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The Light Beyond The Shades

by Spleen Arcana

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Alrihkh Erin Shores has a similar feel to that of Autumn, by the Strawbs; a song I am quite fond of. The whole album is well structured and lovingly wrought. I like the classic prog elements. 7.5/10. Favorite track: Erin Shores.
Juan Diego Martín Encinas
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Juan Diego Martín Encinas The confirmation of the work did it by Jullien Gaullier. The perfect second album. Favorite track: Erin Shores.
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kadees Um "The Light Beyond the Shades" zu beschreiben braucht es nur ein Wort: ungewöhnlich. Stellenweise klingen Spleen Arcana wie Pink Floyd, dann wieder wie die Doors und dann kommen King-Crimson-Klänge dazu - besonders in dem hervorragenden Stück “Erin Shores”.
(July 24, 2014) Favorite track: Erin Shores.
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Erin Shores 12:00
Erin Shores Scattered clouds darken the moor Northern winds blow on the shore Spirits of the past cast their shadows on the sea Reminding me what this land means to me Shadows drifting in the sky Beyond the emerald horizon A gentle mist embraced the hills As we walked through the fields Heading to the peaceful lakes of Killarney While the sun plays hide and seek over the Black Valley Shadows drifting in the sky Beyond the emerald horizon Shadows drifting in the sky Beyond the misty mountains I long to walk again these lonely roads Surrounded by infinite shades of green I know photographs will always fade away But I'll never forget all the colors I have seen The moon's getting brighter As the tide is coming closer We are far away from anything we used to know Shifting waters all around Mirror of countless stars Soothed by the liquid sound of this constant flow Echoes of distant faeries Whispering from the glen We are far away from anything we used to know A night to remember From Erin's northern shores I wouldn't trade these memories for anything in the world
Fading Away 10:16
Fading Away I can’t pretend that I feel ok with you Each time I think I still don’t exist for you A face without a name wanders in my head I can’t be myself, I am so afraid Silence, distance, remnants of you and I You are so close to me but a million miles away You can’t hear my call there is nothing left to say I can’t realise that’s happening to me I’m wasting my time in hypocrisy Silence, distance, remnants of you and I Wonders fill my life And it’s tearing me apart There’s no way to hide The wounds of my heart Where are you now ? A voice echoes in my mind “It’s time to leave There’s nothing to find She has nothing more to give” Where are you now ? The rain keeps falling down on me But I’m still the same, a drop in the sea Letters of your name can wander in my head I'm still the same and it will never fade away
Memento Mori 24:07
Memento Mori I'm staring at the window The rain is pouring down Playing with the jigsaw of my memories In the silent afterglow Time always heal Illusions we feel The emptiness in our eyes The fear to live our lives Dreams have turned to ashes And hopes have changed to dust Wasted moments weill never return Only memories will always remain Time always heal Illusions we feel The emptiness in our eyes The fear to break the lies But silence reveals The way we all feel The emptiness of our smiles The fear to realize The ghost of the past lies in your mind A shrouded witness of all that you left behind Do you remember all the buried memories? Hidden remnants of all your silent fears Time passes by Waiting for a change that never happens Time passes by Reaching out the point of no return You were told that there’s beauty in each day But a ten-years-old ear is so easy to betray You were fooled by your disbelief Carried by the winds like a leaf Time passes by Waiting for a change that never happens Time passes by Reaching out the point of no return Remember when you were young and life seemed so easy The gentle breeze from the shore swept your doubts and fears Now you wander around like a prisoner of time Trying to escape your past but fearing your days to come Time passes by Waiting for a change that never happens Time passes by Reaching out the point of no return


"The key word to describe The Light Beyond the Shades would be eclectic. At times it is Floydian, at others The Doors come to mind…King Crimson feel like they're in the mix and the aforementioned Anathema especially on "Erin Shores"." - SEA OF TRANQUILITY

"The Light Beyond the Shades is polished and delivered with vim and verve, faithful to Julien Gaullier’s heroes and influences of the past and, as far as I’m concerned, that makes it a winner for me. - See more at: www.ladyobscure.com/albums/spleen-arcana-the-light-beyond-the-shades/#sthash.yT0CmRfn.dpuf" - LADY BOSCURE

"Just about everything about The Light Beyond the Shades is either a refinement or a marked improvement over Spleen Arcana’s previous record. The three compositions are loaded with all kinds of vintage sounds from Hammond Organ, Minimoog, Solina, Fender Rhodes and the already mentioned Mellotron. The five year gap has certainly been put to good use. Fans of symphonic prog will find a lot here to enjoy and appreciate. Highly recommended." - JERRY LUCKY

"Spleen Arcana’s The Light Beyond the Shades is a rich and rewarding album. It is the type of work that is made by a true artist. The love and passion put into the music is clear and it is what makes The Light Beyond the Shades sure a joy to listen to." - PROG MUSIC TALK

"The instrumental section on this second track is simply superb, at the same time Julien was able to write something that is worthy of the great 70’s Prog bands but with a freshness rarely present in the new bands." - PROGSHINE

"The Light Beyond the Shades, is almost like a trip back in time and its very elevating, exploring, spiritual and atmospheric. And while this is my introduction to Spleen Arcana’s music, I have to say I’m completely blown away from what I’m hearing from start to finish." - MUSIC FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROOM

"L’œuvre transpire une beauté diabolique, une lumineuse clarté. Comme Restrospective ou Riverside cette musique tourmentée arpente des détours multiples, elle fait vibrer le cœur et l’âme en passant par des instants contemplatifs ou des cavalcades lyriques." - MUSIC WAVES

"Un peu d’orientalisme progressif, une rythmique classique, un break floydien délicieux, de l’orgue jazzy, une folie à la lead avec un son venu de nulle part, même une petite touche de métal pour pimenter la sauce. Le Morceau s’amuse avec vos oreilles un peu à la manière de Transatlantic. Memento Mori est un concentré de bonheur !" - NEOPROG


released February 3, 2014

Julien : Vocals & instruments
David : Drums
Marie : Vocals

All songs written, produced, recorded and mixed by Julien

Artwork by Marie




Spleen Arcana Rennes, France

Spleen Arcana is a French studio project inspired by 70's progressive rock. Expect long unpredictable songs drowned in vintage sounds...

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