After over a decade in the making, Sira Garcias has married her two life passions in music and alternative medicine, for her latest release ‘The Tree of Life and the Strength of Moving On, Pt.2’. The album intends to help listeners relax and meditate through compositions that incorporate classical nuances and serene instrumentals. From its birth as something for her patients to listen to in her clinic, the album evolved into a tool for a much wider audience. It aims to support them in bringing peace into their lives regardless of where they were, while offering an external source of tranquillity to help develop an internal one.
The album itself is mesmerising. Opening on ‘Hello’, which fuses sounds straight from a childhood music box with emotive strings and a steady piano to create a feeling of nostalgic calm that washes over the listener. It is hauntingly beautiful and an excellent taste of what’s to come as the album continues. ‘Forever’ is much more stripped-down, with the lilting piano taking centre stage. There is a solid artistic identity maintained throughout the entire album, so even when songs may not have exact tonal matches, the listener is never left feeling disjointed or lost – a remarkable consistency when creating something to aid relaxation. This consistency is evident in the shift from ‘Forever’ to ‘Corruption’, which feels more theatrical in its presentation. Creating a track that feels both grounded and immense is a tricky balance to strike, but Sira achieves that with all the tracks featured on ‘The Tree of Life and the Strength of Moving On, Pt.2’.
‘Religions’ feels straight from a fantasy world, with soft percussion driving the song along; it allows for layers of depth to exist whilst maintaining a whimsical flair. It ebbs and flows naturally, adding ease to both the music and the audience experiencing it. ‘Chinatown’ is scored with sounds of a bustling social space which grounds the track and gives way to a sweet and joyful melody. It mirrors atmospheres of comfort and safety in the listener, adding a new dynamic to the album and introducing more nods to nostalgia. ‘Rainbow’ seeps itself in romanticism and is a softer composition that seems heartfelt from start to finish. Another stripped-down track, but it never lacks style or emotion. It is clean in its composition and production, an excellent combination when done correctly.
The album closes on ‘Corruption (The Awakening)’, which introduces skilful acoustic guitar that meshes well with the surrounding instrumental. Compared to the opening ‘Hello’, this track feels much more grown-up in its melody, a solid contrast that further creates a narrative. The track contains satisfying swells, mixes classical nuances, and gives a triumphant edge to a satisfying end to the spiritual journey that the audience has just immersed themselves in.
Overall, ‘The Tree of Life and the Strength of Moving On, Pt.2’ is pure in its intent and ethereal in the presentation. Sira has poured knowledge and passion in equal bouts into the album, creating a product that genuinely sounds transcendental. If you’re looking for escapism or something to help you relax, you need to look no further than this.
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