You know the sound, and that particular voice creeping into your mind, giving you the chills through its soft and comfortable form. It’s IRAH and it’s Stine Grøn’s wonderful voice you’re hearing, on the radio or when playing your favourite alternative electro playlist.
IRAH, the trio from Copenhagen, has released an awaited mini album… And it is everything we’ve expected from the band. It’s got a dreamy, floating, spherical and thought-inducing vibe that you cannot refrain from loving.
The mini album consists of eight tracks starting with IRAH’s latest released single ‘Fast Travelling’. If it sounds familiar, then you’ve probably heard it on the radio, together with their other radio hits ‘Mirroring’ and ‘Into Dimensions’ being the first we heard from IRAH.
Like its predecessors, ‘Fast Travelling’ is an intensely composed song that builds up from a soft and airy vocal beginning, turning into a more dynamic setup with deep bass drums and wavy synth vibes, while the vocals keep echoing in and out of the audio space. It’s comfortable, it makes you feel good and you can almost see the brown leafs falling from the trees, being taken by the wind to float into the unknown space on the waves of IRAH’s soft sounds.
Okay, that was a bit too much, I admit it! But I was listening to this album while biking on my way to work on a dark morning, and ‘Fast travelling’ just fitted right in that windy fall atmosphere.
Another highlight of this album is ‘Above My Knees’. Its melody is emphasised by deep thumping drums and a dark roaring bass vibrating continuously below the contrasting and crystal clear vocals – another exciting way of creating a dramatic contrast to the calm surface of the track.
Besides the slightly fast-tracked songs already mentioned, the album also contains calm, almost meditational songs such as ‘Moon’, ‘Interlude’. They are both very enjoyable and ‘chantingly’ mesmerising. Especially the instrumental ‘Interlude’ makes your thoughts wander to Native American surroundings where nature, spirits and Pocahontas’ ancestors were respected beings. These images just pop up, when listening to the vocals ‘chanting’ from one ear to the other.
IRAH has put together a great piece of a mini album. And I have to say that their instrumental and bass vibrating style, is very similar to Massive Attack’s whole setup; the deep, roaring bass, soft vocals and synthesised vibes. Yes, very much alike. And this is a comparison IRAH can only be proud of, ‘cause who wouldn’t love to sound like a trip-hop Massive Attack inspired band?? Exactly… We sure as hell love IRAH for it.
Check out ‘Into Dimensions’ from IRAH on your favourite streaming service!
We've been eagerly awaiting this mini-album, and it's everything we hoped it would be. Sit back and enjoy this wonderful piece of art from IRAH! (5/6)