Almost forty-three minutes long, the record has ten tracks: 1) Far From Home; 2) The Way the World Was; 3) In Exchange For a Memory; 4) Windows In a Stone Wall; 5) Of the Sea; 6) Laurelin; 7) All I See Are Stars; 8) Shadow & Flame (The Deep); 9) Hallowed Hills; 10) The Dawn Voyage; with a slow and patient degree of creative passion, the group certainly displays a formidable and highly original degree of musical authenticity, that rests in very sober, but deeply graceful and resonant harmonies. With a salutary, but mostly diluted sonorous diagram, Arda reveals itself to be an effectively audacious and virtues collection of vivacious, though melancholic symphonies, whose imperatively genuine and sagacious ambitions conceives a mordaciously superior standard for the genre, carrying out a sincere and voracious creative resolution, that really seems capable of suppressing stylistic limitations and technical or rhythmic utilitarianism.
Like an ocean of serenity that reflects the tenacity of a personal universe of tender and everlasting tranquility, the music of Driving Slow Motion is literally a sonorous version of paradise. With elegant, though sophisticated harmonies – and a complex sensibility that really understands the organic commotion of its creative and discreet synergy – whose impulses drive the melodies to an infinite horizon of colorless resignation, Arda certainly can be considered a majestic masterpiece, that not only rejuvenates the genre in its musical anatomy, but stylistically, designs a convoluted atmosphere of sound, that renovates its own hyperboles of introspective inventiveness.
A great album by all means, Driving Slow Motion is a band whose immensurable and extraordinary musical disposition can give to the genre a more refined, positive and original sonorous outlook. With a highly graceful and vivid style – that leaves no place for generic creative commonalities, nor monotony or predictabilities –, Arda deserves to be qualified as not just one of the best albums of the current year, but as one of the best ever recorded in the recent history of post rock.