Dark Entries is an independent Belgian music webzine with a focus on dark sounds. The webzine itself is completely in Dutch and can be found at www.darkentries.be. This blog was created with the intention to have an additional online place where our editors can post their English articles.
woensdag 2 augustus 2017
The Breath Of Life: Don’t we all hide a dark side and a certain disgust under a beautiful appearance?
With ‘Under The Falling
Stars’, The Breath Of Life has delivered a fantastic album. They think so
themselves, by the way, as we found out in a conversation with Isabelle (vocals),
Phil (guitar) and Didier (bass) about the album and all the things that
'Under The Falling Stars' is the 8th studio album of The Breath Of Life. I think it's one of the best.Did you intend
to reach this high with this record?
Phil : We have always
tried to give the best for each record, but there are some things that you do
not always control. I think that in this case everything was right to get
a good result. In the past also, we never agreed about a certain goal. We
just made it happen. This time, we made recordings and nobody heard the
results before we sent them to Gilles Martin in France. When he informed us
that ‘your record is a blow’, we knew were not mistaken. What a relief!
Isabelle : Thank
you. We always give the best for each record. Certainly we would like
to play more. Sharing this album and making it live on stage is very
important to us.
this record, Philippe Mauroy played the guitar and Didier Czepczyck the bass.We have noticed
that they both master the two instruments well, and that they often change from
instrument on stage.Has the choice to play only one instrument per
musician contributed to the coherence of the record?
Phil : I have been
absent from the group for a number of years. When I came back we had to
ensure some performances. During my absence, the group recorded two
records with Didier on guitar. Initially, Didier played guitar on his own
songs, all the more because we had a very different style and that I could
hardly play his pieces. (Laughs) Afterwards, it seemed better that each
one would retain a preferred instrument. It must be said that Didier
excels at the bass and really gives a beautiful colour to the songs. As
for the guitar, I let you judge yourself.
Didier : I really think
that if I and Phil had to alternate the guitar, this would have reduced the coherence
on the record to zero. Phil reminds me of the more excited moments of Jean Marie
Aerts in TC Matic. And if he plays a bit softer, he has the romantic
tendency to stroke his strings like Justin Jones of And Also The Trees. I
am - at my modest level - more in the league of Billy Duffy or John Mc
Geoch. Actually, I believe that two guitarists can quickly become as problematic
for a group as having two singers. For example, I'm a big fan of Depeche
Mode, but if Martin Gore takes over the vocals from Dave Gahan, I like it less.
Bortolin, on the other hand, continues to combine the violin and the keys. I think
his violin is well represented on the new record and is giving much identity to
do you think?
Phil : Absolutely, it's
an essential element. We can hardly think of The Breath Of Life without
Giovanni and his violin. I do not know how it's with you, but personally
I've never heard anybody like this violin. Together with Isabelle's song
this is probably what the listener most notices about The Breath Of Life.
released two amazing videos with songs from 'Under The Falling Stars'.How did that
Isabelle : We are lucky to
be able to have the highly talented Jean-Gérard Dermine among our close
friends. He is very open and very creative. His talent and his
ability to bring things to a good end is impressive. And he is still
working to prepare new surprises!
Phil : Indeed. It
is our friend Jean-Gérard Dermine who has provoked this all. For 'Crime
Passionnel', he asked a couple of tango dancers and a few figurants to
participate. For 'Blackout', the setting of the Cockerill framework in
Charleroi was sufficient.
The lyrics in your songs seem to emphasize the flight in dreams.Is this theme
dear to the band?
Isabelle : Dreams are
fundamental and help me to progress. I regularly notice that I am
daydreaming. I love it. In addition, I cut several themes on this
album, such as psychic manipulation on ‘Hide’, Malala Yousafzai's tragic story
on ‘Blackout’, the interaction between feelings, thoughts and deeds in 'A New
Reality', the importance to take distance and take a view from above to
understand more complicated situations in ‘Higher’...
cover of the CD shows a photograph of a boat stranded on a beach, taken by the
extraordinary photographer Xavier Marquis.Why did you choose this picture?
Phil : Because of the
atmosphere. I immediately felt a harmony between our music and the lyrics
of Isabelle. And also with the title she had chosen for the record ('Under
The Falling Stars'). Imagine that this boat stranded on an evening, under a sky
full of stars. Don’t we all hide a dark side and a certain disgust under a
Isabelle : The photo was
taken by Xavier Marquis, yet another person with a lot of talent who is passionate
about his art.
new CD is a collaboration between Wool-E Discs and your own Music Language
Phil : It's the first
time we publish a record ourselves, just because we noticed that the role of a
record label has changed dramatically. In the past, they did everything
they could to release our records, but today, such traders are no longer
available. Only a few fearless people like Wool-E Discs continue to
provide courageous resistance, out of passion. Everything is done via the
internet, and at our level, labels have become a meaningless intermediate level.
the past, you have released albums on labels like 'Hall of Sermon' of Lacrimosa
or 'Danse Macabre' of Das Ich.Do you still have ties with these labels?
Isabelle : Surprisingly,
Bruno Kramm of Das Ich asked us - 15 days before the Wave-Gotic-Treffen in
Leipzig - to play as a main act on one of the WGT's podiums.
also release a limited edition of the record on vinyl, next to the CD.Unfortunately,
it will contain only 8 out of 11 numbers due to lack of space.Why this choice?
Phil : As you indicate,
this is due to the limited possibilities of a vinyl and therefore not a real
choice. It would be technically possible to put more songs on the vinyl,
but that would have been at the expense of sound quality. So we have deleted
three songs. That vinyl is a gift we have given ourselves.
you want to add something else?We give you the last word.
Phil : We do not need a
label anymore, but an effective booking agency for performances would be
welcome. The call has been made...