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MAra – Get Lost in the Night

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Escape into a mystical dreamland created by the ethereal soundscapes that MAra is laying down in her new LP Get Lost in the Night. If you aren’t familiar with this artist then you probably also won’t know that she’s a new up and coming 16-year-old musician in the Sydney scene who has been writing and recording her own dream techno music in her bedroom.

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Sydney’s future folk artist MAra and her debut LP Get Lost in the Night, is a euphoric collection of nightfall soundscapes which digitalises acoustic instrumentals.

She’s creating a very interesting combination of obscure effects and instruments which blend dichotomously throughout her LP. She has the veracity and rawness of a solo artist like Montaigne in her vocals, but with a higher pitch and more euphoric tempo. If you ever contemplated the need to enter the slightly more aternative or off-beat world of indie techno, then look no further than MAra.

Whether she wants the listener to feel entranced by an imaginary cleansing of inviting and inalienating tranquility, Get Lost in the Night narrates to the listener a constantly changing range of moods, helped by MAra’s continual experimental crossing of genres – tracks like Ghost or Nightfall. However, you may enter into what feels like a slightly more dangerous path through MAra’s creation when you meet tracks like Get Lost in the Night. The danger necessitated on tracks like Get Lost in the Night are signified by a slightly faster beat and her voice is quickened with edgier lyrics.

Another track which follows a darker sounding pace is Storm which begins with almost Indian Summer – sounding interlude effects. The flowing but sporadically mild and apoplectic vocal stylings almost leave the lyrics unintelligible, but that is made totally acceptable by the context of the music.

MAra’s use of instrumentation varies to even including instruments such as the viola, the glockenspiel, and the guitar to capture a more anachronistic sound than many of her contemporaries. Yet, she also manipulates the tracks to create a narrative which is probably why her music has been dubbed as ‘future folk.’ On tracks like Oblivion she uses vocal echoing and forest sounds to create what can only be described as the lived auditory embodiment of schizophrenia. She uses a similar technique again on tracks like Lullaby/ Unravel using falling rain sounds to immerse listeners into the narrative of the track.

Get Lost in the Night may in fact be such an interesting orgy of genres that the listener really has to experience it to believe it – you won’t regret it. The layering and depth in itself is enough for a level of appreciation even if you’re the biggest dream techno fan to begin with. MAra’s LP is a strong one considering she hasn’t been on the scene very long. We’re excited to see what comes next and to see her perform live as she collaborates with Lupe J.

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January 1, 2015

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