The collection of tracks that make up Solace by Aquarius Dreams is something magical, eerie, artistic and a bit hypnotic. I found myself transfixed on the gentle way the music and vocals came together but also fascinated by the huge sound of “Manhattan.” The band is a self professed dream folk collective out of Montreal.
The style of this album is unique while still feeling like you should just know the song. It's also an interesting balance of very traditional instruments used in an unexpected way. I enjoyed the use of the violin and trumpet. I found myself closing my eyes just to take in as much of the music as I could. This overall album would lend itself nicely to a big theater experience in the form of a scenic IMAX film. I would also think it would be interesting to be able to see the band live just to experience the full work.
“Dawn” was a breathtaking and magical start to the album. It literally gave me chills and I was glad it was left without vocals. The music was what a sunrise would sound like if you put it to music. I felt like I just wanted to take in every second of the song like the fleeting beauty of a sunrise. “Bound by the Sea” continued the larger than life sound, the vocals told a story that only added to the beauty of this song.
“Mountain Garden” was one of my favorite songs on the album; it was haunting yet beautiful. In a weird way I can almost visualize what the scene would look like around this song if that makes sense. It's music that plays to more of your senses than just hearing. You can feel the songs, see them and almost smell the garden around you.
“Solace” had a bit more of a folk feel combined with a soothing almost lullaby quality. This song felt familiar and yet different. “Wooden Sphere” used percussion in a unique way that peeked my interest. This gave the track a sexy and sultry feeling that none of the other tracks had. It was a nice added twist to the powerful album.
The music was so hypnotic, I would enjoy seeing this band live to get the bigger experience. I look forward to more from this group and hope they continue on this path as it was truly something unique and magical.
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