listing:
1. The Space Between
2. I Hope Your World Is Kind
3. Skeleton Tree
4. Desert Flower
5. Night 13
6. See
7. The Name Of The Wind
8. Aphrodite Rising
9. Savant
10. Underthing Solstice
11. Them Thar Chanterelles (feat. Liquor in the Well)

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Excellent

User Rating: 4.5 ( 1 votes)
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