Finding Beauty in Chaos
The reason why this musical vehicle we have created is called BEAUTY IN CHAOS is simplistic; yet not so. The vision of a beautiful flower growing in the middle of an abandoned burnt-out building replays over and over in my head when I look to describe the why. Assembling, or in some cases, disassembling beautiful soundscapes, melodies and chords, while injecting harsh bursts of sonics … or visa versa. Light in the dark, dark in the light is the contrast that helps in realizing the goal of creating something musical that is also very visual and cinematic.
ASHTON NYTE: VOICES
MICHAEL CIRAVOLO: GUITARS, ELECTRIC BASS
DIRK DOUCETTE: LIVE DRUMS
Produced by MICHAEL ROZON
(Nyte / Ciravolo)
I sat down with the intention of writing something that encompasses all the elements of what I dreamed this record could be … a mixture of beautiful textures with an interjection of a bit of chaos and brashness. I loved the music on this track when I sent it to Ashton … but his lyrics, his voice and his melodies tied all these elements together. But more importantly, collaborating with Ashton gave me the confidence that I could make this record happen. I think this song “Storm” is the obvious choice for the debut single and video, and since I am the ‘curator’ of BEAUTY IN CHAOS; the only choice!
Ashton corroborates “Musically and lyrically “Storm” feels at home somewhere between my last solo album and The Awakening album I’m currently completing, so the artistic synergy was perfect. It was frankly amazing to receive a song that felt like it was made for my voice and instantly inspired lyrics and vocal melodies we are both proud of. Michael has a wonderful sense of mood and melody and his songs are a lush landscape for me to add what I do best, in a very fluid, natural way. “Storm” is a song about seeking a light in the proverbial dark, destructive and tediously distracting world we find ourselves in. “And the storm can wait, wait outside for another sacrifice”.
3. Man of Faith
What can I say? To understand the impact of what this song means to me and how it came together, you would have to know how much THE MISSION and THE CURE’s records occupy and continue to consume a lot of time on my turntable. To have these two icons perform on the same song… MY song is still quite surreal! And to call them my friends? Truly a Blessing.
Wayne explains, “Michael persuaded our mutual friend, Simon Gallup, my 2nd ever favourite bass player, to play bass on Man Of Faith. Simon and I had been threatening to make music together for years and, and like most good ideas born out of a shared bottle or three, just one of those things we hadn’t yet gotten around to doing. It’s taken Michael to make it happen. And who’s not to say there won’t be more music by the three of us in the future.
I don’t like to explain what the words mean to me, I prefer the listener to make up their own mind. Yeah, I know, it’s a cop-out. That’s because quite often I don’t really know what I mean anyway when writing the song. With this one, I had the opening line and once that came the rest followed fairly easily. In my minds eye it does tell a story, a sordid little tale really, and maybe not all that it seems on the surface. Just don’t believe everything I say. Yeah, I know you don’t anyway!”
WAYNE HUSSEY: LEAD, HARMONY VOCALS
SIMON GALLUP: ELECTRIC BASS
MICHAEL CIRAVOLO: ELECTRIC, ACOUSTIC GUITARS
MICHAEL ROZON: LIVE DRUMS
ASHTON NYTE, JOHNNY INDOVINA: ADDITIONAL VOCALS
Produced by MICHAEL ROZON
(Hussey / Ciravolo)
Evi Vine: voices and words
Michael Ciravolo: guitars
Tish Ciravolo: bass guitar
Michael Rozon: Drum programming
Dirk Doucette: live drums
Recorded, Mixed and Produced by Michael Rozon
Additional recording by Evi Vine
(Vine / Ciravolo)
12. I Will Follow You
When I first saw the video of Evi singing ‘Black Mountain Mist’ with the MISSION, I knew I had to have her as part of this record. I simply fell in love with her voice.. it reminded me of the early 4AD stuff, but with even more emotion. I was absolutely thrilled when Wayne made the introduction and vouched for me! This has become one of, if not, my absolute favorite song on this album. Lyrically and sonically, it's just such a perfect mesh.
Evi adds “ Love flows thru the writing, as soon as I heard the track I was hooked and know this was for me”. We had the music basically done, sans live drums. It was very hypnotic and cinematic with the loop Michael Rozon created. I had considered sending this song to two really ‘famous’ goth singers, but I found myself really intrigued and enticed the more I heard Evi’s voice. I am so happy that we went this route with Evi; these are definitely the words and melody that was meant for this piece of music.
“I felt so connected to the moment of the piece, it was such a respectful and harmonious experience to collaborate with Michael. Writing music should inspire and ignite a passion. When the nothingness is tearing up the earth … there is beauty in chaos" says Ms. Vine..