Made over the span of two years in Sydney, Australia SääD is as ethereal as it is contemplative. The Arabic word where the moniker comes from translates to happiness, success, and prosperity. This is the perfect music to set the scene to a contemplative practice. The vocals remind me of Bon Iver, and the mood is a bit like a slowed down Royksopp.
I felt the self-titled album SääD had different distinct emotions in three parts. In the first three the melancholy is ever-present. It wants to lift you up but it invites you to sit in the discomfort so that the next stage feels quite different.
The album opens with "Sinking Suns" which is beautifully haunting. It's quite ambient and the music works together as if it's one big wave. There is quite a lot listen to if you want to explore the textures of white noise in the background."Ghost of My Heart" is a little more uplifting while also being stunning melancholy and ethereal while utilizes harp, pads and hypnotic patterns.
The second set of songs, opening with "When It's Cold Outside" has a hint of Sigur Ros and crescendos into more major chords, fewer minors. A conversation of gentle transition that prepares us for "Underneath the Wave," that definitely brings the imagery of waves, water and a rising theme. We then go into a cycle of completion and discord with "Twilight Fades."
"Rest Your Eyes" felt like an invitation to take a breath from the rising and falling of the second act of the album. A calming integration. The last two songs in the final act of the album feel like a separation. I adore the harp, piano and electric ambiance that plays in "Hard to Watch You Falling." Everything comes to a full circle completion with "Taking Chances." The vocals are bright, clear, and the piano acts as drums.
This is an exceptionally gorgeous album. Highly Recommended.
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