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Aurora Clara: Dreams

Aurora Clara are back with their third release Dreams, and the band pulls in the reigns a bit with a more acoustic approach. “Beyond The Tetrachords” opens the album, and I’m immediately drawn in by the acoustic guitar textures and flute, the song has a mystical quality about it. “Para Gato Y Carlos” seems to evoke some Santana like guitar licks over the laid back Rhodes and more acoustic guitar. The opening features saxophone on lead which gives way to the guitar. The flute creates a dreamy soundscape as it takes its turn as the lead instrument. At times the background seems sparse, but there are plenty of nuances to catch your attention. Each go round offers a little something different, the organ makes an appearance, trading and dual riffing are featured throughout. I do wish they had asked Jerry Goodman to do another guest spot, as his violin would have been right at home on any one of these tracks. “River Of January” brings out the percussion, flamenco guitar, and the flute right up front. A jazzy keyboard solo adds again to a fine blend of instruments throughout. Raul Mannola shows his skills on both acoustic and electric during “Dezoito De Setembro”, and I love the electric keyboard soloing of Denis Bilanin. This one has a laid back vibe, but when you really tune in there is plenty of hot playing. “Deep ‘n Blue” is mostly guitar, piano, and flute, and the results are absolutely gorgeous. Towards the end, drums and electric guitar come in, but the vibe remains unchanged. “I Remember Shakti” is probably my favorite here, the acoustic guitar and flute playing fiery unison lines is impressive. As if that was enough, check out another excellent electric piano solo towards the end, you’ll have this one on repeat. “Epilog” is a haunting closing to the record, and I must compliment the band on taking a bit of a chance, as far as I am concerned, this was a success.

This record shows another side to the band, and I love it. As much as I loved their first two releases, I have come away impressed with the unique flavor of Dreams.

Track List:
1. Beyond The Tetrachords
2. Para Gato Y Carlos
3. River Of January
4. Dezoito De Setembro
5. Deep ‘n Blue
6. I Remember Shakti
7. Epilog

Added: August 14th 2023
Reviewer: Eric Porter
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