Reminiscence [Pop]

RELEASE: 01.09.2006

LABEL: Noir Records



At the core of Lunascape are musicians Kyoko Baertsoen and Walter Hilhorst. The duo originally met in 1993 at the television and film academy in Brussels, Belgium and began to fiddle around with covers and some original material. In 1997, Kyoko was offered the spot of lead singer for Hooverphonic and her work with Walter was put on the back burner. After touring Europe extensively with Hooverphonic, Kyoko left the band and returned to her work with Walter; Lunascape was born.

The Lunascape sound mixes catchy rhythms, sampling and loops with electric guitars reinforced by strong melodies and Kyoko's enchanting voice. Kyoko recently spoke about her musical influences: “I’ve listened to so many different types of music from Abba to Pink Floyd. At about 13 I was immersed in the sinister new wave of Sisters of Mercy, Bauhaus and Joy Division but one band really took me all the way into the ‘beautiful realms of music’: The Cocteau Twins. It’s the extraordinary original melodies of Liz Fraser; I've never heard anyone do this again. For me she'll stay the goddess of chant forever.”

Taken by their blend of etherealism and emotional adeptness, a European A&R rep caught the duo at one of their many shows throughout the region and quickly signed them and shuttled them into a studio to begin recording. While the band released albums and singles in Europe, their first North American exposure came in a most unusual way. In 2001, Kyoko starred alongside Harry Shearer in IMAX’s 3-D film “Haunted Castle.” Kyoko became an underground cult figure. Fans of bands like Dead Can Dance, Delerium and Cocteau Twins uncovered Lunascape’s European catalog and import versions began to sell in the US. Another twist in Lunascape’s international fortunes came in 2003. Sinead O’Connor teamed up with Delerium’s Rhys Fulber for his new project, Conjure One, whose first single was a cover of Lunascape’s “Tears From The Moon.” Kyoko and Walter had worked on the song with famed producer Rick Nowels (Madonna, Dido) in his LA studio. Sinead and Rhys’ cover version went to number 3 on Billboard’s Dance Chart and hovered in the Top 5 for several weeks becoming a hallmark of dance clubs throughout the world in the Summer of 2003.

Now with the release of REMINISCENCE (Noir / Dancing Ferret) the duo continue their march towards finely crafted pop songs with their beloved affinity for rare instruments, breathy mixes and of course, Kyoko’s angelic vocals. Mindstalking, the first single from Reminiscence, went into the Billboard Top 40 Dance Charts in the USA.

(Quelle: PR | Alexandra Doerrie, Another Dimension, 10.7.2006)

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