Priscilla Hernandez is a multi-talented artist delving into painting, illustrating and most importantly to our readers here, music. Originally from the Canary Islands, Spain she currently resides in Barcelona where she has focused on her art and music for the past decade years. 2002 saw the start of this musical project though she has been writing songs for several years before that. It was just at this time when she finally started to put it all together and using mp3.com to promote her music many were introduced to "I Steal The Leaves". 2006 finally saw the release of the Ancient Shadows album which includes many of the previously composed tracks as well as many new pieces to form a complete concept album. With a strong DIY attitude and ambition, she continued to put her talents to work and after five years managed to pull it all together in another astounding album titled The Underliving. Finally released in 2011, this latest album shows her expanding on her talents and creating a veritable masterpice of beautiful fairy music. She continues to write music and does the occasional live show with guest musicians.
The music of Priscilla Hernandez follows much along the genres and themes of her artwork she has been producing for so many years. These are right along the lines of fantasy fairy world genres, but most easily described as "ethereal gothic" music and I would add that there is a touch of "new age" and "dream pop" blended in. Fans of the french Prikosnovenie label will most likely enjoy the music from this artist.
Hopefully the story of Priscilla Hernandez and her music will continue for many years to come. It is a pleasure to have her artistic music reside here on the pages of Gothic Paradise.
The Underliving - Review
After a very long and anxious wait, we're finally presented with the latest album from this multi-talented artist. I've been following Priscilla's activities over the years, so I knew an album was coming and as many fans from facebook and other areas know, this release has included a lot of hard work and sacrifice and we're the beneficiaries of it all with 18 stunning tracks once again coming together in a beautiful package. We have not only the music, but also original artwork from the artist in a large, beautiful booklet as well.
After being introduced to the fairy world of Priscilla Hernandez in her debut album, it's no surprise, and certainly a relief that she remains true to her beautiful ethereal roots. The mysterious beauty shines through with the entire album from the dark and haunting pieces like "Off The Lane" which is a sort of single or highlight from the album also featuring a video on the artist's website, but also "The Wind Song" with it's pulsating undertow mixed with the various chimes, flutes and whistles for a spooky feel, yet grounded in the dreamy ethereal moods. Many other tracks like these introduce us to the world of "The Underliving", the mysterious secret creatures out of a mystical storybook. The title track presents this theme well after the beautiful introductory piece "In The Mist", a definite favorite from this album with the dreamy, ethereal styles presented with various neo-classical elements at their best. But after this heavenly piece, the somewhat precocious nature of the sprites and fairies seem to come out in the happy, yet mischevious and haunting title track as mentioned before.
There is way to much material here to cover everything in detail, but just with the previous descriptions I think the reader can get the idea of what's presented here overall. It entails a good mix from the dark and haunting, to the beautiful heavenly voices and dreamy tracks. Favorites include the aforementioned pieces, in fact it's hard to point out all favorites as the entire album contains great pieces. However, there are still a few more that stand out for me personally, maybe based on my own tastes more than due to any quality factor or flaws of any kind. Priscilla is very talented, and all of those talents shine through these pieces through the use of various electronics coupled with a number of organic instruments. As the album drifts along, the dreamier, ethereal pieces stand out for me such as "Don't Be Sad" with it's cello and mix of various soft electronica sounds. "Northern Lights" also quickly became a favorite with it's mystical style and Priscilla's hauntingly beautiful vocals. The piano coupled with these vocals on the next piece "Morning Light" also makes me swoon. The dedication to Kira in "Good Night Kira" features about the only spanish I could pick up on the album and that's just in closing. The absence of any tracks in spanish besides that little bit was something I missed and really enjoyed was the lone spanish piece on the previous album.
The album wraps up in pure beauty and mistery, loneliness, hope and love all eminate from this masterpiece. It's great to have another excellent from this talented artist. We look forward to many years of enjoyment from this disc as well as hopefully more music to come in the future.
Ancient Shadows - Review
After hearing about this artist and hearing samples of her music it was a great pleasure to get this luxury digipack album in my hands. This beautiful tri-fold digipack contains two booklets with Priscilla's artwork, lyrics and other information that fans will love to look through while listening to the album. The album contains 19 tracks spanning the concept of dark fairy tales with "The Ghost" and "The Fairy" with about half of the tracks dedicated to one theme and half dedicated to the other.
The album is a mystical delight, starting off with "Facing the dream (opening credits)", an eerie intro mixing haunting ghost-like voices with horror-like music. This quickly gives way to the dream-pop nature of Priscilla's vocals on "Away". This is the true introduction to the broad, beautiful range of musical styles and talent of this vocalist, writer and composer. On this piece we can hear how she brings the beautiful nature of ethereal music together with the mystical, haunting styles of fantasy gothic imagery along with the smooth ambient soundscapes of caressing dream pop.
Many pieces are pure ethereal goth which most readers and listeners here will appreciate the most. The previously mentioned "Away" stand out among these, as well as the somber and beautiful piece "The voice of the night" which is a true tribute to the haunting nature of dreamy ethereal music. Other favorites along these genre lines also include "Lament" and my personal favorite and only spanish piece "Sue�o Muerto". These two mentioned tracks are real highlights of the album with Priscilla's silky smooth voice accented by the somber electronics and subdued percussion that move the track along in a peaceful dreamy state.
For those that like a little lighter touch of dream pop and new age styles, the album really shines through these genres as well. Many will be very familiar with "I Steal The Leaves" from the long ago days of mp3.com and the way many independent artists were introduced to the world throught that service. This piece is the epitome of what dream pop can be, it's upbeat and beautiful yet accessible to fans of many different genres along the ethereal styles. "The call of the nymph" lures the listener into a fantasy fairy world through more dreamy and mesmerizing elements. These among many other selections help define more of the lighter "fairy world" side of this album.
As a concept album we're also treated with the haunting introduction, interlude pieces and postlude "closing credits)" piece. Each of these bring out more of a darker haunting, almost dark-ambient approach to the album that is an excellent eerie accent. With the close of this last piece we're left thoroughly mesmerized and haunted by the Ancient Shadow of this album and fantasy land it presents. Definitely check it out for fans of Prikosnovenie artists, Chandeen and other Projekt and ethereal, dream pop bands.