The extraordinary new age vocalist and songwriter SORA describes her music on her website as “ethereal new world music” and “emotional landscapes.” Those seem good for descriptions. Her new album is titled SCORPION MOON and it is a powerful artistic statement.
In her background materials, Sora says that she believes “artists need to show both sides of life -- the light and the dark, joy and sorrow, urban versus nature, birth/rebirth but also death, ancient and modern, this physical realm as well as otherworldly places.” That is just what she does on this album. She captures the yin-yang of virtually every situation that she sings about, and, as that Oriental philosophy encapsulates, Sora brings the pieces together into a symmetrical shape (or brings the circle ‘round, if you will). To fully appreciate what she is singing about, it helps to read the lyrics included inside the album. On some tunes it is easy to understand the words, but sometimes her powerful, soaring voice enters the operatic-stratosphere and reading the lyrics along with the music adds insights and poignancy to her art.
She grew up studying folk music and classical, and it all comes through on this recording. But since her music does not strictly fall into either category in today’s world, she gets put into the new age music genre because that is where they currently drop ethereal singers, world-music instrumentation, neo-classical and Celtic -- and her music has bits of all of that.
This album is heartily recommended to anyone who is already a fan of Sora’s, anyone who likes a clear and strong and soaring female vocalist, and anyone who enjoys lyrics based on age-old stories, myths and legendary characters. It’s like children’s fairytales reworked for adult consumption. Feed my sweet-tooth, sugar-plum fairy.