Cinematic post-rock from Latvia. Guitarist from Audrey Fall.
George Will (Juriis Narvils) the former guitarist of Audrey Fall arrives from Latvia. He presents himself with this solo and self-produced album entitled “Dawn“. We are in the hands of an album belonging to the instrumental Post Rock genre. This term is used very often and also inappropriately to define something that perhaps cannot be defined. This is because the Post Rock redefines the traditional style of Rock. But despite this terminology so well known and abused by many, in fact this genre, or subgenre, never manages to acquire that importance in the world of music to earn a definite and definitive place in the vogue of musical sacredness. And this is an unfair fate, which continues to take place over the years. Unfair especially because any event that helps define and draw a line between something that was there before and something that came next, deserves universal recognition and affirmation. With the Post Rock really ends an era and another perfectly indefinable one begins. Even the classical structure of a Rocksong is overturned, the conventional Verse – Chorus – Solo – Verse – Chorus are replaced by indefinite and uncons pre-established musical structures. The songs take on more the structure of an improvisation than a traditional song. From the thematic point of view, the cultural movements that contribute to giving birth to this genre start from the culture of young intellectuals and post-industrial scapigliati. These ideologies are perceived both in musical structures and in the compositional approach that is applied. The inspirations and themes covered are derived from the Enlightenment to rationalism, with New Age nuances and theories of experimental physics arriving at post-industrialism. All this contributes to giving birth to more conceptual than actual sonorities, the feeling and sensations that aim to provoke the listener in the search for their feelings, sensations and fantasies are developed. Stylistically, Post Rock is closer toAmbient and Ethnic music than Classic Rock. Everything is based on emotional involvement, and not technical involvement, the goal is to immerse the listener in a parallel world made of atmospheres and moods that aim to make the listener travel in the world of their fantasies and feelings.
Audrey Fall with their “Mitau” have brought these sonorities to a level of absolute excellence. This was of no small importance to George Will and served as an excellent starting point and support for the creation of “Dawn“. The belonging to that small masterpiece is not denied but developed and brought to a different and unprecedented level of sonority. The use of different instruments such as the piano and cello is introduced that contribute to creating a more intimate, delicate and engaging final work. If in work done with Mitau more reference was made to real places, in Dawn the reference is more to the imaginary and to nature itself real or not. Finally, the sounds are softer and you can feel more ambient involvement.
This more intimate and sentimental approach can be noticed from the first notes of this new work with the song of the same name Dawn that welcomes you with its sound of the piano. Emotional involvement is guaranteed. Perfect song to start this journey to new unexplored worlds. Metaphorically it is a descent towards the intimacy of everyone’s inner universe. Those places unexplored and unknown to ourselves, because often veiled by a thousand masks, shapes and appearances. Symbolically it is like arriving at a quiet dawn in a new world, after a dark and stormy night. Those mysterious worlds that Mist investigates, the second track on the album. Rediscovering the mystery of our intimate frailties. With Aeon, on the other hand, we can draw parallels between the vastness of the individual universe and the vastness of the physical universe as planetary. And as close as one seems so close and the other so far away, in truth they are the same thing, realities unknown to our primordial envelope. Because each of us is made of stardust and in each of us there is a Divine particle. After giving a holistic view of our world we are faced with two very groundy and direct songs such as Rust and Iris. Songs with a traditional and classic flavor, as if they wanted to demonstrate and not deny belonging to the conventional and human world, musically speaking are two songs with a greater Rock matrix than the rest of the album. This passage I consider important and very intelligent, which shows us how George Will leaves nothing to chance, creating an effective bridge between before and after, the aspect that we faced at the beginning of this review. That’s a really good job. With the next song Veil it is as if you were lifting the veil out of your eyes to finally be able to see for the first time. To see beyond sight, to perceive beyond the material world and to free one another from the weight of ignorance by finding solemn salvation in the eternal emptiness of absolute nothingness, which is the mother of all things. This awareness, however, is achieved only with the next Rhea chapter that projects you into the reality in which you feel like a bird without wings. Genetically born to fly but forced by his own body to walk. However, it is the soul and not the body that flies, and as with a scenic chase it takes flight leaving its body down, on earth, to atone for its eternal condemnation. And the journey continues with Sylo where everything is possible, every land, every world and every universe can be reached in an instant. Because all these magnificent places are actually inside us. And there is no other world far or near that is, more beautiful and greater than the immense reality of our dreams and our imagination. Just as J. R. R. Tolkien’s Fantastic and imaginative Middle-earth is arda, which is actually nothing more than our Earth but at a different stage of imagination.
Thus we come to the conclusion of this intense journey through different emotional stages reaching individual apotheosis freeing the soul and spirit of dreams and imagination. We are faced with a very intimate and intense work of instrumental music. George Will proves to be a refined aesthete of human feelings. Dawn is a magnificent journey into the depths of the fantastic worlds of each of us.
released March 7, 2017
ALBUM REVIEW: GEORGE WILL – DAWN
StandardGeorge Will almost quit music after his band Audrey Fall released their album Mitau in 2014. He sold off most of his gear and the guitars gathered dust for almost two years. But in recent times the film scores he was listening to inspired him to revisit the piano. One thing led to another, and he start playing again.
Thank goodness he did.Fittingly, the titular opening track from Will’s new solo album, Dawn, reflects that story. It begins with Will playing softly on the piano, and evolving into something bigger by encompassing more instruments as Will regains his confidence.
Will sought out to create music that sounded different to his post-rock work of the past. Initially he used minimalist piano and cello, and his repertoire expanded as he experimented.The very Lights & Motion sounding “Mist” takes us into cinematic territory with violins and hopeful guitars. “Rhea” also sounds suitably cinematic, with delicate piano setting the mood for a solemn affair that turns triumphant.By comparison, tracks like “Rust” and “Iris” venture into more metal territory, even bordering on djent.
Because as great as it is to try new things, there’s nothing as fun as letting loose and rocking out.In all seriousness though, the tasteful symphonic album closer “Arda” is a testament to Will’s talent. The song is expertly crafted, growing gently and gaining momentum until it takes on a life of its own.My highlight of the album is the last section of “Veil”. This is interesting considering that Will told me that he regarded as “Veil” one of his least favourite songs on the album. I cannot agree with him, because the second half of that song is so stand out to me.There is something irresistible about how the drum and guitar accents compound in such an epic way. Give it a listen when the album drops and please feel free to weigh in on that discussion.
Some albums are perfect for driving. Many are great for blasting at parties. Others are earthy and warm and suit being played on a turntable. Dawn is an album for headphones. Plugging it into my stereo or playing it through my speaker just doesn’t compare to listening to the album through headphones so that the all the elements jump out at me.Will shared with me that he was undecided about whether he prefers being part of a band or going solo. Playing on your own can offer creative freedom, but is perhaps too open-ended without having others to critique your work as you write.I’m pleased that George Will did decide to try his hand at some solo writing because Dawn is an inspired work. It is a wonderful album ranging from lush cinematic piano compositions to post-metal, stopping off at various instrumental sub-genres on the way through.
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Wonderful post rock cinematographic multi instrumentalist from Latvia.
His melodies are very well structured, textures full of details, strings, woodwinds and a wonderful piano, mixing a neo classical environment with post metal, filled with arcodons and arpeggios executed with mastery.
His cadence fluctuates increasingly in his extreme sensitivity in capturing every moment of synergy and euphoria by making refined arrangements with brilliant creativity and talent.
The intrinsic duality of immersion explodes in precise and technical chords that lead us to glimpse the beauty of a work full of feelings and a rare and odd preciousness.
It is hard not to get emotional, we embarked on a journey where we discovered the best we have to offer, congratulations on the masterpiece George.