Anwaar Ali is a California-based guitarist and producer who recently released An Orphan’s Dream. The cover art is indicative of the music which is ethereal. There is certainly a new age quality to this music.
The album favors beautiful crooning moans over lyrics and sparking clean instrumentation over distortion. It's an otherworldly album that's seems way too grand for the mundane world.
He opens with “The Day She Left” which revolves around female vocals, clean guitar and synth. The music is all about atmosphere. I will say that If you liked the first song you will enjoy the rest. In fact this could be one long piece of music as it very ambient and atmospheric.
The beats are electronic throughout the album and lay low in the mix. Take for instance “A Life So Changed” or “For Mom.” Each song seems to use a slightly different kit however the vocals seem like they are treated the same exact way. “For Dad” puts a guitar front and center. Ali shows off some of his lead skills. It’s pretty basic lead work as he strategically hits a minimal amount of notes. “Never Alone” has the most energy on the album while “We Shall Meet Again” is the closer that treads familiar ground.
As far as the production and recording quality goes An Orphan’s Dream is a success. The elements have good separation and the liberal use of reverb create a sense of space.
This isn’t electronic music that you will hear at a club. It fits more in line with what you might hear at your acupuncture sessions. An Orphan’s Dream is unequivocally cohesive which is a plus. This really comes down to a matter of taste and it shouldn't take you long to know if this is your cup of tea.
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