Big To The Sky

by ariel

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Review by Jack Rabid [-]
One thing that ambient/darkwave/ethereal bands have going for them is a broad sense of soundtrack. Natural music for head movies, Ariel uses texture and dissonance to create stark, frozen-tundra temperaments much as the Cure did early (both "The Death of Me," which reminds of "Give Me It," and "Unforgotten," which reminds of "The Hanging Garden," seem to have a lot of Pornography and The Top elements to them; in fact, singer Ali Jafri's voice is a dead ringer for Robert Smith, and the Cranes have since. What sets Ariel apart, though, is the sitar whine and other Eastern sounds not usually integrated into this genre, and not found on their 1997 debut, Withdrawn. "Tumharay Liyeh" and others keep the sweeping, pretty claustrophobia, but add these extra elements to create their own cranny of the genre. Rather hypnotic, at that.

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released April 14, 2014

Ali Jafri: guitars/vocals/percussion
Peter Emmett: bass/sitar
Laird Hurley: keyboards/percussion
Dan Gamble: drums
Mark Totti: keyboards

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ariel Toronto, Ontario

Since 1995..with humble beginnings in the nation's capital of Ottawa, Canada...and moving to Toronto in 1996...this band is still going strong. The core group has remained the same since moving to Toronto in 1997. Featuring Ali Jafri (vocals/guitar/percussion), Peter Emmett (bass, sitar), Ld Hrly (percussion/keyboards), and Dan Gamble (drums). Atmospheric rock meets psychedelia of a darker kind... ... more

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