If you want to get the full effect of this album, turn of all the lights in your room, maybe light a candle and listen to the whole thing in it’s entirety. Because Mar’s The Silence is incredibly creepy and strange and Dark-Side-of-the-Moon-esque, and it deserves an appropriate listening setting. Not going to lie, it kind of freaked me out a bit when I first started listening to it, but in a good way. Mar’s sound is low and full of minor chords and extremely slow drum beats, and it’s kind of funky. If you like Animal Collective or Pink Floyd, or if you’re just into weird experimental music in general, you would like this album. Beware, though – there is a track called “Red Rum” (a reference to the movie The Shining), if that gives you any clue into its creepiness. Mar is a collective of a bunch of different musicians hailing all the way from Arkansas to make you feel uncomfortable with their unsettling tunes, and they will probably succeed in doing so. So sit back, put this album on in your tiny dorm room, and contemplate the awesome crazy things you can do with music if you’re willing to engage in a little experimentation....
-- Elena Solli
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