You - Bliss
You - Bliss CD
An incredible sonic journey into the void and out again from the writers of 'A Hundred Thousand Angels'
You is a beautiful storm of an album enhanced by a 40 piece string section and some of the Uk's best musicians. The songs range from bare plaintive ballads ( Pale Green Angel, Lone space) to dramatic orchestral soundscapes (This Beautiful Girl, YOU) There are also joyous rhythmic numbers that borrow from the beats of Africa and the jigs of Ireland ( Break the Chain and Ukipenda) If you enjoy country music , jazz and pop you will find elements of them all here. In this ambitious new release Bliss have pulled out all the stops to deliver a truly classic album.
Who are Bliss?
Andrew Blissett (Songwriter, keyboards, production, mixing) and Lucinda Drayton (Songwriter, vocalist, production) began their careers in the pop industry. In 1994 they wrote a number one hit with Toni Di Bart. It was called, ‘The Real Thing’ and became a huge club hit throughout Europe. Around this time they also discovered Raja Yoga Meditation, a simple form of meditation based around the belief that we are all souls. Tiny points of living energy whose nature is one of peace, love bliss power and purity.
The practice of this meditation and the embracing of a spiritual way of life brought great changes to the music. Gradually a new sound was born. Lucinda’s pure voice coupled with Andy’s extraordinary use of texture and harmony has created a sound with the purity of Enya and the passion of Joni Mitchel. The albums move through gentle folk arrangements into epic, film like, sounds capes. From solo piano to layers of angelic voices.
Bliss also run workshops linking meditation and spirituality with creativity. They are involved in organising Peace Concerts and do a lot of work in conjunction with The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University on an International level. (see www.bkwsu.com).
Lucinda and Andy met 9 years ago whilst working as session musicians in London, They began writing together and set up a small studio based in Berkshire. In 1994 they wrote the number one hit, The Real Thing with artist, Toni Di Bart. This track was a huge dance hit and charted throughout Europe.
Over the next year they wrote another top 20 hit with Toni and co-produced the album which featured 4 songs co-written by Bliss. They later signed to EMI publishing with their own material. Sung by Lucinda, these original songs fell more into the singer songwriter, guitar based category (Alanis Morrisette/ Sheryl Crow). Lucinda’s debut album was released in 1997 to considerable critical acclaim; titled Suicidal Angel, It was recorded live in a studio in Lucinda’s native Cornwall and received a 4 star review in ‘Q’ magazine. The single I said hey was A listed by radio one but due to lack of distribution only reached the top 100.
The two then toured Germany and Britain doing live radio sessions which stunned audiences and gained them a considerable following. At this time they were signed to Edel records in the UK. After Suicidal Angel, Luce and Andy wrote a whole new album of folky /acoustic material, (some of which is now being pursued by other artists) and embarked on an unplugged tour which was a great success, but after being placed with different producers and going through a period of direction changes they left Edel and decided to re-evaluate!
For about four years both of them had been regular practitioners of Raja yoga meditation. Their spiritual life was becoming more and more important and this new awareness began to permeate their music. It was at about this time that the artist name ‘bliss’ came into play as Lucinda no longer wanted the focus to be on just her. A new sound was born in the album, Through These Eyes . It was written as an album you could use for meditation or relaxation but because of their strong song-writing skills and Lucinda’s pure, incredible voice, it stands up in its own right.
A year later after moving to Oxford and setting up a new recording facility the pair released, A hundred thousand angels a stunning collection of soul stirring songs which brought audiences to tears. Andy and Lucinda added a cellist and guitarist and began performing live at ‘Mind Body Spirit’ and ‘Natural health’ festivals. Word of their powerful live performances spread and the CDs began to sell all over the world. Therapists, healers, Hospices Prisons and schools began using this incredible music and the word spread.
The Music of Bliss
The music is now somewhere between Enya and Lorena Mckennit, with a bit of Joni Mitchell thrown in... then you add a real heart energy and beauty and some very spiritual lyrics that speak from the soul to the soul.
I could describe how our music has changed in terms of production and instrumentation but quite simply, it comes from a different place and has a different aim, it is made to open people’s hearts and to bring beauty and peace and healing... I cant say more than this without becoming seriously cheesy... it speaks for itself”
Review from Amazon, UK
Everything that Bliss seem to produce surpasses the last one - just when you think they couldn't get any better - guess what? They do! Going to have to order a dozen or so copies for Christmas prezzies! You'll not be disappointed - it'll give you goosebumps!
Review from Amazon, UK
This album is more pop-oriented and fully orchestrated than their previous albums, enlisting studio greats as Clem Clempson (Colosseum, Jack Bruce a.o.), but this certainly doesn't mean they are selling out in any way. The level of the compositions and the playing is at the highest throughout the album, and the lyrics both personal and mysterious. This CD certainly stands out as a masterwork. Every time I put it on, the thrill is the same, in fact, as with all good music, it gets better and better with each listening. One of the most fulfilling and valuable pieces of music ever to be released.