The sound of Self-Mystery Girl

Some people ask me how I made the guitar sound of the new song “Self-Mystery Girl”, so I write this article to explain my goal and how I reached it.

First of all the guitar I used for this song is a Fender Stratocaster american model. It features three single coil pickups and I used the position bridge/middle in clean sound.

Lyncelia Fender Self Mystery Girl

After the guitar, I wanted an analog feel so during last years I took analog pedal and I can say that the sound is largely superior to digital ones. This is not a legend that analog pedals are more musical with their unperfection than Digital ones with their perfect restitution of sound.

For “Self-Mystery Girl” I used three stomp pedals:

Lyncelia Self Mystery Girl effects Pedals

 

The MXR Flanger has a really interesting sound, from very subtle to outrageous Jet plane effect. The sound is less brilliant than an Electric Mistress and it fits perfectly this the very clean and brilliant sound of the Fender. While Flanger is a modulation effects, it could be too much but the MXR always fits in the mix without being too presents.

Lyncelia Flanger

 

The Delay pedals is an Electro Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man. It’s an analog delay but with tap tempo sync on 1/4. The sound is very dreamy and aerial and always musical. It gives the perfect level of space without being too invading due to its analog path. The sound is largely warmer than Digital Delay that tends to be too clean for me now (I used it for many years and since I played the Memory Man, Digital Delay seems to be a little less personal for me).

Lyncelia Delay

 

And last, I used the TC Electronic Arena Reverb. It’s a Digital Delay (the only one on my pedal board) but the sound is very warm, pristine and pure. It gives the extra space I wanted without being too much. Reverb tends to drown easily your sound in the mix but not the Arena, all fits perfect in the mix.

Lyncelia Arena

 

I didn’t talked about the amp. I used Native Instruments Guitar Rig 5 Pro amp simulator. For this song I used a Marshall Plexi simulation. It’s been a while I used this software and I love it cause it’s simple but very versatile. I used amp simulation cause I can get the sound I want anywhere, any time. No need to do real mic positions in front of a real amp, all is set in the software.

“Self-Mystery Girl” new single and video available

Have you ever felt the mystery of a girl just by looking to her eyes?

Our new hit single video “Self-Mystery Girl” is now available on our channel and the song is also available on Digital Download on our shop www.lyncelia.com/lyncelia-shop and on Bandcamp www.lyncelia.bandcamp.com .

It’s the first song since our last album “Forsaken Innocence” (2016) and it starts a process of posting songs all along the year, and at least it will form an entire album of 7 songs.

This song is anchored in ColdWave reminding the best hours of The Cure or The Sisters of Mercy but with the particularity that characterizes Lyncelia since our very first album “Lovelorn” in 2010.

With “Self-Mystery Girl” We makes the perfect synthesis between our past, present and future and all these influences by mixing Gothic-Rock with ColdWave.

 

 

Lyncelia 10 Years, article #6: Sorry Angel

Lyncelia Sorry Angel compilation Couleur Gainsbourg (2011)

For this 6th article, I come back on our cover of “Sorry Angel” (2011) from the french singer Serge Gainsbourg.

At the beginning it was a proposal from our rehearsal studio, they wanted to celebrate the 20 years of Gainsbourg’s death by releasing a tribute.

We talked about the project with Claudia (Bass player at this time), she were very enthusiastic and we choose to participate. Claudia chose the song “Sorry Angel” cause the lyrics and musique could fits with our musical style.

The exercise was interesting to make a cover on a limited run, respecting the original but being 100% Lyncelia.

It was really complicated to sing in French, I’m not used to and the intonations are very different from English. I worked hard to get my voice fits in every words and pronounciation. Even today I prefer to sing in English.

Claudia add really lots of feeling on bass, it’s clear that I couldn’t do it the same. Almost a jazzy feel on bass all over my ColdWave Guitars.

It was an intense experience that allows us to make something different and to play it on stage with bands from other style. We represented with pride the Gothic Music at their sides.

Retrospective Lyncelia, article #6: Sorry Angel

Lyncelia Sorry Angel compilation Couleur Gainsbourg (2011)

Pour ce 6e post,  je vais revenir sur notre reprise de “Sorry Angel” de Serge Gainsbourg que nous avons faites en 2011.

Au départ ce fut une proposition des Cuizines (où nous répétons chaque semaine) qui voulait célébrer les 20 ans de la mort de Serge Gainsbourg en réalisant une compilation hommage avec que des groupes répétant aux Cuizines.

On en à discuté avec Claudia (qui etait à la basse) de ce projet, elle etait très enthousiasmée par ce projet et nous décidames de participer. C’est donc Claudia qui choisit le titre “Sorry Angel” car le texte et la musique s’apparentais bien à notre style.

L’exercice etait intéréssant de proposer une reprise personnelle, dans un temps limité, qui respecterai le titre d’origine tout en etant à 100% du Lyncelia.

Ce fut (très) compliqué pour moi de chanter en Français, je n’en ai pas l’habitude et les sonorités sont différentes de l’Anglais. J’ai du travailler pour adapter mon chant à chaque mot et adapter la prononciation pour que ce soit agréable à entendre et pour avoir des intonations proche de mon chant en Anglais. Même encore aujourd’hui j’ai beaucoup de mal pour chanter en Français.

L’apport de Claudia à la basse sur ce titre est indéniable, elle y a apporté un feeling presque jazzy, et moins figé que l’original, Superposée magnifiquement à mes guitares ColdWave.

Ce fut une expérience intense et intéréssante qui nous a beaucoup apporté et nous a permis de faire un exercice different puis de le restituer sur scènes accompagné par des groupes de divers horizons et de divers style et nous avons représenté la musique Gothique avec fierté à leurs cotés.

New single out on 22nd June 2018

Lyncelia Self-Mystery Girl Available 22 June 2018

The new single named “Self-Mystery Girl” will be available on Video and on Digital Download (via our eshop and bandcamp) on 22nd June 2018.

It’s the first song we released since the latest album “Forsaken Innocence” in 2016 and it will break a silence of 2 years.

This single will be followed by others songs that we’ll release regularly throughout the year. At the end it will form two EP’s and an album.

We hope you’ll enjoy, see you on 22nd June to see the video and the song.

 

Shooting the next Lyncelia video

Lyncelia making of Self-Mystery Girl Video

Hello you all,

We’re shooting our next video titled “Self-Mystery Girl”. The first part of the video was shot few weeks ago and now we’re shooting the band part of the video. For this video we develop a New Wave style with black shirt and red tie.

Lyncelia making of the "Self-Mystery Girl" video

Studio Report: Female voices – March 2018

Lyncelia Studio recording female Voices

22, 29th March 2018 :

Here is the last post of this studio report, we have already record all tracks and we’re now on the arrangements with the additional female voice.

Isabelle started with some arrangements for “Beloved”. It was very hard for her cause she’s not used of studio recording. The vocal track isn’t easy, it demands precision on the pitch and on the rhythm. After numerous takes we’ve come to what we wanted: Fragility and emotions. I can say that it add the perfect sense I wanted for this song and a new romantic dimension to it.

We tried to do some vocals on the songs “The Beauty of Doubt”, we find the good arrangements but too difficult for Isabelle’s voice so we call Amélie (who already sung on previous albums) that represents the logical and perfect choice for this song.

The pitch of this first vocal track is very high and I needed Amélie’s voice technique to reach what I want. It was not easy cause she didn’t know the song nor the score, it gets some time for Amélie to learn and fine it for a better result.

Lyncelia Studio recording female Voices

04th April 2018 :

Amélie came back to end the second vocal track. It’s easy for her after a day of rest, we need few takes to remind the part and it come very easy.

As I said, the choice of Amélie was the perfect choice, she add the perfect tragistic feel to this song and add a more lyrical dimension to this song. It was the emotion I wanted to enhance and enlightened for this final.

Now all the recordings are over. I could start the mix.

Many thanks to Isa and Amélie for giving me their precious time and their so lovely voice to my music. I love you!

And last but not least, thank you all to read this studio report and follow this important step for Lyncelia. I can say that these songs will be strong, hopefully the best I had written and the sound will be huge and better than ever.

 

…The End…

Lyncelia 10 Years, article #4: First concert

Lyncelia 31 March 2009 first concert

For this 4th article, I’m coming back on an important step for Lyncelia: The very first concert of this project on 31st March 2009.

It was the starting point of the Lyncelia concerts and it proves me that even il I’m alone I could perform on stage and take pleasure to play. For the first time I played songs with lyrics I had written that I sung with a different voice from my principle band at this time. The experience was intense and it was with a huge apprehension that I step on the stage this night to play the 6 songs that were finalised.

At this time, the drum sound was not the same (I haven’t the TR505 for the 3 albums) and there were not “Diamonds” nor “Persistence of Vision” (the text wasn’t finished).

This day, I took my amplifier but the producer of the show refused that I use it, he plugged me in the mixing desk and from this day I abandon the amp and use only the amp simulator of my multi-effects. With this I could play everywhere with the same sound and it makes easy the soundchecks before the shows.

 

For the history, at this time Lyncelia was at the beginning and was just a solo side-project from my principle band. My songs had started to buzz on myspace and I received a message from the singer of Soul Disorder (that was a great coldwave solo band) who was searching for a 2nd band to play à La Cantada (Paris – fr).

I accepted the deal even if I wasn’t sure of the result to play alone. I work my sound to be able to play a show and this night on 31st March 2009 I play my very first Lyncelia show. I had great memories cause it was the very first time I played solo with a project I have in my heart.

 

Setlist:

  • Clemency
  • Lyncelia
  • Extincted
  • Over The Senses
  • Void of Glass
  • Lovelorn

…To be continued…

Retrospective Lyncelia, article #4: Premier concert

Lyncelia 31 March 2009 first concert

Pour ce 4e article, je vais revenir sur une étape importante dans la carrière de Lyncelia: le tout premier concert de ce projet donné le 31 mars 2009.

Ce fut le point de départ des concerts de Lyncelia et ca m’a prouvé que même en solo je pouvait performer sur scènes et prendre plaisir à jouer. Pour la premiere fois je jouait des morceaux que j’avais composé et écrit les textes que je chantait une voix différente et à l’opposé de mon précédents groupe et le tout avec un look différent et à part. L’expérience fut intense et ce fut avec un trac extreme que je monta sur scène ce soir là pour jouer les 6 titres qui étaient finalisé.

A ce moment là le son de batterie n’était pas le même (je n’avais pas encore ma TR505 qui servira pour les 3 albums) et il n’y avait pas encore les titres “Diamonds” ni “Persistence of Vision” (dont le texte n’était pas encore finalisé).

Ce jour là, j’avait emmener mon ampli et l’organisateur avait refusé que je l’utilise et m’avait branché directement sur la console. Le résultat fut finalement plus intéressant que prévu et depuis j’ai abandonner l’ampli et je n’utilise plus que le simulateur d’ampli de mon multi-effet. Ce qui fait que je peux jouer partout avec un son constant et cela facilite les temps de balance avant les concerts.

Pour revenir sur l’histoire, A ce moment là Lyncelia en était qu’a ses début et n’était qu’un projet solo parallèle à mon groupe principal de l’époque. mes morceaux avait commencé à buzzer sur myspace et je reçu une proposition du chanteur de Soul Disorder (qui était aussi un excellent projet solo de coldwave) qui cherchait un 2e groupe pour une soirée à la Cantada.

J’ai sauté sur l’occasion même si au depart je n’était pas sûr du résultat de jouer en solo. J’ai donc travailler mon son pour pouvoir assurer un concert et ce soir du mardi 31 mars 2009 j’ai donner mon tout premier concert avec Lyncelia. J’en garde un très bon souvenir car ce fut la première fois que je jouait live en solo et de plus avec un projet qui me tenait très à coeur.

Setlist:

  • Clemency
  • Lyncelia
  • Extincted
  • Over The Senses
  • Void of Glass
  • Lovelorn

…A suivre…

Studio Report: Vocals – March 2018

Lyncelia recording sessions, vocals march 2018

16, 18, 19 March 2018 :

Time to record the vocals, it won’t be easy cause I didn’t really rehearse the songs with the lyrics. I must be creative. During the weekly rehearsals of last months, we worked with Yann on older songs to get together and I had to let new songs off.

Lyncelia recording sessions, vocals march 2018

I start by the song “Beloved”, it’s the song I master the most. No problem with it, then “Self Mystery Girl” passed through without difficulties. I thought it will be harder.

For “Lustful Feelings” I had big apprehension cause it’s a strong title I mustn’t fail. I need some work to make it sound like I wanted.

More complicated with the song “The Beauty of Doubt”, I never sing it with the text. I had some ideas I should finalize on the run et it sounds pretty good without too much difficulties.

In the majority, the recording of the voice were good, I thought I will get some difficulties cause I didn’t really work the vocals. I think I will add some female voices to add some dynamics and more dimension to the songs.

…To be continued…