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spectraparis modernismCharismatic, enigmatic, and absolutely outstanding, singer Elena Alice Fossi, who is best known for her work with Italian electro-trailblazers KIRLIAN CAMERA, presents ‘Modernism’, the fifth album of her eclectic project SPECTRA*PARIS. ‘Modernism’ is transfiguring electronic music through the prism of Elena’s voice and several collaborations with other musicians into a beautiful kaleidoscope of stylistic colours ranging from EBM, future pop, dark electronic, art pop, and various influences more.

SPECTRA*PARIS comment: “Memories of a life that does not belong to you...”, singer, composer, and lyricist Elena Alice Fossi muses. “If you don’t feel at least a bit like a fish out of water in this grotesque theater that is humanity, then this song is not for you! We were born in deception and there we stay until we realise that real life is running elsewhere. ‘They’ shape us in order that we make our own lives and that of others worse. ‘They’ mold us to obey slaves and to become slaves ourselves. ‘They’ shape us so as to love our family even when it has nothing to do with us.”

Among the artists that gladly followed Elena’s call are KIRLIAN CAMERA mastermind ANGELO BERGAMINI, PROJECT PITCHFORK, SEASURFER, legendary producer JOHN FRYER, who worked with DEPECHE MODE and NINE INCH NAILS alongside many others, JOHN ROX & OXYDION, African singer-songwriter FAKEBA, and guitarist and producer MICHAEL CIRAVOLO (BEAUTY IN CHAOS, HUMAN DRAMA).

‘Modernism’ in a way is a musical child that was born out of the isolation that was imposed on Northern Italy during the pandemic. To cage a tigress like Elena and to separate her from the beloved stages and music performances probably had to result into something consequential and massive. With ‘Modernism’ the singer and composer turned something horrible into something wonderful in a process that was liberating and empowering at the same time. Elena trapped into the SPECTRA*PARIS songs all the notes that absorb her fears, her astonishment, and her sense of confusion into what she calls “a weird concoction of melancholy and rhythm”.

The episodic character of ‘Modernism’ that may also be viewed as musical glimpses into a personal diary penned by Elena during her isolation is complemented and underlined by the beautiful artwork that accompanies the album. The photographer’s lens becomes a keyhole through which the observer might peek into most intimate moments of the artist’s life.

SPECTRA*PARIS was conceived as an electronic rock oriented project in the wake Elena’s previous project SIDERARTICA. In 2007 she self-released the ultra-rare promo 3” CD-R limited to 25 copies ‘Spectra Murder Show’ and immediately got picked-up by a label, which led to the acclaimed first album ‘Dead Models Society (Young Ladies Homicide Club)’ hitting the streets in the same year. The debut reached the charts in many countries and went up to gold. Elena followed-up with two successful albums in 2010, ‘License to Kill’ and ‘Christmas Ghouls’. Tracks from these recordings as well as the latest album ‘Retromachine Betty’ (2017) have been used in TV and catwalk soundtracks.

With ‘Modernism’, SPECTRA*PARIS chronicle Elena Alice Fossi’s musical prison-break into the freedom that only true art can grant. Aided by her accomplice and long-time friend Angelo Bergamini, who co-produced and supervised every sound in this chapter, the composer and singer has delivered a fascinating personal statement via a wide range of electronic music.

The seductive and deceptively gentle electro track ‘Indigo Cypher’ is now available:

‘Modernism’ Tracklist
01. Flying Onlookers
02. Devious
03. Moondrops
04. Infection Party
05. Naughty Girl (J5mm 2022 Mix) feat. John Fryer
06. Graphic Music 1.0 (instr.)
07. Poison Fresh
08. MOroDERN feat. Fakeba
09. Indigo Cypher
10. Vacanze Romane
11. Just a Cigarette
12. Angry Bite
13. Ogre’s Horizon
14. Poison Fresh (Doctor Phibes Mix)
Release date: August 26, 2022

Elena Alice Fossi – vocals, instruments, electronics, treatments

Guest musicians
Angelo Bergamini (KIRLIAN CAMERA) – additional instruments
John Fryer (THIS MORTAL COIL) – additional instruments
Fakeba – duet vocals on 'MOroDERN'
Alison Bergamini (Fleurida Videogame Music)
Michael Ciravolo (BEAUTY IN CHAOS)
John Rox & OXYDION

Style: Dark Electro
Engineered, arranged, and produced by Elena Alice Fossi at Uranium Studio, Italy
Co-produced by Angelo Bergamini
Mixed by Willi Dammeier, Angelo Bergamini, Elena Alice Fossi, John Fryer
Mastered by Willi Dammeier at Institut für  Wohlklangforschung, Hannover, Germany
Recording John Fryer at John Fryer Studio, Los Angeles, USA
Recording Fakeba at House Music Studio, Dakar, Senegal
Artwork: Elena Alice Fossi (Black Sky Europe) and Łukasz Jaszek
Pre-sale link:
Available formats: ‘Modernism’ is available as a 2CD and 36-page Artbook and on Digipak CD.

Source: Press Release

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