This concept album interprets human challenges for knowing what is real in both ancient and modern era.
It is the story of a lost creature, surrounded by reality and illusion contradiction.
By naming the album as “What’s Real?” Rixa White recalls this essential question that we all ask through our life experiences.
“What’s Real?” is the second album of a sequel named “The Inner Journey”. All 11 tracks in this album are conceptually related and named based on their roles in the album story line. However, each track can be listened, felt and enjoyed distinctly.
The album cover image shows a fading shadow on fading water ripples in the dark which ends up to a dot. The shadow can be any creature diving into illusion. Both shadow and reflection on water does not exist by themselves which this, emphasizes the concept of what we believe and do may not be real.
The circle of light which is iconic in most Silentaria’s album covers is representing the enlightenment of who seeks the answer of “What’s Real?”.
The album starts with a mellow track, “Mirage”, which is a low-beat track using no percussion, while hearing very illusive sounds coming from a very far distance.
It is followed by the title track, “What’s Real?”. This second track contains a dialog between a robot asking about reality and an angel who answers him. The double sided style of the music is ear catching as its beat is techno-like and melody and instruments are classic.
The 3rd track is “Oceans of Illusion” that uses a bunch of illusive sounds creating a warm oceanic atmosphere in each of its three sections.
“Vital Doubts” is the 4th track and one of the two techno tracks in the album. The main characteristic of this up-beat track is its non-repeating full-length melody that is performed by a kind and friendly sound coming from a combination of four digital strings and flutes.
“Curtains over Eyes”, the 5th track uses Electric Guitar and horn-like instruments combined with strings and sitars to create a heroic atmosphere.
“Sorrowful Truth” comes in the 6th place and is totally Violin-based followed by some mild epic-romantic harmonic background melodies. The chorus of the track is both sorrowful and soothing Perhaps all can be told about is sorrow, sorrow and more sorrows.
The 7th track is “Deceived”, the only Rock genre track in the album. Electric Guitar plays the main gear of the track but its combination with violins and strings makes a multi-style atmosphere. Human choir also emphasizes the spiritual atmosphere of the track. All four parts are related to each other as a whole story and rebellion and objection are lucidly encouraged in all parts.
The other electronic techno track appears in 8th place named “Real Fantasia”. Its melody is mainly a long repeated sentence with lots of non-repeated harmonic background melodies that projects a kind of happiness in a visionary Fantasia. Almost all sounds are electronic in this track.
In this album, “Consciousness”, the 9th one, is very special. Repeating the Consciousness word combined with metal-like percussions in the background recalls spiritual temples atmosphere. Its spiritual concept is brought up with a techno style and variable melodies performed by electronic instruments even Electric Guitars. The vocals are totally computer-generated human voices.
The 10th track is “Diversion” mainly having a modern Epic atmosphere in both its harmonic intro and main part by using Brass and Strings combined with background Pads and smart Basses.
”Echoes from East”, the 11th and last track, has a World genre and contains a variety of Middle Eastern melodies performed by Turkish, Persian and Arabic instruments and percussions.