Single Review by kerry Barnes For Joran Elane and Paul Landry “AURELYN”
Vocals and vocal arrangement-Joran Elane Music composed and performed -Paul Landry Lyrics by Helmut W. Pesch
“Aurelyn” is an enchanting collaboration between Joran Elane and Paul Landry. Their combined talent is out of this world, Joran, a singer-songwriter and graphic designer, and Paul a multi-instrumentalist of wide ranging skills!! 6.42 of pure loveliness.
An Elven-Meditation if ever I heard one! In the morning mist, a Celtic-New-Age flute sings it’s mystical melody, swirling around are it’s family of harmonics, just floating, very other-worldly. An invitation calls to the symphonic synths, and all writhes together.
A beautiful garlanded goddess, with pale blue blood, bleeds gently into view, and I feel her cold breath on my face. Her harmonic wash of vocals, sung on vowels from another land, lift me up, I feel very light. I love the way Paul’s flute sounds end with a very slow vibrato, followed by the most atmospheric Fermatas, this technique holds listener attention.
Then, a metronomic gentle pulse emerges from the light, it’s steady and mesmerising, like a piano sending lanterns, one by one, up into the heavens. Joran sees this light as her cue to now sing a singular melodic line. Such beautiful singing, her end of note vibrato is fast, like a rattle-snake in a daydream, soft and embellished. It offers her a tear of light which she holds in her hand, it’s white cross in contrast with a wired-garland gently placed upon her brow, with kisses from fauna and flora.
Paul’s sensual and meditative tapestry is the perfect accompaniment here and I feel like I’m at the cinema with surround sound, but very delicately so. As Joran’s vocals become stronger, Paul makes her chase an ethereal harp, up and down and round and round, then tries to divert her further with guitar strumming coming from somewhere, maybe an everglade close by. An old friend comes into view, that beautiful Celtic Flute with it’s descending little phrases, caressing Joran’s vocals that emerge from her beautiful and dreamy profile. Her lips propel a sound like a breath we can see in the winter, but calming and tranquil. As we near the closing fade, Joran seemsto whisper ‘meow’ in gentle repetition, whilst Paul graciously bows out like a gentleman.
Outro. How lovely for us all to witness this wonderful pairing of two great musiciansand I’m sure this won’t be their last project. Bravo!!