Llyr - Review
I think this band hardly needs any introduction as I'm sure most readers should be very familiar with their music.
The strange thing is that this is my first official review in years. I reviewed a previous album way back when before I switched servers and lost many of our reviews. Their discography is expansive, covering about 23 albums across a history of 20 years or so. They've also released their works on many different labels which also makes it hard to track them down for review. However, I think they've found the perfect home at Prikosnovenie
for this release. I've been a fan of this band over the years with their very unique style of music and Francesca's easily recognizable vocals. We're treated with a beautiful package and ten equally lovely tracks.
This has to be one of the best albums from this band, though I probably have said that with each release that I've picked up from them. Listeners should be more than familiar with their selections over the years on our ethereal radio show. The selections from this album match perfectly with a beautiful mix of folk, celtic, medieval, neo-classical and ethereal elements all blended perfecly together. "Sigillat" comes out as the perfect introduction to the album with it's mix of ethereal elements that build up to powerful percussion through each verse as a backdrop to Francesca's vocals and layers of whispers mixed in. A definite favorite on this album follows next with the classic Scottish folk tune "Scarborough Fair" done only as Ataraxia
can do, beginning with Francesca's a capella vocals that are slowly blended with a building array of instruments and percussion for a solid climax.
The album contains many tracks of this style with an incredible variety from dark, chanting to heavenly beautiful soundscapes that hold the listener enthralled. The title track "Llyr" is one of these which exhibits some of the most beautiful vocals over a somber guitar and other subtle instruments. "Klepsydra" is one of the more light-hearted pieces though still beautiful and ethereal, dreamy and captivating and another favorite. The album wraps up with another piece that has easily become another favorite with it's dreamy soundscapes of subtle electronics as the backdrop for the vocals which more than sung with words become their own soothing instrument. With this closing peice another great album comes to an end with few blemishes (mostly some drones that wear on the nerves on a track or two) that will mostly go unnoticed by most listeners and makes this a highly recommended album for fans of the previously noted styles of music.