review by João Ricardo, a.k.a Tale Twist
Oktaf has just remastered and re-released Yara by Marsen Jules, both as a CD edition and a digital download. This beautiful music is a timeless, spaceless piece of infinite, deep ambient and drone-scapes, completely reworked and remastered especially for the release on Oktaf. The CD edition will be accompanied by an extremely well-produced and gorgeous artwork by US designer Noah McDonald, who collaborated on a hybrid installation with Santa Fe, New Mexico-based Keep Adding called “Wrekage” [sic] that’s featured on Apple’s website.
This work is not different from Lazy Sunday Funerals where he tries hard to flood our ears with spacey drones, beautiful harmonies, deep ocean field recordings, and anything in between, above, and below. Here, in tracks like “Yara Variation” or “Yara 02,” he has introduced clean guitar chords and flutes to add more beauty to the composition. Some of the tunes are not only drones and ambient pieces but are also carefully crafted compositions combining classical instruments with deep, nice ambient textures. “Yara 06” starts off with a clean grand piano chord on top of an ambient texture of what could be the ocean or just water. Lots of reverb and delay have been used all the way through the tracks, which is actually Jules’ mark. This characteristic creates a deep feel to the music and is widely used by ambient artists…… Read the entire review on Gridface