Music and art is a powerful thing. When the right kind of art is made, it can be used as a tool to inspire, a tool to move people to do great things. Sometimes music moves you just a little, sometimes it moves you a lot but in the case of La Marionnette, this piece of art moved mountains for me. This album is truly a one of a kind experience and is enjoyable from front to back.
RÊVE is a 5-piece band based out of Baltimore, Maryland, made up of Athena Hiotis (Vocals, Keys and Rhythm Guitar), Nicholas Kosmas (Bass Guitar), Shareef Taher (Drums, Percussion), Benjamin Hoyt (Violin), Alejandro Fariña (Lead Guitar). Their new album La Marionnette was released today, September 20, 2016. The album features Kacy Clopton on cello and was mixed and mastered by Tony Corelli of Deep End Studios. La Marionnette is available on all major outlets including iTunes, Bandcamp, Spotify, and Youtube.
The album begins with an instrumental piece called “Chanson Des Rêves Heureux.” A solo piano builds into an orchestral type arrangement featuring violin, cello, guitar, and electronic elements letting you know you are in for a truly musical composition. After that arrangement there is hard stop into the track “Marionettes” which is a stark contrast from the previous track. “Marionettes” opens up with a crunchy almost punk like guitar riff that leads into a hard hitting song about being controlled. The musicality is still there but much more in your face. You can see the short film for “Marionettes,” released back in August, on YouTube.
It’s clear that the album was obsessed over because the flow continues in the same manner moving from one musical approach to another, while still remaining cohesive and with a consistent lyrical theme throughout. Encompassing many different genres and taking a fresh approach on mixing different genres together, La Marionnette is an experience from front to back. Touching on themes about manipulation, struggle, true love and redemption the album almost works like a novel, telling a story without being so specific that you can’t make the story your own. Some standout tracks are “Like Moths,” “Agency and Accountability,” “Inertia,” and “Maid of Heaven.”
RÊVE has been building up for this release for over a year. The effort has clearly paid off because the album is spectacular. Enjoy videos from La Marionettes that were released leading up to the album below.