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A
[ A Covenant of Thorns - Forgotten ]
[ A Covenant of Thorns - Fields of Flesh ]
[ A Covenant of Thorns - If The Heavens Should Fall ]
[ A Covenant of Thorns - Hallowed Hallow ]
[ Aarktica - In Sea ]
[ Absurd Minds - Serve Or Suffer ]
[ Absurd Minds - NoumenoN ]
[ Absurd Minds - The Focus ]
[ Acretongue - Strange Cargo ]
[ Aenima - Sentient ]
[ Aeon Sable - Hypearion ]
[ Aeon Sable - Visionaers ]
[ Aeon Sable - Aequinoctium ]
[ Aeon Sable - Saturn Return ]
[ Aeon Sable - Per Aspera Ad Astra ]
[ Aesma Daeva - The Thalassa Mixes ]
[ Aesma Daeva - Dawn of the New Athens ]
[ Alio Die & Jack or Jive - Mei-Jyu ]
[ Alkemic Generator - Mechanical Reflections ]
[ Alkemic Generator - The Oniric Geometry ]
[ Alkemic Generator - Wishful Illusion ]
[ All My Faith Lost ... - Redefine My Pure Faith ]
[ All My Faith Lost ... - The Hours ]
[ All My Faith Lost ... - As You're Vanishing In Silence ]
[ An Danzza - Whispers of the Forest ]
[ An Danzza - Scintilla ]
[ An Danzza - Tierra De Andanzas ]
[ An Danzza - Canción de los Juncos ]
[ An Danzza - Last Autumn Tears ]
[ Anabantha - Sin Decir Adios ]
[ And One - Frontfeuer EP ]
[ And One - Bodypop ]
[ And One - Aggressor ]
[ Android Lust - Devour, Rise and Take Flight ]
[ Android Lust - The Dividing ]
[ Angelic Foe - Mother of Abominations ]
[ Angelic Foe - Oppressed by the Heavens ]
[ AngelTheory - Re-Possession ]
[ Angels & Agony - Unison ]
[ Angels & Agony - Avatar ]
[ Anima Virus - End of the Eden ]
[ Anti-M - Damage ]
[ Apraxia - Trite Permission ]
[ Arcana - As Bright As A Thousand Suns ]
[ Arcana - Emerald ]
[ Arcana - Raspail ]
[ Arcana - Le Serpent Rouge ]
[ Arcana - The New Light ]
[ Arcana - Inner Pale Sun ]
[ Arditi - Omni Ensis Impera ]
[ Artesia - Wanderings ]
[ Artesia - Chants d'Automne ]
[ Artesia - Hilvern ]
[ Arts of Erebus - On The Edge Of Insanity ]
[ Arts of Erebus - Dawn of the Dead ]
[ Ascii.Disko - Black Orchid: From Airlines To Lifelines ]
[ Assemblage 23 - Endure ]
[ Assemblage 23 - Bruise ]
[ Assemblage 23 - Compass ]
[ Assemblage 23 - Meta ]
[ Assemblage 23 - Binary ]
[ Assemblage 23 - Ground ]
[ Assemblage 23 - Storm ]
[ Assemblage 23 - Let The Wind Erase Me ]
[ Ataraxia - Llyr ]
[ Atrium Animae - Dies Irae ]
[ Attrition - The Jeopardy Maze ]
[ Attrition - Smiling, at the Hypogonder Club ]
[ Attrition - At the Fiftieth Gate ]
[ Attrition - 3 Arms & a Dead Cert ]
[ Attrition - In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts ]
[ Attrition - Tearing Arms From Deities ]
[ Aura Noctis - En Directo 2015 ]
[ Aura Noctis - Vitae Proelium ]
[ Aura Noctis - Itineris I ]
[ Autumn's Grey Solace - Divinian ]
[ Autumn's Grey Solace - Eifelian ]
[ Autumn's Grey Solace - Ablaze ]
[ Autumn's Grey Solace - Shades Of Grey ]
[ Autumn's Grey Solace - Riverine ]
[ Autumn's Grey Solace - Over the Ocean ]
[ Aythis - Glacia ]
[ Azoic, The - Corruption EP ]
[ Azoic, The - Illuminate ]
[ Azoic, The - Conflict EP ]
[ Azoic, The - Forward... ]
B
[ backandtotheleft - Obsolete ]
[ Beborn Beton - A Worthy Compensation ]
[ Behind the Scenes - Pure ]
[ Bella Lune - Tranzendance ]
[ Bella Lune - Secrets ]
[ Bella Lune - Ophelia ]
[ Bella Lune - Synesthesia ]
[ Bella Morte - Exorcisms ]
[ Bella Morte - Before The Flood ]
[ Bella Morte - Beautiful Death ]
[ Bella Morte - Bleed The Grey Sky Black ]
[ Bella Morte - Songs For The Dead ]
[ Bella Morte - As The Reasons Die ]
[ Birthday Massacre, The - Imagica ]
[ Birthday Massacre, The - Superstition ]
[ Birthday Massacre, The - Hide and Seek ]
[ Birthday Massacre, The - Imaginary Monsters ]
[ Birthday Massacre, The - Pins and Needles ]
[ Birthday Massacre, The - Walking With Strangers ]
[ Birthday Massacre, The - Violet ]
[ Birthday Massacre, The - Violet EP ]
[ Birthday Massacre, The - Nothing and Nowhere ]
[ Black Nail Cabaret - Dichromat ]
[ Black Tape for a Blue Girl - These Fleeting Moments ]
[ Black Tape for a Blue Gril - The Rope ]
[ Black Tape for a Blue Gril - Remnants of a Deeper Purity ]
[ Black Tape for a Blue Girl - Halo Star ]
[ Black Tape for a Blue Girl - Tarnished ]
[ Blackmore's Night - Autumn Sky ]
[ Blackmore's Night - Winter Carols ]
[ Blank - Dark Retreat ]
[ Blank - Impact Zone ]
[ Blank - Artificial Breathing ]
[ Blank - Overhead EP ]
[ Bloodwire - Transformation ]
[ Blue Birds Refuse To Fly - Xenomorph Angel ]
[ Bow Ever Down - The Product Of My Pain ]
[ Braindance - Master of Disguise ]
[ Brillig - The Red Coats ]
[ Brillig - The Plagiarist ]
[ Brotherhood - The Other Side of Fear ]
[ Brotherhood - The Dark EP ]
[ Brotherhood - Turn The Gold To Chrome ]
C
[ Caelum Bliss - 1993-1999 ]
[ Carlo De Filippo - Di Indomito Incanto ]
[ Carol Blaze - I Killed My Love ]
[ Carphax Files - Revolutions vol 1: dirt ]
[ Carphax Files - Vengeance ]
[ Cathedral Park - Monument ]
[ Cell Division - Chymeia ]
[ Cervello Elettronico - Negate the Instigator ]
[ Cesium_137 - Intelligent Design ]
[ Cesium_137 - Luminous ]
[ Cesium_137 - Elemental ]
[ Chandeen - Winter Reverbs ]
[ Chandeen - Forever and Ever ]
[ Chandeen - Blood Red Skies ]
[ Chandeen - Teenage Poetry ]
[ Chandeen - Pandora's Box ]
[ Changelings - Debut ]
[ Changelings - Astronomica ]
[ Chiasm - 11:11 ]
[ Chiasm - Obligatory ]
[ Chiasm - Reform ]
[ Chiasm - Relapse ]
[ Chiasm - Divided We Fall ]
[ Chiasm - Disorder ]
[ Charlotte's Shadow - Hush ]
[ Cinderfall - In Memoriam ]
[ Claire Voyant - Lustre ]
[ Claire Voyant - Love Is Blind ]
[ Code 64 - Departure ]
[ Cold In May - Dark Season ]
[ Cold In May - Gone Away With The Memories ]
[ Collection d'Arnell-Andrea - Exposition ]
[ Collide - These Eyes Before ]
[ Collide - Two Headed Monster ]
[ Collide - Like The Hunted DVD ]
[ Collide - Live At The El Rey ]
[ Collide - Vortex ]
[ Collide - Some Kind Of Strange ]
[ Colony 5 - Buried Again ]
[ Colony 5 - Knives ]
[ Colony 5 - Fixed ]
[ Corvus Corax - Best Of Corvus Corax ]
[ Covenant - The Blinding Dark ]
[ Covenant - Leaving Babylon ]
[ Covenant - Modern Ruin ]
[ Covenant - Skyshaper ]
[ Covenant - Ritual Noise ]
[ Covenant - Northern Light ]
[ Creating.Paradise - Killing Dreams EP ]
[ Crüxshadows, The - Immortal ]
[ Crüxshadows, The - Birthday ]
[ Crüxshadows, The - Dreamcypher ]
[ Crüxshadows, The - Fortress in Flames]
[ Crüxshadows, The - Telemetry of a Fallen Angel ]
[ Crüxshadows, The - Ethernaut ]
[ Culture Kultür - Spirit ]
[ Culture Kultür - Reborn ]
[ Cylix - Alpha ]
Alio Die and Jack or Jive Stefano Musso hails from Milan, Italy where he formed Alio Die in 1989.  Over the next three years, Stefano worked on his debut album Under an Holy Ritual which he self-released in 1992 and was later picked up by Projekt Records for re-release 1993.  Like many other ambient artists, the releases have emerged from an unstoppable fountain with over 25 released to date.  Many of these are collaborations with other artists including famed ambient giants Robert Rich, Vidna Obmana and many others.

In that same year of 1989 another great force in the ambient music scene was created by artists Chako and Makoto Hattori in the form of Jack or Jive.  Much like their ambient counterparts, this band releases often more than one album or mini-album each year for a total of more than twenty five releases to date.  Their music often fuses ambient with heavenly vocals to take the ambient soundscapes to a whole new level.

In 2005 this duo joined forces to release an album with Projekt Records titled Mei-Jyu.  This joint work shows the individual talents as well as combined efforts portrayed in an incredible masterpiece.  Both bands appeal to the ambient, ethereal and many new age fans across the world.

Be sure to check out selections from this joint collaboration as well as post releases from both bands on the Gothic Paradise Ethereal radio show.



Mei-Jyu - Review

This album shouldn't really be a surprise to avid ambient and ethereal fans.  Those that follow either the Projekt releases or Prikosnovenie will be very familiar with both of these bands and their spectacular music.Mei-Jyu  This album pulls the talents from all artists together into a special treat of nine mesmerizing tracks.  The liner notes explain a little bit about "Meijyu" deriving from the Zen practice (the way of liberation through direct experience of the here and now).  It is a thing of beauty and thus the music on this album shines through.

The nine-minute long title track stands as an introduction and mood setting piece for the album.  The various ambient sounds that both bands contribute provide an otherworldly backdrop for Chako's dreamy vocals.  As a fan of various new age, ambient and ethereal music, this tapestry that is created for this and other tracks is wonderful on it's own.  In fact there are two awesome instrumental ambient pieces in the form of "Slow Motion" and "Meijyu (Reprise)" that really bring out the strengths in the ambient and environmental sounds.  Much like the new age "sounds of nature" or others that have become something of a fad, these artists have been providing this stellar style for years and it comes out perfect on these tracks.

While remaining a fan of the ambient and even instrumental pieces, it all becomes a hundred times more uplifting, captivating and mesmerizing when you throw Chako's unique vocals into the mix.  Any one who has listened to a Jack or Jive album knows exactly what I'm talking about.  Even if it means absolutely nothing to me, whether it's in Japanese or simply a humming or other layered vocals, her vocals are addicting beyond any cure.  As I listen to simple tracks like "Fluff of a Dandelion" with various harmonic layered vocals drifting above the already described ambient layers, the music holds the listener entranced.

And so the music drifts on through each of these captivating pieces from "Make an Arc Through the Air" to "Village Enveloped in the Mist", there is just no easy way to describe the music and subsequent feeling present when you listen to it.  This is an absolute stellar album and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys their music slow and entrancing.

Rating: 5/5



Alio Die Website: www.aliodie.com
Jack or Jive Website: www.jackorjive.com
Label for this release: Projekt Records

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