The World Beyond

by Akara

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Tully Haunting female vocals sung over trippy syncopated beats. I'm in hyperspace again... Favorite track: Resonance.
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KAI WANDRES beyond this world ! Favorite track: The Royal Antechamber.
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Tuukka Junnikkala If I described Akara's music to you, it would end up sounding more interesting than this album is in actuality. That is not to say that the album isn't any good at all. On the contrary, it has some very fine moments on it. It does not quite live up to my expectation, however, and I am left feeling there is more potential for Akara's music to reach new heights if pushed even further.

For those who enjoy electronic sounds, a myriad of real instruments, and mystical female vocals. Favorite track: Adoration of the Light.
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DJ COSMiXXX Excellent production and using real instruments for every song is just amazing. Akara gets better and better with each release.
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wildfirelink Akara does it again! This is truly incredible music here, and all the effort and heart put into this shows. Femke's melodic vocals perfectly complement and intertwine with the epic world sound created through the array of synths, strings & woodwinds. TWB evokes a sublime and larger than life atmosphere of beauty and mystery, with an incredible sense of buildup throughout each of the tracks. Wonderful album, highly recommended! Favorite track: Adoration of the Light.
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released August 5, 2013

Femke Weidema - vocals 1-6,8,9, accordion 4
Joshua Penman - vocals 3-5,8,9, keyboards, 1-6,8,9, harmonium 3,4, swar sangam 6, Tibetan cymbals 9

Noam Aharon - Indian mandolin 3,4
Alison Bjorkedal - harp 3,4,9
Andrew Duckles – viola 2-6,8,9
Vanessa Freebairn-Smith - cello 1-6,8,9
Maia Jasper – violin 2-6,8,9
Paul Klintworth - French horn 3,4,6,8,9
Mark Kroll – MIDI harpsichord 3-5,7,8
Charith Premawardhana - viola 2-6,8,9
Mark Robertson - violin 2-6,8,9
Karmen Suter - flute 2-4,6,8,9, alto flute 4, piccolo 9
Matthew Szemela – violin 2-5,8,9
Samsun von Loon - cello 1-5,8,9
Samuel Wexler - violin 2-5,8,9

composed, produced, and arranged by Joshua Penman
recorded by Joshua Penman, Zavosh Rad, and Scott McDowell
mixed by Eric Peterson and Joshua Penman
mastered by Kevin Metcalfe
cover art by Andrew Gonzalez
additional graphics by Mugwort Artemesia

thanks to Ava Penman, Lewis Lockwood, Johnathan Berk, Mugwort Artemesia, Samuel Wexler, Jason Busby, Emmanuelle Blanc, Akira Chan, Andrew Gonzales, Jesse Caddell, Susan Feder, Evan Bartholomew, Durian Songbird, Philip Heath, William Jerome, Brooks Lamb-Budny, and Gemini Ferrie



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Akara Los Angeles, California

Created by a conservatory-trained classical composer turned electronica producer, Akara's mystical dancefloor symphonies are songs of the luminous extradimensional beings, sung across the veil of reality.

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