Lyncelia 10 Years, Article #9: Creation of Lyncelia

Lyncelia Logo 2008

Today I come back 10 years ago when I created Lyncelia on 1st September 2008 but I started to work on it few months before.

To say the truth, in 2004 I tried to form a coldwave band, I managed to find some musicians (a bassist, a drummer, a 2nd guitarist and a she-singer) but we hadn’t go through the first rehearsal. By the way we started from scratch, I had no songs to present or introduce to them, our influences weren’t clear. Some wanted to play Gothic-Rock or Deathrock, others Gothic-Metal and me Coldwave. It was promised to failure.

It was in 2007 that the envy of playing coldwave came back to the surface. After starting to play Synthesizers, I ended by writing 1 or 2 songs that comfort me in this idea and few months later I had the materials to start a new project (I had the songs “Over The Senses”, “Scorn”, “Extincted”, “Persistence of Vision”, “Clemency” and some others I didn’t keep).

At this time I was involved in a Metal band (precisely Death Metal) and Coldwave allowed me to express all I couldn’t express by Metal and the idea to create a side project seemed complementary.

At the start my sister Amélie should be the singer, but she was running out of time and she couldn’t be involved permanently in the project. So I decided to be the only singer, it was a huge challenge for me.

During my vacation in august 2008 in French Britain, I wrote a song that will change all: “Lyncelia”.

I found this name by watching a dvd where the word “Shroud” was pronounced, it means “Linceul” in French. The sounding was interesting but not the meaning, I was looking for a name with no particular meaning that could be a girl name and by mixing some girly names I came to Lyncelia.

It was quite a revelation and the start of this adventure.

I started writing lyrics to complete this song and I had a visual in my head of a blue rose, from a picture I made before. It was the starting point of Lyncelia and I created a myspace page to symbolizes this birth.

Lyncelia was born, I didn’t know where I was going to but I was very excited to develop this solo project.

When I think of it, my first idea was to realize one album, even a second and that’s all. I didn’t thought that 10 years later Lyncelia became a band, my principal project with whom I will realize 3 albums, more than 20 concerts, 4 videos and enough to make a 4th album.

I started to be pleasant by writing lyrics, songs became to sound good and take their shape but I had some difficulties with my voice that didn’t sound like I wanted.

I was frustrated to can’t manage to sing like I wanted (Death Metal leaves some aches lol) so I had to developed an alternative way to sing. I had to find a personal tune and flow. It was hard work that demanded me lots of strength and introspection but I wanted to achieve it.

Then few months later, by myspace, I received a proposal: A first concert in Paris. But it’s another story (to read HERE)

…To be continued…

Retrospective Lyncelia article #9: Création de Lyncelia

Lyncelia Logo 2008

Aujourd’hui je reviens 10 ans en arrière lorsque j’ai créé Lyncelia le 1er septembre 2008 mais cela faisait déjà plusieurs mois que je travaillais sur ce projet.

A vrai dire, en 2004 j’ai essayé de créer un projet Coldwave, j’avais même réussi à trouver des musiciens (un bassiste, un batteur, un deuxième guitariste et une chanteuse) mais ca n’a pas dépassé le stade de la 1ère répétition. D’un coté on partait de zéro, je n’avais aucune compos à présenter ni à proposer, nos influences n’étaient même pas claires. Certains voulaient faire du Gothic-Rock voire du Deathrock, D’autres du Gothic-Metal et moi de la ColdWave. C’était fermement voué à l’échec.

Ce ne fut qu’en 2007 que l’envie de réellement jouer de la Coldwave fit surface. Après m’être mis au Synthétiseur, je fini par composer 1 à 2 titres qui me conforta dans cette idée et au bout de plusieurs mois j’avais constitué de quoi commencer un nouveau projet (J’avais les titres “Over The Senses”, “Scorn”, “Extincted”, “Persistence of Vision”, “Clemency” et d’autres que je n’ai pas gardés).

A l’époque j’étais impliqué dans un groupe de Metal (Death Metal plus précisément) et la Coldwave me permettait d’exprimer ce que je pouvais difficilement exprimer par le Metal et l’idée de créer un projet parallèle me paraissait complémentaire.

Au départ ma soeur Amélie devait être la chanteuse unique, mais faute de temps elle n’a pas pu intégrer à plein temps ce projet. J’ai donc pris la décision de chanter moi-même, ce qui représentait un challenge énorme pour moi.

Durant le mois d’août 2008, lors de mes vacances en Bretagne, je composa un titre qui sera décisif: “Lyncelia”.

J’ai trouvé ce nom par hasard en regardant un dvd où fut prononcé le terme “Shroud” qui signifie Linceul en français. La sonorité me parlait mais pas la signification, je cherchais un titre sans signification particulière qui pourrait très bien être un nom féminin et en mélangeant plusieurs prénoms féminin j’en suis arrivé à Lyncelia.

Ce fut une révélation et le début de cette aventure.

Je me suis mis de suite à l’écriture d’un texte pour accompagner ce titre et j’avais en tête un visuel avec une rose bleu, issu d’un bouquet que j’avais pris en photos auparavant. Ce fut le point de départ de Lyncelia et je créa de suite une page Myspace pour symboliser cette naissance.

Lyncelia était né, je ne savais pas où j’allais mais j’étais excité de développer ce projet solo.

Quand j’y repense, mon idée de départ était uniquement de réaliser un album, voire un deuxième mais c’était tout. Je ne pensais pas que 10 ans après Lyncelia serait devenu un groupe et mon principal projet avec lequel je réaliserai 3 albums, une vingtaine de concerts, 4 clips et de quoi faire un 4ème album.

Je commençais à prendre goût à l’écriture des textes, et les chansons commençaient à prendre forme mais j’avais du mal avec ma voix qui ne me convenait pas.

J’étais frustré de ne pas réussir à chanter comme je le voulais (le Death Metal ça laisse des séquelles lol) alors il m’a fallu développer une façon de chanter un peu différente. J’ai dû trouver un ton et un phrasé qui me seraient personnel. Ce fut un travail de longue haleine qui me demanda beaucoup d’énergie et de remise en question mais je voulais y arriver.

Puis quelques mois plus tard, via myspace, je reçu une proposition: Un concert à Paris à la Cantada. Mais ceci est une autre histoire (à lire ICI)

…A suivre…

THANK YOU for these 10 Years!

10 Years anniversary

Today we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Lyncelia.

Cause we can’t make it without you, we want to say a big THANK YOU to all of you for your support since 2008.

Thank you for making Lyncelia real and part of the Gothic scene, listened throughout the world. This Anniversary is yours!

 

Lyncelia 10 Years, Article #8: Linxya

Lyncelia "Assigned for Disillusion" Cover (2013)

Today I talk about ons of my favourite song (even if I love each song).

It was one of the first song I wrote for this second album. After some compositions that I don’t keep, I came to a moment of light with the writing of “Linxya”. This song, written in 2009 before the recording of “Lovelorn”, was the starting point for this second album.

This one should be better than the previous and I felt that it will be more desperate announcing the worst period of my life to come.

This song is nervous, first of all by the sound a little bit aggressive et by its strong and desperate lyrics.

The lyrics are about accepting our fate and to stop trying to escape it. I use the myth of Andromeda (one of my favourite) who accepted to be sacrificed in the sea to save her people. The song enlighten the fear of what will arrive with the envy to be saved from these torments and then to accept the disillusion and to dive in the floods to be released and free.

I wrote these lyrics in a black period of my life, I was angry before all the disillusion around me, I wanted to change all my life but nothing changed and I accepted it. I transferred all this sickness in this album being a catharsis that allowed me to crystallised all these anguishes in music.

Linxya 

Music and lyrics written by Alexis B.

Towards my destiny? Joining divine beauty
Chains circle my hands; Stretched from each side
Staring afar, the void; Wind caressing my eyes
My regard got lost; In the deep blue sea
______

Save me
Don’t let me sink
______

I wait your soul
Rise your eyes to me
______

My sacrificed soul; Abandon to the flood
Filling me with coldness; With insistent wavering
Complete my destiny; The only means to forget
My turned down glance; Saddened
______

Bless me
So let me sink
______

I’m close to dive
______

Let me drown in the waves
I must die for loving you
Let me drown in the waves
I must die for your love
______

I wait your soul
Rise your eyes to me
______

Let me drown in the waves
I must die for loving you
Let me drown in the waves
Let me drown in the waves

…Ato be continued…

Retrospective Lyncelia #8: Linxya

Lyncelia "Assigned for Disillusion" Cover (2013)

Aujourd’hui je reviens sur ce titre qui figure dans mes préférés (même si j’aime tous nos titres).

Ce fut l’un des premiers titres que j’ai composé pour ce deuxième album. Après avoir tâtonné sur plusieurs compositions qui n’aboutissaient à rien, j’en suis arrivé à un moment de lumière qui me permit de composer “Linxya”. Ce morceaux, écrit en 2009 bien avant d’enregistrer “Lovelorn”, me donna un point de départ pour ce deuxième album.

Ce deuxième album se devait d’être meilleur que le précédent et surtout je sentais qu’il serait plus ancré dans le désespoir qui annonçait la plus mauvaise période de ma vie qui allait arriver.

Ce titre est particulièrement tendu, déjà par le son qui est un peu plus agressif et surtout par ses paroles fortes et désespérées.

Le texte parle d’accepter son destin et de ne plus essayer de le fuir. Pour la métaphore j’ai utilisé le mythe d’Andromède (qui est un de mes préférés) qui accepta d’être sacrifiée dans les flots pour sauver son peuple. Le titre met en lumière la peur de ce qui arrivera avec l’envie d’être sauvé de ces tourments puis d’accepter la désillusion et de plonger dans les flots pour en être enfin libéré.

J’ai écrit ce texte dans une période noire de ma vie ou j’étais en colère face à la désillusion qui m’entourait, je voulais que tout change mais face à l’immobilisme de cette situation je n’ai pu que l’accepter. Ce qui a eu pour effet de transférer tout ce malaise dans cet album qui servit de catharsis et me permis de cristalliser toutes ces angoisses dans la musique.

Linxya 

Music and lyrics written by Alexis B.

Towards my destiny? Joining divine beauty
Chains circle my hands; Stretched from each side
Staring afar, the void; Wind caressing my eyes
My regard got lost; In the deep blue sea
______

Save me
Don’t let me sink
______

I wait your soul
Rise your eyes to me
______

My sacrificed soul; Abandon to the flood
Filling me with coldness; With insistent wavering
Complete my destiny; The only means to forget
My turned down glance; Saddened
______

Bless me
So let me sink
______

I’m close to dive
______

Let me drown in the waves
I must die for loving you
Let me drown in the waves
I must die for your love
______

I wait your soul
Rise your eyes to me
______

Let me drown in the waves
I must die for loving you
Let me drown in the waves
Let me drown in the waves

…A suivre…

What are your favourite Lyncelia songs?

As you know, in september we will celebrate our 10th anniversary. To celebrate this event and thank you for your support, we will publish a free digital best of from our 3 albums.

As this best of is yours, we need your help for the tracklist. We need 9 songs and we will include 2 or 3 songs per album you choose.

Survey end on 3rd August.

What are your 3 favourite "Lovelorn" songs?

  • Persistence of Vision (26%, 7 Votes)
  • Assigna (15%, 4 Votes)
  • Diamonds (15%, 4 Votes)
  • Extincted (15%, 4 Votes)
  • Over The Senses (11%, 3 Votes)
  • Clemency (7%, 2 Votes)
  • Scorn (4%, 1 Votes)
  • Lyncelia (4%, 1 Votes)
  • Lovelorn (4%, 1 Votes)
  • Ghosts of Past Lives (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Void of Glass (0%, 0 Votes)
  • By All These Fears (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 11

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What are your 3 favourite "Assigned, for Disillusion" songs?

  • Unveiled Illusion (23%, 6 Votes)
  • Lovely Girl (19%, 5 Votes)
  • Phenixia (12%, 3 Votes)
  • Blondestar (12%, 3 Votes)
  • Strain (12%, 3 Votes)
  • Reality Dream (8%, 2 Votes)
  • Rose (4%, 1 Votes)
  • Assigned, for Disillusion (4%, 1 Votes)
  • Promised to Failure (4%, 1 Votes)
  • Linxya (4%, 1 Votes)
  • Distained Perfection (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 10

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What are your 3 favourite "Forsaken Innocence" songs?

  • Unbound Pleasure (26%, 6 Votes)
  • Blind (17%, 4 Votes)
  • Forsaken Innocence (17%, 4 Votes)
  • Insight (13%, 3 Votes)
  • Sapphic Tears (9%, 2 Votes)
  • Lost - Anastasia (9%, 2 Votes)
  • Distance (4%, 1 Votes)
  • Weep a Long Silence (4%, 1 Votes)
  • Answer My Fall (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 9

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Lyncelia 10 Years, Article #7: Unveiled Illusion

Lyncelia "Assigned for Disillusion" Cover (2013)

After enlightened the first album “Lovelorn” during the last months, we come to “Assigned, for Disillusion” released in 2013.

I start with the most appreciate song from this album, “Unveiled Illusion” composed in summer 2010.

My intention was to write a danceable songs with New Wave influences, cause at this time we missed this kind of song to balance with the more doomy songs of the album. After being at a concert of friends Malaise Rouge where they played their last song “It was by Love” that was danceable and New Wave, I noticed that excepted “Diamonds” we hadn’t a song like that and we needed one.

I started by the first synthesizers notes played on my Virus TI and the riffs that follow. Then I programmed a 4 to the dancefloor new wave drum beat. The tempo was set and I start to work on the guitars. I wanted this song being strong, so the rhythm guitars is based on power chords and the bass had to be focused on the drum beat.

At the beginning, all the guitars was to be clean but finally I choose to get the lead one with distortion to have more dynamics, more power with a slashing sound taking over the instrumentation.

The lyrics (written in january 2012) are about being surrounded by seduction, swirling and dancing. Once the illusion is unveiled, want to be in her arms, stop the time to belong to her and letting all fears being dampen down by her presence.

Unveiled Illusion

Music and lyrics written by Alexis B.

So sweet shape – Spinning around me
Through this night – To wasting dawn
You touched my dreams – Surrounded by your perfume
Inebriated by your glance
Tangled in this veil – veil of illusion
Deafened by this electric presence
So poisonous
______

Evaporating in my memories
Numb by this vision
I follow you
Blinded by your sharpened beauty
Drifting to the tenderness
Of your trembling hands
Drowned in your kiss
______

Take me in your arms
Tight me to oblivion
Let me feel your love
Forever

Take me in your arms
Dampen down my fear
Make me swirling
Forever
______

So slashing beauty – Lacerate my life
Please love me this night
Plant your bitterness – Under my skin
Burn my entire life
And bring me to you
______

Take me in your arms
Tight me to oblivion
Let me feel your love
Forever

Take me in your arms
Dampen down my fear
Make me swirling
Forever

January 2012

…To be continued…

Retrospective Lyncelia, article #7: Unveiled Illusion

Lyncelia "Assigned for Disillusion" Cover (2013)

Après avoir mis en lumière ces derniers mois le premier album “Lovelorn”, nous passons logiquement à “Assigned, for Disillusion” sorti en 2013.

Je vais commencer par le titre le plus apprécié de cet album, le titre “Unveiled Illusion” que j’ai composé en plein été 2010.

Mon intention était de faire un titre dansant, aux influences New Wave, car c’est ce qui nous manquait à ce moment pour contrebalancer avec les titres beaucoup plus graves et pesant de cet album. Après avoir vu un concert de mes amis de Malaise Rouge qui avait joué leur tout dernier titre “It was by love” qui était un titre très dansant et New Wave je me suis rendu compte qu’il nous fallait un titre dans le même style.

Tout commença par les première notes de synthétiseurs joués sur mon Virus TI et du riff d’accompagnements qui suit. Puis j’ai programmé un rythme de batterie New Wave bien dancefloor. Le tempo était défini et je commença à travailler sur les guitares. Je voulais que cette chanson soit forte, alors les guitares rythmiques sont basées sur des power Chord et la basse devait se focaliser et coller sur le rythme de la batterie.

Au depart toutes les guitares devaient être en son clair et j’ai finalement opté pour passer la guitare lead en saturé pour avoir plus de dynamique et plus de puissance donnant des notes acérés se détachant bien du reste.

Les paroles (écrite en janvier 2012) parle d’être entouré par la séduction, tournante et dansante. Une fois que l’illusion s’est dévoilé, pouvoir enfin se blottir dans ses bras, arrêter le temps pour lui appartenir et laisser ses peurs être apaisé par sa présence.

Unveiled Illusion

Music and lyrics written by Alexis B.

So sweet shape – Spinning around me
Through this night – To wasting dawn
You touched my dreams – Surrounded by your perfume
Inebriated by your glance
Tangled in this veil – veil of illusion
Deafened by this electric presence
So poisonous
______

Evaporating in my memories
Numb by this vision
I follow you
Blinded by your sharpened beauty
Drifting to the tenderness
Of your trembling hands
Drowned in your kiss
______

Take me in your arms
Tight me to oblivion
Let me feel your love
Forever

Take me in your arms
Dampen down my fear
Make me swirling
Forever
______

So slashing beauty – Lacerate my life
Please love me this night
Plant your bitterness – Under my skin
Burn my entire life
And bring me to you
______

Take me in your arms
Tight me to oblivion
Let me feel your love
Forever

Take me in your arms
Dampen down my fear
Make me swirling
Forever

January 2012

…A suivre…

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.