REVIEW FOR PERMANANT LULLABY BY E L Y S S I A - From the album A Sound for Sore Souls
Marianne Lihannah: Mezzo Soprano / Lead Vocals Paul Landry: Piano/Mellotron/Synthesizers (composed by Paul Landry)
Review by Kerry Barnes
My opening statement is: This is one of THE most beautiful sounds I’ve ever heard!!!!! A sound only made in heaven begins to emerge from the misty depths of the forest. Gently revealing itself to the atmosphere for all to see.
I’m being transported, literally. I deeply sense a young choir in 4 part harmony with a vocal borrowed from a goddess on high. A beautiful melodic thread made from a rising 6th, then slowly descending 3rds floating down. This tune is then repeated like an angelic drone. My shoulders have gently lowered and I don’t have a care in the world!! So mesmerising.
In a clearing nearby, a white, sparkly, grand piano with flowers for strings, begins to sing! It’s song is resonate and it calls to all of us. Each and every note is vital, and loaded with gold and silver.
The young voices sing in their own language, words I do not know, only known by the Omaticaya Clan of the Na’vi people who have a deep connection to the forest.
The song of the soaring eagle looks down upon us, the wind carrying it’s tune. It speaks to the flowering, sparkly piano and say’s “play us your most beautiful chord” and it does so by briefly departing from it’s singular thread of silver and gold.
The singing of the children starts to fade. It’s making way for the sweeping vocals of the elders. The dynamics become richer still when swathes of notes fall from the sky in their microtonal portamente
A rather urgent and ascending piano motif fills the sound of the forest right down to the single blading grass.
A building crescendo, layers in green, and fills thy flora and fauna with a wall of sound!! It keeps strong for a while when gradually, very gradually, the youthful voices emerge once again, but this time with a sense of a closing diminuendo.
The forest, the children, and the elders are now resting in a dusky pink twilight, serenaded by a Permanent Lullaby. ~~ Bravo Elyssia!!