- Audio CD (January 29, 2008)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Projekt Records
- ASIN: B0010V4TKU
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #774,270 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Eleusian Lullaby is a sensual ethereal-ambient collaboration between Italian soundsculptor Stefano Musso (aka Alio Die) and Italian singer Martina Galvagni. It is the third release in Projekt's series of Alio Die's vocal collaborations following 2001's Apsaras (with Amelia Cuni) and 2005's Mei-Jyu (with Jack or Jive).
Eleusian Lullaby blends the natural, warm and earthy ambient compositions of Alio Die with the elegant, neo-classical voice of Martina, merging notes and silence into an expanded dreamscape. This is lullaby music like an aural caress from darkness into the light. The combination of the vocal melodies with the abstract qualities of the loops and instruments creates a suspended near-dream space, intimate and sensual at the same time.
The opening track, 'The Oniroid Sleep,' displays a foggy atmosphere where the voices wash beneath the acoustic layers of the cithara, sitar, kalimba and field recordings. On the second track, 'A Drone Song for Alienor,' the voice is clearer and more upfront with all its powerful beauty apparent creating an intense and fragile song with a neo-classical approach. The third song, 'Eleusian Lullaby,' was created as a totally free improvisation of psaltery and voice; the text is sung in a dialect of the Engadina language (Switzerland). Drones and loops were added later from the original recordings.
60 minutes of music, composed by acoustical improvisations with voice, psaltery, zither, cithara, bells, metals and field recordings. The original recordings were made in locations in the woods and in ancient medieval places then processed and layered by Alio Die at Temple Studio in 2005-2006.
Listen to this trance music in the dark and be lead to a tranquil earthly garden. Like in the best lullabies, you are caressed as you are transported to a mysterious parallel soundworld of peace and harmony.
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Perhaps it's the kind of album you have to put on without any expectations; without feeling the need to have something to anticipate -- patterns of notes, tempos, harmonies or chord progressions. And in doing so, it makes me consider that, although you probably can't ascribe a time signature to any one of the three tracks on this album, the harmonic confluence of "random" tones from multiferious sources has a rhythm as well -- based in cycles per second, too fast for us to count.
Sometimes, when you listen to an album -- maybe even a pop album -- there are these moments of sound that may not have been "composed" or intended, but that are really beautiful, fleeting moments. Maybe it's the certain nature of humming sound of electric guitarists bending strings in their lower register on a heavy metal album... or perhaps the warmup & tuning of an orchestra prior to a performance in a concert hall. Alio Die's albums are like that: finding wonderful moments in sound, elongating them (so as to take a "moment" and make it a "while"), and toying with them -- changing the nature or the emphasis, first this way, then that way.
Perhaps to fully appreciate the work here, you have to love pure sound as much as the average person does music.