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Asylum

by Sianna Lyons

Uplifting, tragic, poetic, cinematic... a blend of world music, contemporary orchestral hybrid, and esoterica, this is music that expresses the boundlessness of the human spirit.
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1. The Last Wolf
Sianna Lyons
4:01 $0.99
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2. Where the Godless Prey
Sianna Lyons & Kiera González-Lyons
4:10 $0.99
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3. Síochána
Sianna Lyons
4:30 $0.99
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4. Illusions
Sianna Lyons
3:40 $0.99
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5. Asylum
Sianna Lyons
5:00 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The idea for this project was born simply out of Sianna's extraordinary voice. Trained in multiple esoteric vocal techniques, her dynamic and tonal range spans a spectrum of colors and emotions, from earth-shaking belts to gossamer filigree.

Although her early work consisted of writing and recording minimalist alt-pop songs (which she performed at NYC music mainstays like The Bitter End, The Bottom Line, and CB's Gallery), Sianna's unique skill-set landed her session gigs on a wide array of film and music projects. With her 5+ octave range, she created ethnic and otherworldly performances for U.S.-based and international composers and artists, including the overdubbing of her voice dozens of times to create the effect of a Bulgarian women's choir. One anecdote that shows the power of Sianna's voice: during rehearsals for an artistic concept album, Sianna unintentionally cracked a beer stein while hitting a very loud, extremely high note.

Our goal with this music is to interweave Sianna's exceptional voice with symphonic and contemporary electronic textures in order to engage the subtler senses of the listener. Many of these songs are based on melodies that are sung with an invented language or have no words at all, striving to connect with the listener on deeper emotional and spiritual levels.

- Federico González-Runnebaum (co-composer, producer, performer)

Review by Dave Franklin of dancingaboutarchitecture:

Asylum – Sianna Lyons (reviewed by Dave Franklin)
Posted on July 14, 2018 by Dave Franklin

They say that the largest part of communication is non-verbal, through body language and context. The same can be said about music, if done well, you can convey meaning and emotion through the music itself, talk to the listener in a more primal, basic way, heart to heart, soul to soul with no need for anything as limiting, blunt or direct as mere words. And that is an idea which lies at the heart of Sianna Lyons new collection of songs, Asylum.

Many of the songs lyrical content use more transient and opaque forms of communication, the private language of idioglossia, disembodied spoken word, of vocals used as an instrument, of wordless forms, of feeling, leaving the combination of the music itself and this secret and emotive expression to work its magic. And if that sounds as if this is all some ambient dreamscape, some fey delicacy it is so much more than that. The starting point is Sianna’s dynamic and impressive vocal range, songs such as Illusions showing the extent of it to perfection.

Where The Godless Pray, a song that predicted the dark times we are now finding ourselves in is the only one to feature universal language but it is bathed in such ethereality that the words shimmer and chime rather than converse and also feature 13 year old daughter Kiera Gonzalez Lyons, now heading out to embrace her own musical career. The title track rounds things off in a soaring crescendo, all dark drama and dynamic interplays.

And of course the vocals only land so impressively because of the music which drives them along, a masterclass in scoring and sitting somewhere between a film sound track and a Celtic odyssey, between ancient voices and future sounds, between space and atmosphere, anticipation and musical weight.

It is a stunning record, one that skirts a number of reference points, Enya, Clannad, Vangelis, the much overlooked Celtus, tipping its hat in reverence to all but maintaining enough distance and originality to be allowed to stand alongside those musical greats rather than merely follow them. Majestic, graceful, powerful, unique, it isn’t often that something this wonderful graces my reviewing desk. Day well and truly made.

Lyrics to Where the Godless Prey

Here where the nights are warm
Feeling melts into form
Awaiting the perfect storm

Stuck in a human maze
Vision obscured by haze
We’re losing our state of grace

They’ll rue with iron fists
Roaming the land with lists
Barbed wire will cuff our wrists

Ravens fly overhead
Steeples are bathed in red
Resistance will soon be dead

Lightning strikes will split the last day
Where the Godless people will prey
Resurrected hearts unbroken
Promises, new lies unspoken

Take my hand before the fire drowns me
Take me back to oceans where we swam free
Take me now away from this land stripped of love
Where hope is a wingless dove

Steel where there once was green
Beauty no longer seen
Yesterday just a dream

Solemn, we march at dawn
Silence instead of song
They planned it all along

They planned it all along


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