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"Avira" is the second solo recording by Japanese keyboardist and composer Satoshi Murata, using the moniker of AVIRA for his work. If you read my review of the project's debut effort, "Moss" from 2004, you will have quite a good idea of "Avira" as well, as there is much common ground between both creations, even though the hero of this occasion features only one track, of the same name and is generally an almost irresistible thing. This magnificent 42+-minute suite only begins and ends with relatively quiet (yet still highly eclectic) arrangements, drawing something halfway between organ- and space music. Otherwise it brings together symphonic, minimalist, metal, improvisational and clearly avant-garde constructions into one really unique meta-architecture (Fifth Element!) that I associate with one of the darkest and, at the same time, most intriguing gothic novels. The drums are very well programmed this time around and have a very convincing sound, though of course, it would be better if Satoshi would join his efforts with a real drummer. In any event, I highly recommend this both unique and challenging recording to anyone with a taste for avant-garde music.
VM: June 14, 2007
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