If you are in need of a ritualistic purge of an album with dramatic vocals, dark mystical strings and synths and a haunted feeling with every note… well I think I have you covered. Dominique Van Cappellen-Waldock released her new album “Fleur de Feu” yesterday, which translates to Fire Ceremony. It is an intoxicating mix of dense and claustrophobic strings and cinematic electronics that fans of 80’s era Dead Can Dance and artists like Anna von Hausswolff and Lingua Ignota would enjoy, albeit without demonic screaming. Indeed, the difference that Dominique achieves is that her music is haunted but also oddly meditative too. The music sways like the walking dead and lulls you in whilst being powerful at the same time.
Whilst these kinds of albums are experimental and very personal to the listener, Dominique says the album also has a universal purpose. She says the album “offers a music performance and a fire ceremony in remembrance of the loved ones we lost in the course of the confinements of 2020 and 2021, whose funerals we were not allowed to attend due to safety measures. Indeed, without these essential gatherings and ceremonies, it can be difficult to begin the mourning process and one can be left with a feeling of emptiness, anger and sadness”.
Enjoy the beautiful single “L’Eternel retour” below. Both the single and the album “Fleur de Feu” are out now and available to buy on Bandcamp.