Kriistal Ann, the singer of the Paradox Obscur and Chroma Carbon, singer of Factice Factory  have founded Sine Silex ,this interesting side project, that has recently published a ten tracks album, characterized by their emphatic and emotional duets, with lyrics written by Chroma and sung on the electronic minimal music composed by Ann.
"Antidote" is opened by the almost reciting voice of Chroma on a synthetic and melancholy electronic carpet. Ann's voice, full of interpretative pathos, adds a charming emotional transport.
"Operative" has a more animate danceable basis, on which the double singing stands like a dialogue that is developping among imaginary artificial sceneries.

In "Ether" the voice of Chroma seems an invocation that raises from a suffering rhythm, while the warm and emotional voice of Ann sounds like the one of an angel that gives comfort, strength and warmth.
In "Six'' to twenty seconds" Ann and Chroma sing as one voice on a music with a sci-fi suggestion: like the look upon Planet  Earth of two astronauts that are waiting for the count down to leave our planet.
In "Les Nimbes" the music is syncopated. The voice of Chroma sounds as it comes from a distance, like a memory, while the one of Ann, is stronger and emphatic, like the voice of a woman that screams loud her memories or regrets.
"Modeliste", is a track  that has already been heard online a few months ago. It has the winking charm of the electronic music with a retrò ambiance and dancable sounds.
"Rifle", even keeping its electronic characteristics has also some remnants of new wave sounds and the intimate and dark atmosphere sounds like the one of the confession of unmentionable things.
"Nénuphar" has a most modern sonority with a touch that's a midway between glitch and a refined ambient.
"L'amnesie" has a rarefied beginning, on which Chroma voices sing, again with a reverberation that makes it sound coming for a distance, while  thickness and emotions rise in the long interval in which Ann sings.
"L'embrun" it is a track filled with emotions and melancholy, close to the most slow and intimate ones of the Factices Factory. Once more the intersection among the disenchanted voice of Chroma and the intense, dramatic one of Ann creates a cocktail of emotions from which it is difficult to be not overwhelmed.

In conclusion,I might state that it's a good album, whose roots sink in the cold minimal and synth wave of the 80's, but at the same time don't lack the references that make it to belong to the present times.

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We  have enjoyed a lot of interesting music videos this year. Here are some of my favourites according to my personal taste. 

VV & the Void - Thorn from Jean de Oliveira on Vimeo.

(official video) Day Before Us - Per aspera ad astra from DayBeforeUs on Vimeo.

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New album, composed by eight pieces for Day Before Us, project of Philippe M. Blache, that now is enriched with the voice of Natalya Romashina.
"Saint of Grief" it is an ambient track, that opens with a dark and very oppressive sonority, on which are inserted  high chorals and a sound of organ at the end, like to symbolize the elevation from the evil, from the Earthly worries.
"Vigils of time" it is a mystical song, where introspective feelings melt with transcendent suggestions.This seems to be represented by the music of meditation that allows our minds to perceive the superior spheres.
"Per Aspera ed Astra" mixes ambient and ethereal sounds, and it's enriched by the beautiful voice of Natalya that raises on the notes like an angel that before sings and then performs a prayer, or perhaps a warning to the humanity.
(official video) Day Before Us - Per aspera ad astra from DayBeforeUs on Vimeo.

"Zatvornik" is opened by a sound of bells that stand above oppressive sonorities, like to symbolize the eternal fight between  good and evil. The voice of Natalya sounds like a creature of light that has answered to the call of the bells to lull the hearts with a song full of sweetness.
"L'aile du soir" at the beginning reflects the crepuscular atmospheres suggested by the title, the celestial atmosphere of the music and voice is interrupted by dark intervals, as the thoughts and the regrets that haunt the men's minds on the deathbed. This makes us understand that the evening to which the title refers is a metaphor that represents "the black lady" and the voice of Natalya perhaps represents the one of an angel come down for guiding who departs to the doors of the Heaven.
Also in "In Igne Purgatorio" it is opened by a sound of bells, this time a "dead knell" and the dark atmospheres to which they leave the place remind the fire that "purges and cleanses the souls", not the fire of the Christian eternal punishment but rather the esoteric alchemical purifying flames, that burn our sins to allow our souls to raise and evolve.
In "Depicted chronicle" the voice of Natalya sounds like the one of one soul  that reflects on  its terrestrial experiences in a mixture of regrets and melancholy, on the background of soft piano notes and the sound of falling rain.
"Nihil interit" makes us think about a departure, to the separation that the soul finally reaches from the material things, and to a soul that finally can begin its upward journey, toward the Source of All  , where life is born and goes back harmonically, as the final notes of the piano suggest us.

It's certainly not an easy listening album: it requires attention to be understood and appreciated, but the feelings that it can give to who does it broadly compensate the effort made.
The album is availiable in cd format via Rage In Eden .

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BELLS OF SOUL is the project of the brazilian musican and poet Sânian that for once put in music a lyric by me.
Porcelain doll is a song about the scars of time: the creeps on the face of an old porcelain doll forgotten in a corner of a garret are a metaphore of the lines that time and disenchantment paint on a face: like this porcelain doll many people had a beautiful young smile that year after year turned into a serious, hopeless face, while dreamtime fades into the harsh reality, like the ancient playroom in which once the porcelain doll was like a princess.

Tell me what games did they played
In the dollhouse where you stayed?
Who has soiled your hand so small?
My sweet romantic porcelain doll

What secrets hides your silence
While your lips keep on smiling
The mysteries of your angel face
My porcelain doll dressed in lace

Your miss the kiss and the laugher
The girl that once you looked after
Dust paints you white like a dove
My porcelain doll made for love

I wonder who splintered your face
And then abandoned you in disgrace
Forgotten, like an unclaimed prize
My porcelain doll with sad eyes

The ancient enchantment is broken
Happiness was just a fading moment
Now everything is become so cold
My porcelain doll left in the mould

Your heart is longing for a sound
While the snow falls on the ground
In small flakes that look like tears
Poor porcelain doll, nobody cares

Lory Fayer
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