Karma (Press Release) - Nettwerk June 18
"Delerium is the latest of technology working with the most ancient of music"
Delerium co-founder Bill Leeb
Delerium is Bill Leeb and Rhy Fulber, a Vancouver-based duo renowned for their work together as Front Line Assembly, who together created the project to explore alternate rhythms and influences - a sonic escape from their industrial alter-egos.
Over its ten year history, Delerium has created eight albums filled with lush ambience, showcasing not only the duo's love for music from other cultures but also other centuries. This music has struck a powerful chord with many like-minded fans; the group's latest disc, Semantic Spaces, included their first commercial single, Flowers Become Screens, featuring Rose Chronicles vocalist Kristy Thirsk.
Karma is a powerful manifestation of ideas culled from Leeb's and Fulber's musical decade together. "It is much more organic, but at the same time very electronic," explains Leeb. "We went into this knowing that we wanted to incorporate sounds from all over the world." The pair did exactly that; among the sampled instruments the listener will find eastern percussion, wooden and bamboo flutes, Indian instruments and calls to prayer from many different countries.
The pinnacle of Karma's power, however, lies within its rich array of contributing vocalists. Nettwerk artists Sarah MacLachlan, Kristy Thirsk, Single Gun Theory's Jacqui Hunt, and Camille Henderson each bring their unique styles to this project. As well, Dead Can Dance frontwoman Lisa Gerrard approved the use of her sampled vocals for the ethereal Forgotten Worlds. And as for Delerium's trademark inclusion of monastic chants, the duo preferred this time to find a choir and recreate the Gregorian melodies in a Vancouver church. The remainder of the album was co-produced by Greg Reely (Sarah MacLachlan, Front Line Assembly) with Delerium and additional mixing by Mike Plotnikoff (The Cranberries).
Delerium is a project with infinite possibilities. The only constant according to Leeb is change. "The world is getting smaller and the possibilities for making different kinds of music are growing every day. It's very inspiring to be involved in that process."
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