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LYS: Melisse

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jun 29 2004
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Artist: LYS
Title: Melisse
Format: CD
Label: Prikosnovenie (@)
Rated: *****

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After three years of preparation Lys (which is the personal project of Frederic Chaplain, Prikosnovenie's manager) released his second album MELISSE. The twelve tracks of the CD sum the label's intentions and flavors by mixing oriental samples with shamanic voices and poetry. Lys music has got ethnic influences as well as ambient and trip hop solutions thanks also to the collaboration of Liz Van Dort of Faraway (on "Zen"), Cecile Rabhi of Anassane (on "M'h'ta"), Mihaela Repina of PinknRuby (on "Rebirth"), Steve Roach, Francesco Banchini of Gor (on "Aranda"), Aziz El Hachabe of Gnawa Musician of Fes (he plays vionlin of "Des rivages atlantes"). Even if so many people helped Frederic for the realisation of this second album, the tracklist is well balanced and generally you can find a dreamy atmosphere along all the CD. Even if some tracks are mostly based on rhythm, the effect doesn't change that much and during all the album you'll find yourself floating between chants and melancholic melodies. My preferred tracks are the opening "Ma Hata", the beautiful "Melisse" (its melody is really relaxing and catchy while water sounds calm your spirit) and "Fleur carnivore" (a tense ambient track with ethnic percussions based on loops and whispers with some vocalisation that change its atmosphere on the final minute).
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Artist: Monstrum Sepsis (@)
Title: Deep Sea Creatures
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: WTII Records (@)
Rated: *****

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Written & composed by Rob Wentz with additional instrumentation from Paul Karlik & guest vocals from Shikhee of Android Lust. This is the Monstrum Sepsis' debut on their new label WTII Records which also features a host of great new Industrial, EBM, and Darkwave such as cut.rate.box, In Strict Confidence, Beborn Beton, Arcanta, Melotron, Regenerator, Trigger10D, & Stromkern. Experimenting with Industrial, EBM, Noise, and other subterranean rhythms and melodies I'm fast wishing I'd had more time to review this sooner! The CD layout and cover features primordial-looking semi-transparent blue jellyfish like creatures gracefully floating in a sea of darkness. I find this an apt artistic design for this work especially when combined with the futuristic LCD readout stylings. This music is definitely ethereal and transient, an album that would easily be appreciated by dark-ambient artists and fans. At the same time, this release also has upbeat dancefloor appeal. It sort of reminds me of an industrial version of Sven Vath's "Accident In Paradise" with it's continual flow ebbing between melodrama and ambience and hard-hitting trancey dance tracks. Excellent work! I can see why my friends at WTII picked up on it so readily. A healthy addition to any true music lover's collection!Also check out Doors & Windows, the companion to and first EP from Monstrum Sepsis' critically acclaimed full length, Deep Sea Creatures.