Idylls [Remastered Reissue]

by Love Spirals Downwards

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    This 2007 remastered reissue of 'Idylls' boasts a beautiful new version of the cover art, expanded for the digipac format. As with the music, the band returned to the original source photographs by Tom Pathe and Barbara Dowis to offer a higher quality version of the art than early 90's technology could produce. Additional band portraits taken in 1992 by Susan Jennings enhance the original design and add to the overall beauty of Love Spirals Downwards' ethereal/darkwave masterpiece.

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In 2007, band founder, sole musician, and producer, Ryan Lum returned to his master tapes for this special reissue of Love Spirals Downwards' definitive debut album for Projekt. In 1992 'Idylls' introduced the band's uniquely sumptuous sound of interwoven acoustic and electric guitar textures and exotically layered female vocals which seemed to meld the best of the 80's 4AD label sound (Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance) with 60's psychedelic folk rock (Popul Vuh, Jefferson Airplane). Vocalist, Suzanne Perry, mystified and entranced fans with her "Heavenly Voices" styled singing, which some have referred to as "glossolalia." Her mixture of Medieval poetry, nonsense sounds, and obscured modern English lyrics continue to capture listeners' imaginations to this day.

The remastered reissue of 'Idylls' is much improved in sound quality from the original CD and cassette version, with more sonic depth and clarity. It also offers 3 additional tracks, including Love Spirals Downwards first ever recorded song, a live track, and a rare extended mix from the out-of-print "Heavenly Voices Pt. 1" comp. Plus, it boasts a beautiful new version of the cover art, expanded for the digipac format. As with the music, the band returned to the original source photographs to offer a higher quality version of the art than early 90's technology could produce. Additional band portraits taken in 1992 by Susan Jennings enhance the original design and add to the overall beauty of Love Spirals Downwards ethereal/darkwave masterpiece.

Love Spirals Downwards are the unconscious mind of ethereal music, evoking forgotten memories with subjective, alien tongues. The sounds drift dreamily through one's thoughts like incense permeates the air -- perhaps the spicy fragrance will seduce you like a lover to its heat, or else it will elude the threshold of perception and weave itself into the mind's strata of buried experiences... The result of this Easternish atmosphere, with delicate guitar and ebbing, oceanic female vocals is a taste of the watery, warm, and sweet elements of the earth.

"Sumptuous acoustics, beautiful female voice, and sweet harmony rising to glorious heights. Thirteen angelic tracks tripping through peaceful illusions and fantasies, only briefly accessible in dreamsoaked memories."– Music From The Empty Quarter

“Like a cloud-ride to a heaven via angelic voices and delicate music.” -Industrial Nation

“Idylls is a brilliant album.” – Permission

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released November 20, 2007

Ryan Lum: acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keyboard, bass, drum machine programming, percussion, vocals
Suzanne Perry: vocals

All songs written and performed by Ryan Lum and Suzanne Perry, except for tracks 6 and 12 written and performed by Ryan Lum (BMI). Jeff Stone performed congas and shakers on track 4. Recorded, mixed, and produced by Ryan Lum. Digital remastering by Ryan Lum in 2007.

Cover photo and inside cover photo by Tom Pathe. Back cover photo by Barbara Dowis. Band photos by Susan Jennings. Logo design by Michael Plaster. Album design by Sam Rosenthal and Anji Bee.

All songs published by Seireenien Music, BMI
© 1992, 2007 Love Spirals Downwards

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Bonus Track Info:

Mediterranea originally released by Projekt on 'From Across This Gray Land No. 3,' 1992.
Scatter January (Live) is an intimate live performance, Los Angeles, CA, 11/14/1996.
Love’s Labour’s Lost (Heavenly Voices Mix) originally released by Hyperium on 'Heavenly Voices Pt. 1,' 1993.

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Love Spirals Downwards Los Angeles, California

Between 1992 and 1998, musician, Ryan Lum and vocalist, Suzanne Perry, released 4 best-selling Projekt albums under the name Love Spirals Downwards, with a unique blend of ethereal, shoegazer, folk, world, ambient, and electronica styles. In 2000, a retrospective comp, Temporal, was released with several new remixes, and in 2014, a long awaited collection of archival live recordings was released. ... more

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Track Name: Dead Language
Kala yey ra na
Sa ah hey su ra

Ra ja ni ra mo ma han
An la ji ka ra jum na

San dee dean nee ca su diva
Ka lay yey va na day vana
A kur ran ney da ney yoona
Va runa ba la re doola

Va vu oo na
Ba la ra ma
Ugrasena
Ja ta la

Va su de va
Su da ah ma
Vis nu in dra mu oo ni

Va vu oo na
Ba la ra ma
Ugrasena
Ja ta la

Va su de va
Su da ah ma
Vis nu in dra mu oo ni
Track Name: Stir About The Stars
I begin again
As the world outside ends
Dense, even in the still light
To owe you my life
I tell you
Make castles when you want to
And fill them with sights
Stir about the stars
During night below these tides
Track Name: Ladonna Dissima
Ladonna dissima
Ladonnna donna dissima
(x2)

Ladon la dissima dima
(x2)

Ladonna Ladonna la dissima la dissima
(x2)

Ladonna dissima
Ladonnna donna dissima
(x2)

Donna don

Ladonna dissima
Ladonnna donna dissima
(x2)

Donna don

Ladonna Ladonna la dissima la dissima
(x2)

Ladonna dissima
Ladonnna donna dissima
(x2)

Donna don

La donna dissima (la donna dissima)
(x2)

La donna dissima
La donna dissima ahh ahh
Track Name: Drops, Rain, And Sea
Allured by me, forsake said she
Adamantine drops, rain, and sea

Now with lowery wisdom
Nobility assured
Opulent sweetness
Vision answered

Slow now, she may
Freely she chose
Flow down in May, far away

Now with lowery wisdom
Nobility assured
Opulent sweetness
Vision answered

Slow now, she may
Freely she chose
Flow down in May
Flow down in May
Track Name: And The Wood Comes Into Leaf
Goeth sun under, groweth seed bloweth
That wereden bright golde
Springeth sing, murie sing
Goeth sun under tre

Wherebeth they biforen us weren
And hadden feld and wode
The wood comes into leaf
Thou might and canst and owest shield
Therein never havest owest then
Maiden evermore

Weree so water in wore rune
He may me bliss bringe
When spray begin springe
Nights when I wande and wake

Wherebeth they biforen us weren
And hadden feld and wode
The wood comes into leaf
Thou might and canst and owest shield
Therein never havest owest then
Maiden evermore

Wherebeth they biforen us weren
And hadden feld and wode
The wood comes into leaf
Thou might and canst and owest shield
Therein never havest owest then
Maiden evermore

With troubled eyes are
Never have I cast
Me you with thy song
Track Name: Mediterrenea
Trom lea fio

Fio ney ah rotanyo
Ley on ley ah cio

Leontey nonya rantay
bah la

Criola dante danyo
Xan ee froh ah mio

Kanto ley roma vellay
Ehia

Allas reyas
Lea tha
Allas reyas
Lea tha

Trom rey am
Lea lam
Fiore fio
Freya say
Dolce spira
Scherza mira
Va go
La bru ay
Dazure ay
Bella fria la flegate
Trom rey am
Lea lam
Va go

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Trom rey am
Lea lam
Fiore fio
Freya say
Dolce spira
Scherza mira
Va go
La bru ay
Dazure ay
Bella fria la flegate
Trom rey am
Lea lam
Va go