If you adore shimmering soundscapes
adorned with sweet female vocals from operatic to incredibly sexy,
never slipping into the cheesy abyss, then you’ll love Nuages
Du Monde, the 5th full length album from Delerium. Producers
Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber, in collaboration with some incredible
vocalists, like sophisticated soprano Isabel Baryakdarian, chanteuse
Katherine Blake backed up in harmonious lushness by the Medaevil
Baebes, Zoe Johnston, Kiran Ahluwalia (a Punjabi singer) will mesmerize
you with their music, a lustrous sheen of cinematic pop-infused
We had a chance to ask some questions of Bill Leeb by email, to
find out more...
Your album's title is beautiful - why in French and why that
Because I wanted this album to have a real worldly feel. In French,
it just had a more poetic ring to it. Ý
We'd love to hear about some of the collaborators... where
did you find Kiran Ahiuwalla?
Most of the collaborators came thru Nettwerk records, who have
this global reach. They get so many cds sent to them, it was literally
sitting here and listening to all these different cds to find singers
who we thought would fit the tracks. Ý
How about Isabel Baryakdarian? What made you want to work
I actually heard her first on the CBC Christmas classical show,
singing 16th Century medieval hymn songs. I was so taken by her
voice. After I heard that performance, I called the CBC, and hunted
her down because I was so inspired. The rest is history in the making,
She is an absolute woman to deal with in every form of way. Ý Ý
Did actually work together in the studio with all your collaborators,
or was some of it long distance?
Actually, Isabelle came to Vancouver. She recorded both tracks
her exclusively in the studio. Christy's were also done in Vancouver,
and the rest were done overseas.
Where there any funny or odd stories that happened while you
were recording any tracks in particular?
I'd like to say yes, but in actuality, it was a very quiet undertaking.
Ý Ý Ý Ý Ý
How would you describe the overall feel or direction you took
with this album vs. your last?
We definitely stepped back in time with this album, into a more
dark, worldly, ambient, cinematic sound vs. the more pop orientated
side of Delerium. Ý Ý Ý Ý Ý
Technically was there anything different that you did?
The biggest difference from this album to the last, is that we
mixed this on a SSL board, to give more of an analog feel. The last
album was done on Protools, which sounded more digital. Ý Ý Ý Ý
Briefly describe your typical process of songwriting from
idea to completion.
There is no "one process" that we adhere to. We just start every
song with a different concept in mind, whether its a sample, a cool
chord progression, or a groovy base line. Ý Ý Ý Ý
What kind of hardware and software do you use?
We use Logic and Protools. Mostly analog keyboards and some virtual
ones as well. Ý Ý Ý Ý
If you could score any movie in the world, which one would
Were there any particular influences you felt while recording
No, not really. But I must say that I do like to listen to Massive
Attack, Future Sound of London, and Boards of Canada. Ý Ý Ý Ý Ý
Your albums often have dancefloor hits (or become them in
the remixes) which songs off this album would you likely hear in
"Lost and Found" and "Angelicous." Ý Ý Ý Ý
Do you go out to clubs at all? If yes which ones and when/why?
In Vancouver I go to Richards and Richards, because they do live
bands and guest DJ's..... AND my friend owns it, so there's free
cover and free drinks. Ý Ý
What do you do in your down time to relax?
I love watching movies, and love going to art openings. Ý Ý Ý
Do you have other jobs or projects right now aside from Delerium?
Yes, we have a new project called Fauxliage, which features Leigh
Nash. We are all pretty excited about this, and will be released
on Nettwerk as well. Ý Ý Ý
Will Delerium be touring or performing live anytime soon?
Defiantly in the new year, we want to put Delerium out there.Ý
Anything else you'd like your fans on Raves.com & Djfix.com
Yah, we might be putting out an alternate version of this album
next year, which will be more dubbie and experimental. Ý
Cool! Thank you!
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