REQUIRED LISTEN: SOARS
Zach Hart Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Music can often play on memory, personal experience, dreams, and emotion. Great music can make the listener feel something they never knew existed, filling a void that was never acknowledged. This is my experience with the dreamy outfit SOARS. There have been very few albums that twist and turn in the mind, every note a little bit off but only because of how we have been conditioned to listen. The Lehigh Valley, PA band is releasing their debut, self-titled LP in October which is perfect because the sounds they create will be a gentle warning of the oncoming cold of winter. The music is a journey into an unknown soundscape that guides the listener through a gambit of reactions. I compare the listen to the first time I heard Radiohead's Kid A. They sound nothing alike, but SOARS, like Radiohead, have created a sound that defies time, space, memory, and ultimately life. Jean-Pierre Melville once said, in Godard's masterpiece À bout de souffle, when asked about his life ambition, "To become immortal... and then die." After hearing SOARS, I think I understand.