Volaré — Volaré
((Not on label) no#, 1996, MC)
by Peter Thelen, Published 1997-02-01
Volare are a five piece from Athens, Georgia, featuring multi-keyboards, acoustic and electric guitars, bass+sax, cello+ocarina, and drums. Prior to their performance at Louisville's Eclectic Electric Event, few had heard of these guys, but Volaré is a band with a lot of potential, and could lead the next wave of American progressive rock bands. Indeed, this five-song cassette is better than 80 percent of the CDs that cross this desk. Their music is purely instrumental, combining all the best elements of progressive rock with touches of melodic folkiness, jazz spirit, and chamber influences. No one instrument dominates the sound; there is room here for everyone. These guys can rock hard, but they wisely balance it with more introspective moments, and a composition style that emphasizes exploration and evolution rather than repetition. Each song is an odyssey of sorts, with numerous changes in theme, character, and dynamics that all flow together brilliantly. Original as well; one has a hard time pinning them down to any influences, which seem to be wide and varied. Volaré doesn't sound much like anyone else in particular; one might be briefly reminded of Anglagard, Happy the Man, Paul Winter, Mahavishnu, and others for various reasons at different times, but whatever influences they draw from have been assimilated well. Put this on my best of '96 list. Now when's that CD coming out, guys?
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From the press release:
To Wake a Dream in Moving Water takes from Echo Us' past and spins it into a whole new direction, one closer to traditional acoustic Celtic music than ever before.
To Wake a Dream in Moving Water was composed and recorded during the first few months of 2017. Although Celtic influenced and comprised of a number of re-workings of Irish folk tunes and Breton aires, the album is still in large part new and original Echo Us music that fits right in the Echo Us ‘canon’. “Wake” is a natural progression from “A Priori Memoriae”, which was released to critical acclaim in Europe in 2014.
To Wake a Dream in Moving Water is Echo Us’ ‘Celtic’ album that was planned for a long time but never executed because of the work on the trilogy that came before it. The album title is a typical ‘Echo Us’ play on words which one can find their own meaning.
“It is also both evocative of the Oregon rain, which I am told is not too unlike the rain in Ireland.”(Matthews)
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