Generation Prog Records is proud to announce the long-awaited 2nd album by Cea Serin: The Vibrant Sound of Bliss and Decay is set to be released worldwide on October 6, 2014. An album ten years in the making, this collection features five songs with a total playing time of 48 minutes, sharing a sound and atmosphere that belies the songs’ vastly different origins.
The first two tracks on The Vibrant Sound of Bliss and Decay are new recordings of two long-time staples of the Cea Serin live set: Holy Mother and The Illumination Mask, previously featured on the long-unavailable Chiaroscuro demo and often requested by fans for inclusion on a proper album. After drummer Rory Faciane joined the band, it was decided to grant the fans their wish and revisit these songs with better recording quality and a real drummer instead of the previously used drum machine.
The third track, a cover of the Sarah McLachlan song Ice, serves as a link between the revisited and the brand-new material. It features an original Cea Serin arrangement, turning the acoustic guitar ballad into a haunting, piano-backed piece, putting Jay Lamm‘s clean vocals front and center and showcasing a different side of the band.
The Victim Cult is a brand-new track. „It deals with the castigation of the creators by the people content in sitting back in languor, judging and claiming a right to the services from the very people they’ve vilified,“ says Jay Lamm, composer and lyricist of all four of the album’s originals. The song features a unique structure with two distinct choruses that lead into each other, with their order reversed at the end.
The album closes with the 20-minute epic What Falls Away, a song that deals with the suicide of a girl and how it impacts her family – her parents, who are trying to make sense of the events and what might have led to them, and her brother, who suffers from a mental disorder and cannot comprehend what has happened and why his life has changed.
The CD comes with a 12-page booklet containing the lyrics to all songs and Jay Lamm‘s comments on them.
The Vibrant Sound of Bliss and Decay track listing:
1. Holy Mother (7:07)
Total playing time: 47:48
The Vibrant Sound of Bliss and Decay is out on October 6 via Generation Prog Records. The album is available now for pre-order from the Generation Prog Records store. Stream the album in its entirety on Bandcamp. Cea Serin is one of the participating artists on the upcoming Progstravaganza: Beyond Frontiers sampler, with the song The Victim Cult. The compilation is availably for pre-order from Progify store.
MEDIA ALERT: If interested in reviewing Cea Serin’s The Vibrant Sound of Bliss and Decay or featuring it in radio shows or podcasts, please get in touch at email@example.com. The band is also available for interviews.
Progarchy’s take. Very nice. Eager to hear this. In particular, I’m very glad to see someone take on Sarah McLachlan’s early music. For anyone interested in a Talk Talkish form of prog, McLachlan got it about perfect on “Ice.” A huge thanks to Prog Sphere (Nick!) for the advanced notice.