Avawaves celebrate the magic of nature, imagination and the power of dreams on their second longplayer.
AVAWAVES are rooted in cinematic narratives, evoking emotional journeys of the heart and mind. Their second full-length album masterfully layers ethereal keys over swelling strings and pulsating synths in a series of euphoric epics. Sublime, celestial textures ebb and flow, building towards far-reaching climaxes where everything comes together in effortless, natural harmony. The bold expressive palette reveals the influence of surrealist artists such as Katharina Grosse and Hilma af Klint, as well as the films that shape their worlds, like Georges Méliès' A Trip to the Moon. It brims with energy and light, illuminating the power of dreams. 'Chrysalis' opens with its profound title track, a constantly evolving, ambitious piece with a steady beat that builds in intensity. Emotive and theatrical, it reflects on themes of transformation, inspired by the life cycle of the cicada. This is followed by cascading keys in 'Seahorse' and sweeping violins in 'Danu', showcasing the dynamic synchronicity between Anna and Aisling. 'Emerging Flight' and 'Before We Wake' are delicate anthems which rise and fall, drawing you further into the dreamlike universe of AVAWAVES. 'Midnight Bird' features the dramatic vocals of Newcastle's YVA, conjuring up emotions through her poetry and powerful voice. It presents AVAWAVES in a different light, for the first time inviting another artist into their imagined sphere. 'Lucid Dreaming' is their astral cry for connectivity, recorded remotely in complete darkness, so they could picture each other's presence as vividly as possible. 'Forest Whispers' visualises a world of deeper connection, reflecting on the ways trees communicate through their root system. 'Sail Wave' is layered ambience glistening with hope whilst album closer 'Awakening' concludes the journey with cinematic beats and melodies drawn from their combined Irish heritage. [info sheet from distr.]