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The music of Aranis always has been very hard to classify. There are of course influences from fellow countrymen Univers Zero and Present but with their completely acoustic chamber rock they seem to have created a sub genre all of their own. Roqueforte, their 4th album, is even harder to compare to other bands. Out are the singers, in come drums and percussion in the person of Dave Kerman (a.o. Present, Yugen, thinking Plague) The regular line up is further completed by Pierre Chevalier on Piano (UZ) and Steve Wellens on Violin. The music on Roquefort has gotten a more rhythmic and multilayered approach. People who know Joris Vanvinckenroyes solo album Basta! will recognize some of the elements. But this is not Basta! part 2, this is music written for a full band. You might expect that with the introduction of drums the music has gotten more of a 'rock' feel. This is not the case. The drums and percussion are used to place accents and subtle rhythms. Often in the background, sometimes more in the foreground but they never dominate the sound. The structures and rythms remind me more of the work of Bela Bartok then of a rock band. The sound is certainly a bit less accessible then the previous efforts but after repeated listenings the tension and harmonies start to reveal themselves more and more. The tune 'Aila' didn't click with me at first but this wonderful composition has no become one of the favourites of the album. Other favourites are the 10-minute long "Naise', which introduces some styles we haven't heard before and "Past' which starts with some nicely interwoven folky tunes but builds up to a powerful ending. The other long track 'Noise' starts strong but might lack a little bit of flow in the middle. However, the ending is simply amazing. There isn't a weak moment on this album. Aranis combine originality, great musicianship and superb compositions. I can not think of any reason not to reward this album with the full 5 stars.

Renato Moraes- Progbrasil.com.br
Songs from Mirage é o terceiro CD da banda da Antuérpia Aranis, banda que representa o que que tem de melhor do chamber rock atual. O septeto ganhou a colaboração de três vocalistas e o disco é uma suíte de 52 minutos. O som da banda continua com suas influências de tango, música minimalista, Univers Zéro, música folclórica européia e jazz. Os vocais são em latim e lembram mistura de canções célticas, música sacra e de corais que exploram a música folclórica como o coral feminino Le Mystere dês Voix Bulgares. A combinação é fantástica. As canções vão de momento de pura delicadeza até faixas de interpretações intensas e cheias de energia. A maior parte das faixas tem vocais, mas algumas são instrumentais. Ouvir o disco todo é uma viagem maravilhosa passando por motivos ciganos, de música clássica, sacra, tango, jazz e tudo combinado com muita inteligência e bom gosto. Os vocais são construídos com grande criatividade, podendo passar por momentos em que as três vocalistas cantam em uníssono ou em contrapontos muito bonitos e as vozes não são usadas apenas nos momentos calmos, pois a última faixa, Finale, a energia vem dos dez músicos e cantores e explodem de forma grandiosa. Esse CD é maravilhoso e vai agradar desde fãs do Univers Zéro até aqueles que gostam de new age. Em 2010 o novo projeto do Aranis terá três convidados, Dave Kerman (Present, 5uus, Thinking Plague, U Totem) na bateria, Pieree Chevalier (Present, Univers Zéro) nos teclados e Stefan Wellens (violino). O projeto é chamdo de RoqueForte! Esperem, mas enquanto isso fiquem com Songs from Mirage.

by Wayside Music
Aranis - Songs from MirageSKU HOME 446058The third album by this excellent new music/alt-classical ensemble. For avery small country, Belgium certainly has a easily identifiable soundingstyle of new music, and Aranis, a septet of fantastic young players, fitsright into the chamber music/chamber-rock sound that we all know from fellowcountry-groups like Louise Avenue, Cro Magnon, Julverne and Univers Zero, aswell as other European bands such as DAAU, Lars Hollmer\'s various ensembles,Noetra, Silence IV, Penguin Cafe Orchestra and Gatto Marte. The bandconsists of 2 violinists, accordion, piano, guitar, flute and double bass.For this album, for the first time, they are featuring occasional vocals by3 women singers who add a Medieval Babes kinda touch to the proceedings -and it works! For fans of this sound, this will will thrill and amaze.Probably their best yet - and that\'s saying something. Highly recommended.

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