Release Date: June 30, 2021
Label: Sound ManipulationsMars Larsar's website states his music is predominantly electronic, and it also contains elements of jazz, pop, world, ambient, and rock. I can agree with that assessment.
Coastal Escape was released this summer. This album was my introduction to this multi-talented music man. He also has a vast discography with an array of subject matters that boggles the mind. While the piano is his main instrument of passion, he creates electronic soundscapes of absolute beauty.
Right from the beginning, with the opener "Big Sur Skies," I was captivated. The entire recording succeeds in capturing the subject matter of water in the different forms that mother earth delivers to us. Along with the purity of water, the essence of all life, the sunsets, and beaches are portrayed beautifully. With "California Dreams," I believe it has always typified songs to follow those dreams, all of the sunny beaches and the gorgeous sunsets. As you make your way through this listen, you may feel euphoria, excitement, relaxation, or all of those things in one track.
I particularly enjoyed the electric guitar in this music, which is not common in the new age genre. It is all tastefully done and placed perfectly when the artist uses it. That is the key to giving the listener some energy and creating more color in a track. I heard so much in every way; it was impressive.
"Glass Beach" for example, has the sounds of the surf and seagulls to give the sensation of being there. That is one example of many to be discovered. I love the ocean, the warmth of the sun, and all the sounds that are part of that experience. To hear it all come to life through my speakers was very comforting, and it took me there. I have not been there in a few years now and miss it terribly. I have promised myself to return next year. The music and track titles made me think of the beautiful times I spent on the beach with my loved ones. To me, the world is perfect in that scenario. The music made it easy for me to go there, which is the whole point of this music. It works!
Mar's Lasar has created and delivered something extraordinary and close to my heart. At times it takes the music to put everything into proper perspective. If you seek a pure experience that comes in the form of audio with music and sounds of nature, you are in for a journey you never shall forget.
Coastal Escape is what it says it is. I found my true self in this music, and I am very grateful to have had the experience. The human condition weaves its way through every track's fabric, which is why it was so easy to relate to on many levels.
Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck-New Age Music Reviews Founder
November 6, 2021
01. Big Sur Skies 3:58
02. Valley of the Giants Revisited 4:14
03. California Dreams 3:44
04. Carmel Midnight Shores 4:17
05. Enchanted Forest 4:10
06. Glass Beach 3:37
07. Mendocino Love 4:00
08. Sea Arch Sunset 5:01
09. Lost Coast Trail 4:36
10. Little River 4:26