An Lár – Captivity Reels

The mind is set in motion through this track.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is not your everyday radio track, playing in the back and forgotten right after you heard it. The new release of Switzerlands celtic folk band An Lár is a carefully constructed and masterfully executed narrative, telling the story through classic instruments.

I am blown away by the captivating appearance of the tune. The single elements are played in a signature lightweight and playful fashion, creating a positive and uplifting atmosphere in the process. The sound feels like the single instruments wouldn’t just create a track to dance to, it’s as if the instruments themselves would be dancing with each other. The amount of chemistry between the band members is something that cannot be taught, it just feels magical to a certain degree to listen to the sound happen as if it was the easiest thing to do.

I admit it, I’m a sucker for classical instruments. Almost any of them. Played in a way where you can hear all the emotion transmitted from the soul of the player is when music reaches its full potential in my opinion. And if this happens, something instantly connects my mind to the sound. It triggers emotions, feelings, thoughts, memories, you name it – it just connects the dots in my mind. The mind is set in motion through the sound. Thats exactly what happens when listening to ‘Captivity Reels’. For me, the track is liberating what normally is held back.

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Florian Maier

Owner of kms reviews. Drummer. Sound explorer. Music enthusiast. Critic. Writer. Husband. Father. All stacked up in 1.88 m, 84 kg.
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