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Masal: Ahora

As the opening track “Printems tardif” unfolds, I am immediately reminded of the quirky sounds of Canada’s Miriodir. Intricate, tight arrangements, with multiple instruments taking part (thanks for the vibes!) create intriguing sounds. The best word to describe the music is clever, it’s as if every instrument is doing its own thing, yet, it all comes together. Horn lines weave over solid rhythm and bass, vibes add tone and texture when they decide to drop in, and you get piano and synths that find their lane and stay in it. What is most surprising is one may think the music is too out there, but it’s fun, tuneful, and lively. If there is a downside, it can start to sound a bit samey as you work your way through this hour long collection of songs. But, just as I start to think that way, “Shoot!” comes on and takes a darker turn than the previous tracks. A slow brooding intro churns and grows, and guitar makes its way in playing in unison with the horns. I would say it is the most out there of the songs, I of course like the addition of the guitar, and the vibes are great. A strange break at about the 6:40 mark completely changes the song, almost too abruptly. “Danse des lucioles” is a vibe fest, and qualifies as the most tuneful of the six tracks to me, this is an earworm. The closing track is 14+ minutes of music that if you’ve made it this far, its hooks are in you. Quirky and full of twists and turns, give Masal a shot if you lean towards the Avant, Jazzy and horn lead type music.

Track List:
1) Printemps tardif
2) Danse dense
3) Aquilon
a)Prelude avant la Tempete
b)Sweeping Wind
c)Danse du Prince faudraye
d)Nadie puede entender
e)Postlude apres la tempete
4) Shoot!
5) Danse des lucioles
6) Sept perles de mer

Added: February 21st 2023
Reviewer: Eric Porter
Related Link: Band @ Bandcamp
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Language: english

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