Generation Prog Records is proud to announce the long-awaited 2nd album by Cea Serin: The Vibrant Sound of Bliss and Decay is set to be released worldwide on October 6, 2014. An album ten years in the making, this collection features five songs with a total playing time of 48 minutes, sharing a sound and atmosphere that belies the songs’ vastly different origins.
The first two tracks on The Vibrant Sound of Bliss and Decay are new recordings of two long-time staples of the Cea Serin live set: “Holy Mother” and “The Illumination Mask”, previously featured on the long-unavailable Chiaroscuro demo and often requested by fans for inclusion on a proper album. After drummer Rory Faciane joined the band, it was decided to grant the fans their wish and revisit these songs with better recording quality and a real drummer instead of the previously used drum machine.
The third track, a cover of the Sarah McLachlan song “Ice”, serves as a link between the revisited and the brand-new material. It features an original Cea Serin arrangement, turning the acoustic guitar ballad into a haunting, piano-backed piece, putting Jay Lamm’s clean vocals front and center and showcasing a different side of the band.
“The Victim Cult” is a brand-new track. “It deals with the castigation of the creators by the people content in sitting back in languor, judging and claiming a right to the services from the very people they’ve vilified,” says Jay Lamm, composer and lyricist of all four of the album’s originals. The song features a unique structure with two distinct choruses that lead into each other, with their order reversed at the end.
The album closes with the 20-minute epic “What Falls Away”, a song that deals with the suicide of a girl and how it impacts her family – her parents, who are trying to make sense of the events and what might have led to them, and her brother, who suffers from a mental disorder and cannot comprehend what has happened and why his life has changed.
The CD comes with a 12-page booklet containing the lyrics to all songs and Jay Lamm’s comments on them.
The Vibrant Sound of Bliss and Decay track listing:
- Holy Mother (7:07)
- The Illumination Mask (7:47)
- Ice (4:55)
- The Victim Cult (7:59)
- What Falls Away (20:00)
Total playing time: 47:48
The Vibrant Sound of Bliss and Decay is out on October 6 via Generation Prog Records. The album is available now for pre-order from the Generation Prog Records store. Stream the album in its entirety on Bandcamp. Cea Serin is one of the participating artists on the upcoming Progstravaganza: Beyond Frontiers sampler, with the song “The Victim Cult”. The compilation is availably for pre-order from Progify store.