Mara's Torment - "Dreams Like Mine"
By Dan Century
I have no idea why Mara is tormented, and
"Dreams Like Mine," a 13 song CD of ambient electronica, offers no clues.
Mara's Torment has a very minimal sound - each song seems
woven from only two or three instruments, tones or rhythms - yet, each song is
both unique and enchanting. Ric MacLean, the one man mastermind behind Mara's
Torment, intelligently and artistically mixes disparate and haunting themes -
mysterious alien moans, terrestrial bells, Asian scales, tribal rhythms,
bubbling synths - yielding a truly beautiful, lush and comforting
Much of Dreams Like Mine sounds very familiar. In some songs
I hear a little Orb, Cyberactif, Download and even Dead Can Dance circa their
first album - maybe not the same sound, but the same vibe, the same tone and
Mara's Torment's minimalist sound and uncommon sonic palette
sets it apart from contemporary ambient music. I'm glad to say nowhere on this
album will you hear a watered down hip-hop beat providing the rhythm track.
Dreams Like Mine offers some of the most relaxing and
soothing sounds you'll ever drift off to sleep to, however, the music is never
boring. After a night of heavy partying and raucous coitus, Dreams Like Mine
will provide the soundtrack to your dreams.
I still have no idea why Mara is tormented.
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