Cara have been making music for 10 years and this is their 4th studio album. With each offering their sound is developing and strengthening and on this album called Horizon they must be reaching their creative peak. It’s a definite evolution of their sound and by the second listen you are hooked. Original compositions dominate, 8 in total with arrangements that push them into new and more complex territory.  While Celtic/traditional at heart their music now takes on rhythms and arrangements from other genres.  The opening number Take Flight is a full collaborative number that inches into near pop territory with its rhythms and refrain.  The second track Masters of Consequence has a similar funky introduction with bass and keyboards but very quickly evolves into the more familiar Cara sound that has established them as one of Europe's top acts.  The addition of Kim Edgar on piano and vocals, replacing Jeana Leslie has brought with it a strong Scottish strand reflecting her Edinburgh upbringing and classical piano background.  This is evident on the superb murder ballad Blood, Ice and Ashes and she continues the Cara tradition of double lead vocals.  Odd Rythmns is another challenging number that you can listen to on the audio below.  Other band members include Gudrun Walther, Ryan Murphy, Jurgen Treyz and Rolf Wagels.

The strength of the album is the result of some road testing they have done over the course of the last year while touring.  In the studio they also record a lot of their material in a semi live setting thereby giving it the energy and vitality that defines their sound.  The pipes of Ryan Murphy in particular are put to great use as he soars in and out of many of the numbers.  The complicated multi layered arrangement must have been challenging to tie down. They haven't taken the easy approach and are pushing themselves at every turn.  It’s paid off because Horizon is an adventurous whirlwind of an album that delivers some great music.   It should further cement their position in Europe and will hopefully bring their music further afield. Horizon may finally bring them the recognition they deserve as one of the best groups on any continent. 

To purchase visit : www.cara-music.com

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Comment by Jayne Warner on December 9, 2013 at 14:03

Certainly agree. We saw them at Château D'Ars in August. Queued up for a CD afterwards as we both enjoyed it so much. Santa will be bringing me Horizon  :)

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