Faith And The Muse – Elyria – Luxurious Tip On Sleeve Heavy Cardboard Double Black Gatefold Vinyl edition (Limited to 500 copies)
Release date: 27.06.2022
Format: Deluxe classic Tip On Sleeve Hard Board Gatefold Jacket edition (2 LPs on Black Vinyl – Limited to 500 copies)
Style: Gothic, Darkwave
- Plus 3 Bonus Live Tracks (“Sparks”, “All Lovers/Arianrhod”, “The Trauma Coil”) from Convergence XIII 2007.
- New Mastering by George Emmanuel (Pentagram Studio).
- 180 gr vinyls
The Circle Music, right after the sold-out of Gold & Deep Purple vinyl editions, proudly announces the release of Goth pioneers, Faith And The Muse – “Elyria” in a luxurious Tip On Sleeve vinyl edition.
(A tip-on record jacket involves printing the cover art on sheets of paper, then gluing those sheets to the board stock. The “tip” part of the name comes from how the paper was applied to the underlying board.)
Back in the year 1994, one of the most influential debut albums was released, leaving an indelible mark on Gothic music. Today, 27 years later, it’s still remembered for its depth and artistry.
“Elyria” consists of 14 equally enchanting musical pieces. Listening to this album, the listener can fully enjoy the raw talent of Faith And The Muse; that is, William Faith and Monica Richards, the duo who composed and performed this incredible album. The beauty hidden behind brilliant songs such as the eponymous “Elyria”, the monumental epic “All Lovers Lost”, the seductive seven-minute musical fairytale “Vervain”, the esteemed echoes of “Sparks”, the legendary “The Trauma Coil”… Elyria is both otherworldly and sophisticated.
We stop here, as there is no moment through “Elyria” that does not pulsate with inspiration and creativity. Today we are proud to release this glorious album for the first time on vinyl, completely remastered – along with the addition of three live bonus tracks from their live concert in 2007 at Convergence XIII in Portland, Oregon.
“Thy faces change: my love renames our starlit world,
The past remains forgotten by linear spite
One thousand pairs of second sight
Who through my eyes at last may see
We are divinity…
We choose to be.” (Vervain)
Disc 1, Side 1
3. All Lovers Lost
Disc 1, Side 2
6. Unquiet Grave
7. Iagos’ Demise
9. Corinna Sings
Disc 2, Side 1
11. Trauma Coil
Disc 2, Side 2
15. Sparks (Live Convergence, 2007)
16. All Lovers/Arianrhod (Live Convergence, 2007)
17. The Trauma Coil (Live Convergence, 2007)
All instruments and voices on Elyria by Monica Richards and William Faith.
Live at Convergence XIII, Portland, OR ~ 2007:
Paul Mercer: violin & percussion • Douglas Hirai: guitar & percussion
Cynthia Coulter: bass & percussion • Jeremy George: drums & percussion
Special Guest – Curse: Doumbek
Faith and the Muse is Monica Richards and William Faith. Well-known and widely respected in the Underground community, Faith and the Muse have already made their indelible mark on Independent music and culture.They have been called “an art band with a pop sensibility”; refusing to conform to current fads in music.
Amidst a diverse musical background ranging from Dark Alternative Rock and Electronica to World Music & Neo-Classical, to Jazz, Avant Garde and Folk, Faith and the Muse provide one of the rarest experiences in art, theater and music. As artists and songwriters, William Faith and Monica Richards have created their own unique universe by allowing no boundaries to the music they write, reaching across historical genre and cultural style. From personal acoustic pieces and traditional/tribal folk melodies to grand orchestral production and dark rock epics, this diverse combination of simplicity and complexity places Faith And The Muse in their own musical category.
Faith and the Muse came together in 1993 with the intention of taking music to new extremes; both being established veterans in Underground music. William Faith played with such cult icons as Christian Death and Shadow Project; Monica Richards, who got her start in music fronting Washington D.C. punk bands in the early 1980’s, made a name for herself in the post-punk outfit, Strange Boutique.
With the release of five albums and one double CD live/remix album, along with extensive touring throughout the U.S. and Europe over nearly two decades, the band managed to gain the attention of a vast assortment of music fans, owing to their constantly evolving sound: indefinable but unmistakable.
“Elyria Vinyl Deluxe Edition is coming!
We are so pleased that all Elyria vinyl has sold out, and have decided to do a new Deluxe Elyria Edition!
This new deluxe edition will be on black vinyl for best sound quality. It will also be in a classic tip-on hard board gatefold jacket. This special hard board record jacket is the original way of making record sleeves. Fans will truly enjoy this deluxe edition in an old-style, record jacket packaging.”