Syven "Corpus Christi"

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Syven "Corpus Christi"
  • Album: Corpus Christi
  • Year: 2012
  • Label: Audiokratik
  • Artist: 
  • Finland

SYVEN continues to be a therapy! That's what I wrote after listening to their debut album: an otherworldly therapy that transports you to another world.

It's curious how I can say I feel the same thing, even today. I finally found the courage to sit down and write about the new album "Corpus Christi", which will be launched at KRUNA Neios. Actually the official release date is set for the 6th of December, but the band will present the material, live – en premier in Brasov. It is the first time they will be performing live, and those present at the venue, will have the pleasure of actually discovering the full dimension of SYVEN. It's the kantele, a magical instrument combined with an astounding voice, that create the superb living and breathing entity that is SYVEN.

I don't know how to talk about these 35 minutes of music, without being absolutely subjective, especially since I'm forever bound by private elements to this release. There's something in this music that rekindled my hope and trust in therapy (I couldn't find a better word) and in the existence of some entities present somewhere beyond my fleshy consciousness or my circumspect logic. That very logic that's always very hungry for answers and finding meaning almost in everything, finding entities, my thoughts, hopes and desires could sing along with. Or this is what I choose to believe and I'm in no rush of finding another answer, another explanation. Nevertheless, I felt that "something". The fact that I heard the album for the first time in solitude, being somewhere above the world at 2000 m, probably helped intensify my experience.

I know the two musicians did everything humanly possible so that their musical jewel could shine with a healing force, a force I continue to believe in.

Compared to their debut, the new album is composed of a single track, structured in 4 parts (I: Ploratio; II: Corpus Christi; III: Renascentia; IV: Crucem Sanctam Subiit), each bringing forth a different story, but also its own ingenuity and expressivity. Surely, this album represents one of the most Dark materials I have ever listened to. So much that if you don't find yourself in a certain mood, you risk being "scared" off by the album's sacrality. It might come off as too cold, too dark, too distant. For some it might even seem monotonous.

The sobriety and solemnity of this album is overwhelming and is dominated by the references to religious rituals, shamanic incantations, ambiental aromas, feelings, meditative introspections. And everything is created through an inspired interweb of kantele accords (the ones build by Aslak) mixed with Andy's beautiful inflexions. What a voice he possesses!

I'm a little bothered by the synthetic vibe the percussion gives me, but this is just a grain of sand, when you look at the big picture. What resulted is a unique concept that faintly reminds me of NEST, instrumental and atmospheric wise, in a concept that never ceases to create an intense experience constructed by an overwhelming voice.

Yes, I admit, this is a thick album, which reeks of a somber atmosphere, but if you listen to it carefully it can unravel a warm, optimistic even cozy aura of piece and inner reconciliation. I get this vibe especially on "Renascentia".

The DVD does not lack for savory parts – viewers will find on it a mix of fuzzy images that constitute perfect visuals for the dynamics and the message SYVEN is trying to get across. This is an album of non colors – black and white – and should be listened to when in the mood to be alone with thy self, late at night, when nothing seems to end.

"I am a walker Between worlds, My song is endless, Endless and formless..."