Wednesday, August 12, 2020
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Artist: ZOAR (@)
Title: Clouds Without Water
Format: CD
Label: Middle Pillar (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe

I have to admit that this is the first time I have the occasion of listening to a Zoar's album and it's a shame I did it only with their third album. Why? Because this CD is awesome and the atmosphere they are able to produce is really absorbing. Their use of cellos, noises and synth layers is catching and the construction of the songs is like a soundtrack which is capable to involve the listener totally. For this album the trio involved an incredible amount of inspired guests: Matt Johnson of The The on vocals of "Our Way Of Life" (a track inspired by In Blood Orchid author, Charles Bowden, who describes with Old Testament fury and twentieth-century anguish the state of the American spirit as the long, bloody century draws to a close), Brendan Perry of Dead Can Dance on vocals for "Winter Wind" plus vocals, bass and sagat on "Wakeworld", Julie Comparini on vocals on most of the remainig tracks and Ker Rich with the masai people of lake Natron (Tanzania) on vocals on "The Coming Anarchy", "Ashes Falling". Other collaborators have been: Tony Levin, Charles Bowden and Paul Shipper. The tracks seem to function as a soundtrack to the text written on the booklet and they are absolutely functional, giving to the listener a wide range of emotions. If you, like me, never listened to this band don't go any further with this mistake and take your copy now. It's worth it!


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