The album gets better as you progress through it, and through subsequent listens as a whole. Lots of depth to each track. Reminds me of the atmosphere of Rush’s Grace Under Pressure album just without the “80’s” hooks.
Favorite track: The Lightless Ones.
The ever-evolving quartet VAURA follows up their 2013 album “The Missing” almost six years later with “Sables,” their most refined and contemplative release yet. Introspective and somber, “Sables” finds the band shedding most of its post-metal heaviness in favor of experiments with brooding kosmische musik and the more avant-garde elements of new wave. Consisting of Josh Strawn (Azar Swan) on vocals, guitar and synthesizers, Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia) on guitar, Toby Driver (Kayo Dot) on bass, and Charlie Schmid (Tombs) on drums and electronics, VAURA engage ever more with their UK and German prog/art rock influences to grandiose and eerie effect. While still retaining the distinctive and specific style carved out on the band’s first two releases (“Selenelion” in 2010 and “The Missing” one year later) “Sables” is the all-vital third LP, a concise collection of meditative compositions on endings and extinctions. Brilliantly complemented by the mixing and production work of legendary UK producer Peter Walsh (Scott Walker, Peter Gabriel) VAURA have delivered their best sounding, most intricate and realized album yet.
released April 26, 2019
Mixed, Co-Produced by Peter Walsh
Mastered by Josh Bonati
Art and design by Terrence Hannum
What can I say that hasn't been already? An absolute mammoth of an album that's simultaneously forlorn and reassuring. It's certainly not for the faint of heart, but it's one of the most rewarding listens I've had the pleasure of experiencing. zirtonic