By Paris365 on January 14, 2013

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Kilk Records

Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Daichi Mori is back with Aureole's third album, their second on Kilk Records. As with 2010's Imaginary Truth, it's impossible to categorize Aureole's sound, their eclectic music often shifting from one genre to another to another within the context of a single song. If I had to try to describe their sound I'd say electronic meets post-rock meets minimalist meets psychedelic meets new age. Mori's greatest strength, perhaps, is his ability to select elements from so many styles of music and mesh them together in his own highly original songs. If I had to compare Aureole's colorful, experimental music to other artists I'd have to go with Radiohead and Sigur Ros.

The kaleidoscopic voyage of Imaginary Truth continues here on Reincarnation, revealing new patterns and exciting colors. Mori clearly has a wealth of ideas running through his head. Sometimes he focuses on one. At other times it seems like he's focusing on a half-dozen all at once, which is when he yields some of his best results. But, beyond all of the studio wizardry, the songwriting is the heart of his music.

The album's beautiful opening song, "Spirit Wander Field," is a dreamy, Beatles-esque track that is perhaps Aureole's most traditional verse chorus verse song to date, though the songs that follow are generally much more experimental. "Dell," for example, begins with an electronic sound reminiscent of Bjork's Volta album, though more and more live instruments are introduced as the song progresses and it feels more like a psychedelic rock song by the time it's over. Another highlight is the hypnotic and haunting "Suicide," which isn't nearly as morbid as you'd expect a song called "Suicide" to be. On the contrary, it's actually quite gorgeous and filled my head with images of butterflies and rainbows. Given the album's title, perhaps Mori wanted the song to be uplifting, assuming that he believes suicide leads to reincarnation? (Check out the amazing video below.) I really can't begin to ponder what he thinks, however, being that I don't know Japanese and thus don't understand the lyrics.

My favorite track on Reincarnation is the closing song, "Leave," which is essentially a piano ballad. It almost sounds like something Elton John would have done in the '70's.

The album's greatest achievement may very well be that it makes you feel like dying isn't so terrible after all, making one feel like one will someday be a phoenix rising from the flames. Aside from that, you can live vicariously through Aureole as they revel in their joyous moments or experience little moments of terror you'd like to avoid. -Michael McCarthy

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