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Across the release’s six tracks, the listener is sucked into Newcastle band HAV’s world and willingly held captive for its duration. Caught in a bubble, the project floats you up between the clouds and leaves you suspended, hanging over a Celtic paradise. As endless greenery, interspersed with a babbling brook that unwinds into the blue of the sky become visible and tangible, the tranquillity and warmth emanating from this ambient folk record is staggering.

The album feels authentic and experienced, as each story is brilliantly retold for the listener. The cohesive release unfolds, chapter by chapter, until their narrative finds its natural conclusion. Wrapping traditional Scottish instrumentation around neo-classical compositions, ornamented hypnotic loops and twinkling alterations, the album feels unfailingly honest and genuine from beginning to end. As melancholy pianos are gently embraced and elevated by a calculated and emotionally driven assortment of sounds, each section of the release is poignant and touching.

Haar is the second album to come from HAV, yet their sound already feels complete and impactful. Each transition from the grandiose to the soberingly isolated feels human, with minimal lyrics the band tell a very clear and personal story about the changing of times and the need to persist through darkness to find the light. When vocals are used, Iona Fyfe and Bridie Jackson encapsulate the album’s heart perfectly

HAV release Haar on 2nd July


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