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L'Âme Électrique
Trisol Music Group
L'Âme Électrique

Phenomena of Visitation

L'Âme Électrique

Artist: Die Form
Label: Trisol Music Group
Released: -0001-Nov-30
Cat. No.: TRI 095 CD + MET247
Format: Compact Disc

Notes & Commentary
Composed, performed and recorded by Philippe Fichot / Die Form
Female vocals : Éliane P.

Produced by Bain Total â„—1995-2001
Remastered in 2001

Copyright Control : Philippe Fichot / All Rights Reserved

Photography and cover design : Ph. F.

“L’Âme Électrique”, the second album of “the trilogy of passions”, introduces 12 new views inspired by dream and passion : visionary sceneries from inner worlds vacillating between light and shade, stroboscopic theatre of emotion, expression of the unconscious… electricity of desire. (Philippe Fichot / 10.95)

“L’Ame Electrique”, the new masterpiece of Philippe Fichot and Eliane P., alias Die Form, is a true object of art, created by the protagonists of erotic subculture with in one year of hard work.
The result is an album which seeks to find its equal but won’t find it. “L’Ame Electrique” contains twelve songs which are bound to fill the dancefloors once more, at the same time will turn our innermost, secretive, mysterious, unconscious, never admitted side upside down. No longer are Die Form reduced exclusively on the S/M component, which they were connected with ever since. Philippe Fichot : “Our music has been influenced by the S/M topic but we do not exclusively deal with S/M practices, it is more the complete topic of eroticism.” Die Form seek to present in their music an honest portrayal of their interial, spiritual nature, poetically transmitted. They place special emphesis on surrealistical and poetical aspects of eroticism. “L’Ame Electrique” mirrors all facets of erotica : love, hate, lecherous tortures, secret desires, devote passions, bold dreams and hidden fears.
The “heavenly voice” Eliane extols the visit of a being with serpent’s tongue (Phenomena of Visitation), tortures of a sleepwalker (La Somnambule) and dreams of unbridled passion (Le Rêve 2). The titletrack Luminary (L’Ame Electrique) expresses the differences between appearence and existance of human feelings, which has its origin in the electrifying power of human desires. Martyrium 2 (Memorial to Hiroshima) is a politically motivated view in which Eliane, who more and more advances to become the Maria Callas of Underground, bemoans the dropping of the atom bomb on the japanes city. Unreal Cinema, the final piece and with 8:33 the longest one of L’Ame Electrique, is presented in the fashion of a modern aria and is especially brillant because of the use of classical string instruments.
Eliane P. glistens because of her clear, hypnotical voice and at the same time contrasts with her singing the cold machinical music of Master Philippe Fichot. He sticks to his own, unique way of novel, ingenious sounds : he presents solemnly sacral songs like Martyrium 2 (Memorial to Hiroshima) – which he wrote the day of the 50th anniversary of the dropping of the atom bomb – or Hallucigenia, offers dancefloororientated, trancy songs such as Rosa Aeterna and La Machine Moderne, but at the same time uncompromising trementdous ones like experienced in Luminary. The title of the album as well as some of its songs are worded in French, Die Form’s mother tongue, which gives the work a supplementary, melodic accent.
Once more the coverartwork was exclusively in the master’s hands. He created a booklet in his unique black and white fashion, in which most of the lyrics of “L’Ame Electrique” are published. The frontcover once more is graced by Eliane. Philippe Fichot stylishly adorns her with a sumptuous dress, a black stole and a bunch of roses. Her image strongly suggests a sleeping beauty waiting for the prince to release her with the words “love energy – in your body” (La Machine Moderne).

With “L’Ame Electrique” Die Form strike again, presenting a subject for heated minds to talk about, an object to philosophize on, and last but not least definately music which compells to dance our way into extasy.
And now, like being told in Rosa Aeterna : “Close your eyes, open your mind”, Listen to L’Ame Electrique.

Oct. 1995 – Text : Robert Baumanns, EB musikmagazin – Translation : Edna Zwicker.