THE NEW LIGHT
CD: Cyclic Law 10th Cycle / Erebus Odora EREBUS.005
Ltd x 2000
Source of Light
Prophecy of the Inevitable
Eclipse of the Soul
Like Statues in the Garden of Dreaming
Through the Grey Horizon
Wings of Gabriel
to begin when describing one of the most essential releases of the year?
Perhaps the simply sublime packaging, as expected from Cyclic Law? Perhaps
the thrill of brand new and unreleased Arcana material? Perhaps the closing
of a decade and dawning of a new in the world of one of the greatest acts
to exist today.
"The New Light" is a beauty to behold aesthetically and musically.
It encapsulates the last 10 years of Arcana in one magnificent place.
The classic, enchanting themes are all here, and from 'The Opening'
to 'Wings of Gabriel' the music feels absolutely timeless. The
style, for those unaware, is a mix of neoclassical and mournful dark ambient
themes with stunning strings and Peter's voice to round the whole process
off. For those who loved 'Inner Pale Sun', this is unquestionably
your next essential purchase.
Each song here is in some way new: unreleased demos, alternate recordings
and brand new writing are included. 'Reminiscence' was the first
ever Arcana track recorded back in 1994 and is a very personal song to
Peter based on an Estonian ferry tragedy in Eskilstuna. The first demo
ever sent to CMI is included ('Source of Light', 'Fade Away'
and 'Wound'), as are tracks made for live performances throughout
the career of Arcana. 'Wings of Gabriel' is the newest song on
the album having been penned this year. Peter says it is one of his favourites
and explores a rich arabic sound which, by the statement which accompanies,
hints the direction Arcana will travel in the near future. My instantly
favourite track is 'Source of Light' but at a mere 2:25 it really
leaves you begging for more.
The package itself contains a glossy booklet detailing Arcana's discography,
a step-by-step guide to each song on the album by Peter Bjärgö
himself, a mention of everyone involved in Arcana over the last decade
and the obligatory thank you note to close. You'd be foolish to miss out
on this, collector or virgin to Arcana.
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