Genre/Influences: Ethereal, Folk)
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: American female artist Sora is back on track unleashing her fourth full length album. This multi-instrumentalist didn’t release Sora albums on a regular basis, “Ghostlines” being the first new full length in eight years.
Content: The sound universe of Sora is blessed by elegance. The dreamy ballads joined by the Ethereal voice of the artist create an invitation to evasion. The multiple acoustic instruments are quite noticeable elements in the artistic beauty of this album featuring ten songs.
+ + + : “Ghostlines” is an artistic voyage composed by multiple instruments –but mainly by one musician. Sora plays chime, harp, keyboard and violin while her voice is probably the main instrument of the composition process. She got some help from musician and producer Vanessa Cardui who played banjo, glockenspiel, lute, percussions and did some backing vocals. A few more guests contributed by playing cello, electric guitar and drums. It all together resulted in an authentic production and multiple beautiful songs. I like the melancholia emerging from some violin parts and of course cello. “Clay” is the absolute sonic diamond from the album, which also features a few mystic passages.
– – – : I just regret there are no more songs reaching the same artistic level as “Clay”… but in the end it all is a question of taste.
Conclusion: Sora brings different, related music genres together creating a sophisticated and subtle sonic osmosis between Ethereal and Folk.
Best songs: “Clay”, “Ghostlines”, “Selkie”.