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.

 

 

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