Coastal Escape: An Unplanned Itinerary of Surprises
Inspired music is a panacea that has the power to give the remedy that the listener wants from it. In this process, music scans the depths of the auditor’s heart and helps unravel the feelings and sentiments buried deep within. It is hence natural that different people react differently to the same music. Listening to a piece of melody, one might laugh, another might cry and yet another listener might dance in ecstasy depending on what their subconscious mind has programmed them to. While how we receive music depends on our mental state, music is immensely powerful with versatile capabilities catering to every need and expectation. An artist’s spontaneity produces the fabric of melodies that customizes itself while reaching every listener.
A masterpiece from the master of chords
Mars Lasar, the mastermind that has championed COASTAL ESCAPE, is a prolific music producer composing music from his 14th year. His versatile talents encompass several genres like New Age, Rock, Pop, Metal, Classical, Jazz, and Electronica. It is highly possible that you and I would have listened to his music on television, in films, and in popular television shows. An audition of COASTAL ESCAPE gives us a feeling that this must be one of his masterpieces, evident in its stupendous theme and meticulous rendering with the expert fusion of tunes and rhythms accomplished harmoniously.
While music parse is an escape into unknown worlds for respite, COASTAL ESCAPE facilitates a unique kind of escape that is at once healing and energizing. This album comprises 10 tracks, each one named after an element of nature or nature’s best scenic landscape. The entire album plays in 42 minutes and 7 seconds.
1. Big Sur Skies (3:58)
The opening opus prepares the listener for a mood of expansiveness. His skillfully deployed notes present a kind of visual experience following a gentle intro. The objective of the artist is to let you discover the power of the outdoors while not leaving your comfy little room. In weaving sultry vocals into the instrumental melodies, Mars has done an incredible job.
2. Valley of the Giants Revisited (4:14)
The artist has lavishly decorated this piece with ample vocals meticulously woven into the track’s electronic fabric. Unlike what we might imagine from the title, there is no element of fear while visiting the valley of giants. The brief escape into the valley feels good and invigorating too accompanied by soft instrumental melodies.
3. California Dreams (3:44)
CALIFORNIA DREAMS starts with a melodious guitar intro. The skillful fusion of strings and vocals aids the listener to share the wonderment of the landscape that is California. The soaring of guitars in the middle of the opus bestows a massive effect on the track.
4. Carmel Midnight Shores (4:17)
This track takes the listener through one another landscape of captivating beauty. True to the label ‘Midnight Shores’, the composer has suspended any kind of beats and rhythms giving predominance only to softy and silky electronic sounds guiding your voyage on the silent shores of Carmel.
5. Enchanted Forest (4:10)
Sporting a thorough contrast with the previous track, soft playing rhythms clearly rule this track. The virtual visual journey into the woods feels really enchanting and life-like. Though the movement is brisk, it is far from tiring. When the track ends, a powerful visual element in sound mimics the scenes of a lush green forest.
6. Glass Beach (3:37)
The smallest opus of the ten tracks, GLASS BEACH starts rather briskly not willing to waste any time on preparing the listener. Nevertheless, the journey does not look hurried. The listener’s jubilant mood is sustained throughout the track while letting the audiophile visualize some of nature’s best scenes on the move.
7. Mendocino Love (4:00)
Mendocino is one of the most admired natural beauties on the earth. Redwoods is an assortment of sizes, glass-bottom beaches, and America’s only ocean-front botanical garden are some characteristic sights no one visiting this place can miss out on. Named after this place of mesmerizing natural beauty, some kind of ethereal mood permeates through the opus driving you through unfrequented natural beauties.
8. Sea Arch Sunset (5:1)
After landing on an immersive kind of experience while listening to this track, I prefer to call this the award-winning piece of the album no one wanting the get the best out of this opera can afford to miss out. Mars’ keyboard work in this piece is mesmerizing. Lively wave sounds and the simple but profound angelic choirs are skillfully rendered by the artist.
9. Lost Coast Trail (4:36)
This track will surprise any listener as we wonder how the composer has managed to replicate the sounds of nature electronically and also weave them skillfully into the track resulting in a massive effect. What you land on is a tantalizing trudge you will enjoy to the core and also will recommend to others.
10. Little River (4:26)
The finale Mars has accomplished in LITTLE RIVER leaves the listener with a sense of fulfillment. The effect this track produces is suggestive of the title and you feel like journeying with a little river as it emerges from the hills, running down plains and valleys and finally culminating in the ocean. When you feel it is all over with all the ten tracks, you feel a small ache in your heart that asks you to go through the album once more.
What to carry with you from the album
In COASTAL ESCAPE, Mars Lasar has succeeded in giving a sumptuous treat through the skillful medley of sounds. Dwelling on the album for about three-quarters of an hour, we feel we have gone on a voyage of the unplanned itinerary, a kind of escape into nature filled with surprises. The entire journey with all the ten tracks feels relaxing and energizing. Committing to it at the end of a tiring day, anyone will feel it is a meticulously composed and delivered opera that can work wonders in them when they need it the most. The time spent on the album is really worth it if you allow the music to do what the artist intends it to achieve in you.
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