Lucaifem - Review
This album was submitted for review by the artist and among the dozens of submissions I get each week, I was very pleased with what I heard from the samples from this album.
This project consists of Daecaunt and Felicyika composing a form of gothic and medieval folk music. This album contains 13 simple, yet spellbinding tracks that fans of this style of music should really love.
From the first soft spoken word of the introductory piece "Morderai" to the final soft flutes of "Lebewohl - Lied", this album is one captivating piece after another. As I listen to this album, various visions and feelings come to mind. The introduction is dark, mysterious and haunting with the spoken word over the dark, brooding music. But then we're taken on an ethereal journey through soft and beautiful and at times joyous sounds through the next dozen pieces. The title track "Lucaifem" is the heart and soul of this album and project. With subtle and soft deep sythesized cello and other strings and violin slowly move the music along while the simple medieval-style vocals softly sing among other things "one sword to slay thy famine, one measure of peace for thy suffering". This track has quickly become a favorite of mine and was the selection which made me decide to accept, promote and review this work.
I think with that just with "Lucaifem" and a few pieces like it, this album would be complete. However, we have more variety and a lot of really good pieces. It often takes time for things to grow on me and so after listening to this album now about a dozen times, simple violin pieces like "Das Wecken" or the finale to the album "Lebewohl - Lied" with it's flute have also become an integral and favorite part of this disc with the hauntingly beautiful melodies. On the pieces with vocals, it's nice that both the male and female vocals are present for a combination of harmonic arrangements that lift and warm the soul. There are a couple of upbeat pieces that bring to mind medieval festivities in "Walden Tanz" and "The Lark und the Wind" (which can also be viewed as a video on Youtube). However, I think it's the simple pieces that make up the foundation for this project and album with "Death of a Peasant Girl" with it's folklore and of course the haunting vocals on "Nerius" among others.
This is truly a spellbinding album and one that every fan of medieval music will love. For fans of Arcana, Dead Can Dance
and The Soil Bleeds Black
, this album will definitely be a pleasure.