The second installment of the Lisieux trilogy, Lisieux II: Éveil – The Hidden Years, will be released on October 30th, 2020 through Dark Scorpion Records. You can pre-order the album at the Ill-Advised Official Online Store.
Lisieux II is inspired by St. Therese Martin’s adolescence. Still haunted by her mother’s death, Therese had turned inward, later saying it marked the end of one part of her life – the end of the beginning. Given the state of the world at this moment in time, Therese’s story and my own have melded into an eclectic collection of songs that build upon the themes of Lisieux I.
Please look to my social media for future updates (and perhaps some teasers from the studio) as I put the final touches on this record.
I’m thrilled to finally share my new album LISIEUX I: RENAISSANCE – END OF THE BEGINNING with all of you. You can listen to it here ➡️ http://fanlink.to/LisieuxI
The idea to release Lisieux in three separate eight-song parts seemed like the logical antidote to the chaotic atmosphere of the music industry and the Internet. I had always envisioned my third record to be a double album. It is part of a long tradition in rock of exploring musical and conceptual ideas in greater depth.
The reality of the amount of time it would take to complete a twenty-four track double album was untenable for obvious reasons in 2019. But as they say, necessity is the mother of invention. In the end, the trilogy format offered a new dimension to this thematic work, which I look forward to continuing to explore for Lisieux II & III.
I prefer to let music speak for itself, but given that I don’t have an army of publicists, I would like to explain some of the backstory to Lisieux I now that you know the methodology of its release.
I’ve known that my family has been related to St. Thérèse of Lisieux since I was a kid and began to develop an interest in Thérèse and her life the past few years. She died very young at twenty-four years old after a long battle with tuberculosis and became known for her posthumous autobiography, The Story of a Soul, which focuses on her memories as a child and her life in the convent through to her final years.
The idea of Lisieux as both a setting and a symbol made it particularly alluring after the constrictive cataclysm of MASOCHISTS. I decided to focus on ideas of rebirth, life, death, reincarnation – spirituality abstract through an emotional lens. The album is sequenced using songs as vignettes to convey a series of memories from a past life (or lives), that come bleeding through a dream-like state.
There’s much left unsaid and much to be discovered. Looking forward to continuing this story with you all.
I’m particularly excited about this song (and album) as it’s the first installment of the most ambitious piece of work I’ve ever undertaken with Ill-Advised – and it’s the first album I’ve mixed and mastered myself!
Lisieux is a double album told in three parts inspired by my relative, St. Therese of Lisieux, and her posthumous autobiography “The Story of a Soul.” I’ve spoken somewhat about the details of this concept album on New Music Saturday – more will be revealed leading up to the release date.
“Wound” is the anti-dance, dance song – something you’d hear playing in a goth club at the end of the world. The cover art is taken from a sketch I manipulated through a variety of processes to complement the song’s lyrical themes of decay and warped perception.