Published on May 2, 2012
Fearless is dedicated to all soldiers who Fight for our Freedom! This is not about politicians or religion! Its also dedicated to my nephew who has Served his Country Bravely! All downloads of this track will go to Help For Heros!
Label Kusha Deep Records
The Soul Hours is a brand new album out on Kusha Deep Records by an Artist called Dar.Ra which is currently breathing life into the radio and film world around the globe.
The album already described by some as 'Brit Soul At Its Finest' has just been licensed to the American TV network ABC for a forthcoming movie and also has a release through one of the biggest distributors of music in China in the next few months and featured as album and artist of the week on Heart FM in Spain.
The singles Fly 2 Nite and Start Again have warmed the airwaves of UK Independent Radio over the past year, which is adding to the profile of the album.
Written by Dar.Ra over a ten year period while living in Australia, NZ and the UK a ingredient which gives the music a well travelled feel, clearly expressed in tracks like 'Shadow Of The Sun' and 'Start Again'.
The whole concept of the recording is based on recurring themes, such as breaking through the trappings of expectations that society places on us, from cradle to grave and above all asking questions like why we carry on living lives that we are not happy being in.
As you listen to songs such as 'Pressure' and 'Let Love Be Your Religion' you are lifted by the rousing soulful rhythms', but as you tune into the actual words you start to hear the underlying themes being cried out.
Songs such as 'Fearless' and 'Red White and Blue' pay homage to the troops serving in the theatres of conflict and though like many it supports them, it still asks the question why it's necessary for humans to have to resolve differences this way.
There are however tender moments on this recording such as a beautiful ballad called 'Safe In Ur Arms' which is passionate and a well arranged track with a string quartet, Spanish guitars and a powerful vocal seen through the eyes of lovers apart, and wishing for reunion.
Dar.Ra's credits go back to the 90's when he was signed as an artist to Chrysalis/EMI and achieved top 40 hits with dance acts Taste Of Paradise, Bliss and also had a number one dance track with Urban Harmonix called 'The Pleasure Zone' feat Rachel Brown who also worked with Faithless and Groove Armada.
Throwing aside his dance floor productions, Dar.Ra opted for a strictly live feel on the album, with the band having to cut parts in one take.
Organic is the the way forward and the way that Dar.Ra approaches his writing, recently being asked to write tracks for a documentary on the street kids of Brazil by an NYC based film production team. Instead of hitting the computer and knocking a few beats out, Dar.Ra wrote the tracks on an acoustic guitar and a piano and played them live over Skype for the team to hear before it got recorded. They were delighted to hear the idea in that form and gave him the green light.
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