Sylvi Alli | A Hundred Birds

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A Hundred Birds

by Sylvi Alli

Lullabies and Love Songs from the Bardo - a dream journey through a landscape of twilight visions and memories, featuring the beautifully resonant vocals of Sylvi Alli.
Genre: Folk: Urban Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Arrival
3:05 $0.99
2. Embers
4:54 $0.99
3. Blood
3:37 $0.99
4. Flesh Has Flown
2:59 $0.99
5. Sovereign
3:35 $0.99
6. Astral
4:52 $0.99
7. Dying Star
3:54 $0.99
8. A Hundred Birds
4:30 $0.99
9. Home On the Range
3:33 $0.99
10. Twilight
4:11 $0.99
11. Maenad
7:15 $0.99
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Album Notes
Eleven songs, eleven stories unravel their hypnoagogic dream journey through the internal landscape of twilight visions and memory.....where enchantment borders the perilous and whimsy settles on everything like gold dust on moths.

Supported by a variety of instrumentation, Sylvi's enchanting vocals are transported to new heights in these original songs. With all the music composed and performed by Sylvi, A HUNDRED BIRDS is her most personal and intimate album to date.


Originally from the "Deep South", Sylvi migrated westward, bringing with her the haunted strains of moss-covered oaks and antebellum ruins, to embrace the beauty and nature of the west coast. Her music runs a spectrum from dark gothic to whimsical ballads to experimental songscapes. She approaches her compositions from her background as a visual artist, also drawing from her classical piano training as well as from experimental forays into ambient industrial soundscape. She also composes and records music for film, dance and theatre.

Review excerpts:

"Somewhere between gothic folk and ambient music, "A Hundred Birds" is a dark, mellow journey in myth and madness. The instrumentation...mixes electronics and acoustics...into hypnotic, gentle and slightly disturbing soundscapes. Alli's near operatic voice vacillates between soaring highs and exploring the lower range of her voice. She sounds like a cross between Lisa Gerrard and Nina Simone. Her songs are filled with visionary images that linger in the mind. The opening song "Arrival" has a psychedelic feel. "Twilight" is a lullabye, the sweetest thing on this mournful album. The closing track "Maenad" is an experimental piece that ends the song-cycle on an unsettling note. For lovers of 'heavenly voices' and folk noir." (Ethereal lad)

"......she writes intriguing songs which captivate you from the beginning to the end. As a result, this record has got absolutely not one dull moment and songs like ‘Arrival‘, ‘Embers’ and ‘Sovereign‘ will grow on you each moment you listen to them again. For people who love quiet pop with sometimes light folk influences “A Hundred Birds” is an album you must have." (Gothtronic)

"...The music is a bit hard to categorize.... It's extremely laid-back folkish music, but with a gothic touch. Think of Kayno Yesno Slonce, but with more traditional songstructure, and with heavenly female vocals. Think of a darker and quieter version of Loreena McKennit. Think of Dead Can Dance without the tribal influences, like their version of 'The Wind That Shakes The Barley'. That should give you a pretty good idea what kind of music this is.

The eleven songs on this CD are together just over 46 minutes in length. Every song does not continue endlessly, luckily, but stops long before it has a chance of becoming too much of the same. Instead, every song has it's very own beauty coming from a wonderful combination of melody, rhythm and vocals. This is indeed a wonderful album, and everyone who enjoys dark, melodic and relaxed music should definitely check sylvi alli out. There's a certain depth in this album, which makes you want to listen to the songs time and time again, discovering new things over and over. This is perfect music for dark nights, when you're together with your loved one for instance, or when you just want to create an intimate atmosphere." (Heathen Harvest)



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Lea Bender

Alli's best work to date
Alli's seamless shifts from dark depths to operatic highs on "100 Birds" take the listener on an emotional, metaphysical journey though an aural landscape both earthly and ethereal. Alli's style, while distinct, is at times reminiscent of the liltiing, gothic sound of Loreena McKennitt yet can also bring to mind the dark, experimental edge of PJ Harvey (but without the punk overtones, think 'White Chalk' rather than 'Uh Huh, Her'). Sylvi's haunting vocals are accompanied by an impressive assortment of instruments and soundscapes (all played and created my Alli herself) ranging from banjo to accordion to music box. The complexity and depth of the songs, both musically and lyrically make for an album that doesn't wear out after a few listens; the songs seem to magically reveal something new each time. If you are a fan of Alli's already, this cd is a must; it is her best work yet. If you are not familiar with Alli, "100 Birds" is a great introduction to a a little known artist with a major talent and a unique style.

Katrina Wilson

a deeply compelling contrariness weaves subtle textures of melody and harmony
Sylvi's songs and music, especially her voice, has this simultaneous effect on me. She gives me goosebumps while soothing my soul. Her songs stir me up while calming me down. In "100 Birds" this deeply compelling contrariness weaves subtle textures of melody and harmony into a gentle hypnotic complexity. These songs are clearly mezmerising. I especially love the haunted feeling of "Blood", the eerie majesty of "Sovereign", the playfully droll "Dying Star" and the devilishly delicious, "Maenad". Though her vocal talent can be compared with Celtic songstress Loreena Mckennitt and even the genius of Lisa Gerrard, Sylvi's voice is all her own. Highly recommended.