AURAH
Etherea Borealis

[Aurah, www.aurah.com]

Coming out of mountainous Switzerland, Judith Martin and Marc Dold come straight out of ambient, chill-out territory. Their band Aurah steps softly on the leaves of hundreds of bands that came before and leads the way for those that will follow suit. This is where the problem begins. If you think this music sound derivative, that's only because it is. The only way it's leading something is as fodder on AM radio, which is not where I'd expect to hear music that is taking risks. Honestly, I don't care if the band admits "We told ourselves, "Let's forget everything we learned about traditional song-writing, about catchy song forms, hooks, 3 min. 30 second time limits, etc" and we created from intuition and heart. Without being fully aware of it at first, it just happened. The music wrote itself. Yes, we still had to put it all together, but it was effortless. Just like the difference between a task you feel you have to perform and something you love to do. Out of this came our eclectic CD entitled Songs of the Alchemist. Some songs were ethnic and organic, while some were instrumental and electronic. Some had vocals but no lyrics. Some were reminiscent of a film-score." Let me repeat that for you, in case you fell asleep. THE MUSIC WROTE ITSELF!! Excuse me for jumping in, but no great music has ever just written itself. Even music made with the help of laptops, sequencers and no-input mixing boards expects a certain level of human interaction. In fact, the more human interaction, the more unique the music will become. Let me rephrase this in a few words. Sure Judith Martin has a lovely set of vocal chords, but that's about it. She's mining the Liz Fraser territory but that's about it. This is mood music or something to doze off to. Keyboards, synths and arrangements are so drearily presented, I end up having just about enough of the sameness 15 minutes into the disc [and it clocks in at 65 minutes!!]. If you get wet hearing Sarah McLachlan on the radio and think she's the best thing since sliced bread, then Aurah will fit your musical territory just fine. However, If you want to step beyond clichĂŠs, give this disc a pass.

- Tom Sekowski


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+ HAL RAMMEL - Like Water Tightly Wound
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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ Writing rhythms is easy - rozmowa z Stewart'em Walker'em
+ Regularity is the secret - wywiad z Jaumetic'em [Regular label]
+ Szybsze bicie serca - rozmowa z Patrycją Hefczyńską aka DJ Patrisią [Husky]
+ My fire is burning - wywiad z Hell'em [Gigolo Records]