Aranis is one of the most remarkable groups from Belgium at this moment. From their first album on, their music has a unique style and a very own identity. The group brings eleven new compositions all composed by bass player Joris Vanvinckenroye, to my opinion one of the most interesting Belgian composers and musicians in many years. With flutes, violin, viola, accordion, piano, guitar and a newly added drummer, Roqueforte turns out to be a quit serious listening experience. From complex heavy classical theme’s to soundtrack of a film noir. From theatrical, almost bombastic music to fragile and small melodies. From fragments of tango to pieces of a desolate circus orchestra. Impossible to describe this music that creates images, creates complete landscapes. Aranis turns my world upside down, not an album that is suitable for each moment of the day, this album needs time, a peaceful living room and a bit dark, windy and rainy autumn Sunday evening. This is modern Belgium acoustic music at its best.
© Eelco Schilder