Visapkārt is a Latvian word meaning “all around” or “immersive,” and a fitting title for Auļi’s latest album. The instrumental bagpipe and drum group recorded Visapkārt using Dolby Atmos, a format typically reserved for film, but recently embraced by cutting edge artists for its ability to immerse listeners in music. Auļi adopted the technology for the experience of “unlimited spaciousness” and the true-to-life experience of each instrument.
Auļi’s upbeat but relaxing ambient tracks feel like they were made for Atmos. Listen in your home theater at the end of a long day to float away, feeling truly surrounded by the album’s twelve tracks and the group’s 10 multi instrumentalist band members.
Auļi describes their hypnotic sound as “Ethno trance” (etnotranss). Band members include six bagpipers, three drummers, and one bass player, and they’ve been creating music since 2003.