11.05 Revival - A powerful message in the 11th Hour series from Mars, dedicated to the protection of our fragile planet. Mars continues to explore serenity, majesty and conflict in his compositions, with soaring melodies and intensely textural audio landscapes. This collection is a must for your 11th Hour series.
11:05 Revival - Mars Lasar
2008/Sound Manipulations Inc.
Reviewed by Michael Debbage
The Eleventh Hour Series was born back in the year 1993 at a time when New Age instrumental music was at its peak of popularity. The first in the series featured the very popular track “Cellular City” that received significant radio airplay. Though the genre has since been almost wiped out, commercially speaking, Lasar continues to be one of the top dogs of instrumental music, consistently creating insightful and compelling music. Meanwhile, the Eleventh Hour Series resumes with Lasar’s latest musical smorgasbord of songs dedicated to the honor and fragility of Mother Earth.
With a total of eleven tracks, the album opens with the funky but brooding “Earthbound”, driven by a rhythmic bass, swirling keyboards and detailed percussive embellishments. Similar arrangements can be found on “Globalization”, though the melody and vocal chants bring a more significant level of optimism and inspiration. Speaking of inspiration, one of the album's most memorable arrangements can be found on the flowing mid-paced “Graceful Orbit” that showcases Mars Lasar’s ability to display his technical ability for detail without distracting from the gorgeous melody that will deeply bury itself into your memory bank. Close your eyes and let the magical musical experience and your imagination allow you to be transported to your own weightless space walk, floating in the vast starry sky above our wonderful earth.
Most of the remainder of the album centers around mid-tempo creations such as the unusual but compelling “Celestial Challenge” that includes an assortment of keyboard shenanigans, vocal chants and flirtatious flute work. Speaking of flirtatious, skip forward to the sultry, jazzy “By The Sea” featuring Cadence Spalding on vocals. For those of you who remember the movie "The Fabulous Baker Brothers," the song parallels the steamy scene of Michelle Pfeiffer’s red dress song performance on the piano.
In complete contrast, Lasar concludes the album with the stripped down tender “Evolution”, illustrating the artist’s ability to be comfortable in a multitude of musical skins. This element is one of many aspects that continue to keep the Eleventh Hour Series and the music of Mars Lasar intriguing, inspiring and so far removed from being insipid.
Filmmaker Derek K. Milton
British Columbia, Canada
I was one of the lucky ones to receive the latest musical creation from instrumental artist, Mars Lasar. In short, his wonderful new album; "11:05 Revival." I have to tell you folks, you have to get your hands on this one.
As we all know, music is personal. Falling love with a style of music is as diverse as falling in love with a specific person. Some love country, others rock or punk, others easy listening while others yet live within classical or something deeply alternative. Either way, no matter the genre, we all get our
fill of musical fixation because that's what our desires, feelings and passion demands and leads us to. However... magically... that's the great thing about Mars Lasar and his 'stand alone' music. There seems to be a sprinkling of something unique that can perk the interest of every last music lover out
there, no matter what realm of music they choose to live in. Mars has a way of touching all of us and "11:05 Revival" is a fantastic example of how that reality rings true.
As I sat listening to this tapestry of melodies from this fabulous new album, I couldn't help but marvel at how Mars has an amazing ability to have his listeners 'move' to his sounds. It's his gift. One cannot listen to 11:05, or any other of his amazing works, without some part of their body moving. It's what he does so well and for the rest of us, thank God he does. 11:05 Revival is a must have for our CD collection. If you don't have it, you're missing out
on a slice of magic.
By John Olsen at www.newagemusic.nu
The conservation minded 11.05 Revival release from Mars Lasar is the most recent project in the Eleventh Hour Series to make a significant statement in both the trademark designer music Mars continues to envision and next in series dedication to protection of our planet that arrives with just in time precision.
The Eleventh Hour Series relies on an El ec tronic Instrumental infrastructure to get the message out, and it now appears clear Mars was just ahead of his time with the series. H is deep exploratory music touches the senses while beating a constant rhythm in music lover’s hearts, exactly when a new resurgence in conservation is suddenly thrust into the forefront of the next generation’s minds.
11.05 Revival on the Sound Manipulation label approaches every aspect of Eclectic, Electronic, Instrumental & New Age Groove, canvassing the inherent beauty and peaceful serenity of our magnificent planet in an epic and colorful illustration drawn from one man’s timely musical perspective.
Earthbound exhibits a strong opening by first reaching out to grab, and then capture your attention by a distinctive percussion rhythm that steadily glides into full keyboard environment, giving a pulsating melody in motion testimonial. During refrains, choral vocals announce a clear message while swaying melody acts like a pendulum to once again move in countermotion behind the energizing concept.
Parallel World s permits you to breath again while navigating at a gentler pace during orchestration crescendo that nicely revolve s around lighter percussion, woodwinds, and twinkling effects, giving brief moments of interlude during this unilateral event .
Some of the introspective songs heard on 11.05 Revival could be perceived as a warning for our ecological in-actions and resulting consequence to humanity, since several songs have a deep perilous atmosphere that rightfully command your attentio n.
Globalizat ion conjures up equally deep and lighter emotions by modifying sound images in this majestic song that uniquely articulates the projection of imagery during his compositio ns. The deeply integrated keyboard and vocals are centered by a twinkling sequence to mirror the bright reflection of a full moon and resulting tidal effect.
Ancient Astronaut & Final Countd own take giant leaps onto the planetary surface of ambience, having an audible feel of intensity in their own dom ain.
While one song is geared to a constant percussion countdown timed to the precision of a second hand with far reaching melody, another explores rich orchestration by engaging brass, winds and strings that seem to defy gravity by dynamic theatrics alongside intertwined lighter and deeper orchestra concer tos.
Next Mille nnium has a design of the future piano melody with counter beat notes and intriguing voice box dialog that likewise competes for your atten tion. Moderate patterns then return with several songs set to a mid tempo pace and feel like hear d in Evol u tion.
Graceful Orbit has a cycling pattern by the static e ffect, strings, and choir vocals, while Celestial Cha llenge has a voice box dialog along with flute in an engaging improv sequenc e and Guide To The Ozone shows a nice blend of instrumentals drawn into softer melodies that float along accord ingly.
By The Sea ushers in the pleasingly relaxing voice of Cadence Spalding, where Contemporary Jazz is introduced to softer classic vocals alongside piano and saxophone accompa niment, lending a soulful and poetic touch which nicely compl iments 11.05 Revival and newest release in the Eleventh Hour Series.
Mars Lasar has truly made a bold testimonial in this timely masterpiece, renewing the true spirit beh ind the Eleventh Hou r Series while also personifying his dedication to conservation music legacy. The positive aspects of our world worth saving are clearly shown in unison with the extreme challenges ahead, exactly when the music of today’s generation and inherent staff of conservation awareness is carefully relayed into the open arms of the next generation.