The day has come – the storytellers of CELLAR DARLING released their sophomore studio album ‘The Spell’ and carry you away into the tale of an unnamed girl who is birthed into a world that is full of pain, damaged and debilitated by the human beings that inhabit it. We follow her as she searches for meaning in life when suddenly she meets and falls in love with death. This haunting concept album sees the band taking a turn towards heavy progressive rock while still not neglecting their folk roots.
The band states: “Today we release ‘The Spell’ – a concept album based on the old motif of “Death and the Maiden”, but with our own unique story of a girl who falls in love with the personification of Death. For the first time we wrote music according to a lyrical concept, we let the words of the story guide our melodies and rhythms and fully immersed ourselves in this fictional world. Now we invite you to do the same – dream, interpret, make it your own.
‘The Spell’ was written over a long period of time in various parts of the world. From the peaceful mountains in Switzerland to the busiest parts of New York city. We recorded the album in two parts, one in the Soundfarm Studios in Lucerne and the other at New Sound Studio with Tommy Vetterli who co-produced the album with Anna Murphy and mixed it.
We want to thank Kate at AISAmusic UK and everyone at Nuclear Blast for making this album possible. Tommy Vetterli (mix) and Tony Lindgren (mastering) for making the music shine. Tommy, Fredy & Dennis for co-writing with us. Costin for bringing the story to life with his amazing visuals. Fredy, Shir-Ran, Mitch, Andi & Patrik for their guest appearances. And all of you for listening. We hope you enjoy it.”
You can get the new CELLAR DARLING album as 2 CD-digibook (featuring 13 songs + an audiobook of Anna Murphy telling the story behind the concept), black vinyl or digitally via this link: http://nblast.de/CDTheSpell
The band also asked Costin Chioreanu to create the dark and mesmerising artwork representing each of the 13 songs on ‘The Spell’. Now each chapter has been brought to life with an exclusive, signed and dedicated art print that the band are offering in their own online store.
In addition, the Swiss trio has performed an exclusive live set and Q&A session at the Youtube Space in London on Wednesday and you can watch the full stream here:
The band is currently touring the UK, so make sure to witness the new songs live for the very first time on these dates:
23.03. UK Cardiff – The Globe 24.03. UK Birmingham – Hare & Hounds 26.03. UK Norwich – The Waterfront 27.03. UK Hull – The Welly 2 28.03. UK Glasgow – Audio 29.03. IRL Dublin – On The Rox 30.03. UK Manchester – Academy 3 31.03. UK London – The Jazz Café Camden
02.04. NL Utrecht – De Helling 07.04. I Pavia (PV) – Dagda Live Club 09.04. I Rome – Traffic Live Club 27.04. F Bruguières – Echoes & Merveilles Festival 02.05. CH Winterthur – Salzhaus 04.05. CH Solothurn – Kulturfabrik Kofmehl
w/ KATATONIA and WHEEL 20.05. LUX Luxembourg – Rockhal 21.05. D Cologne – Live Music Hall 22.05. D Berlin – Columbia Theater 23.05. D Hamburg – Gruenspan 24.05. B Vosselaar – Biebob 25.05. UK London – Islington Assembly Hall
13. – 15.06. CH Interlaken – Greenfield Festival
CELLAR DARLING are: Anna Murphy – vocals, hurdy-gurdy, multi-instrumentalist Merlin Sutter – drums Ivo Henzi – guitars, bass