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  • Muzik First


Historically, the magic of AURORA’s music has been her ability to combine dreamy folk-pop arrangements and lilting vocals with dark, even disturbing, lyricism. On her newest full-length, "The Gods We Can Touch," she proves she's still got it. Though, here she largely avoids the societal commentary that often permeated her previous work in favour of a more intimate examination of love - and of all the joys and horrors that ensue from it. This juxtaposition is best captured in “A Dangerous Thing.” The seemingly sweet and innocent is subverted by Tori Amos-Esque, off-kilter piano playing that suggests a brewing storm. Meanwhile, album highlight and pre-release single “Heathens” blurs the boundary between what is inherently good and evil, offering an ode to the Biblical Eve and painting her as a saviour who gifted humankind free will - acknowledging the inherent terror and boundless opportunity this entailed. “Exist For Love” best captures the sentiment expressed by this album’s title - the idea of love as something deeply spiritual, the closest thing we have to heaven on earth. The song’s focus begins expansively, but it soon moves to the intimate and personal, where she excels. Here, she makes not just love - but her music - sound like heaven on earth. Here she is not just a musician but a generational talent capable of creating transfixing otherworlds and an ethereal masterpiece with "The Gods We Can Touch."

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