Magazine | Dark Entries

Author | Dimi Brands

But let’s start at the beginning, and introduce you to Les Jumeaux Discordans.

When you take your first steps in the (neoclassical) dark folk genre (because in addition to the overall gothic concept, Les Jumeaux certainly also falls under this name) you will most likely not automatically encounter this duo.

Our acquaintance with these Italians also happened by chance and was due to the latest album by Allerseelen (Chairete Daimones) for which AimA (the singer of Les Jumeaux Discordants) was allowed to sing two songs (“Anthrazit” and “Gläserne Kugel”). We heard a very agile voice that was able to raise an already very strong album to lonely heights. We believe that Chairete Daimones is one of the best works that Allerseelen has already done, and that means something. We then wrote about the passage of AimA: “In addition to Hallstatt’s recognizable vocals, we are enormously impressed by the guest vocalists who manage the songs effortlessly. For example, Aima turns ‘Anthrazit’ into a wonderfully floating song where Aima seems to be a cross between Diamanda Galás and Anja Huwe (X-Mal Deutschland), which also applies to the new version of ‘Gläserne Kugel’ (the original can be found on Neuschwabenland from 2000) on which she manages to leave her mark, a stamp that displays a significant number of similarities with Nico. “

We were already talking about nostalgia, a feeling that certainly also applies to “Myrtho” that reminds us a lot of Ataraxia.
Her threatening voice that maliciously declares the text during “Artémis” and in which Evor Ameisie (Camerata Mediolanense) joins the background choir as a guest. Musically you can imagine the atmosphere of all the songs from previously cited examples such as Camerata Mediolanense, Ataraxia, The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud and Diamanda Galás.

The most part of the 13 songs still live neatly on the nostalgic Gothic atmosphere (with a clear preference for neoclassical beauty and bombast that do very well in neo-folk / martial centers), but sporadically, such as during the instrumental (electronic) ‘La Traversée De L’Acheron or “Alla Musa, all'”Iniziato”, a stunning piano ballad with soothing and threatening sea sounds, shows a different face.

The booklet and the digipack are brightened up by ink drawings by Diego Cinquegrana and show beautiful miniatures that, in all their simplicity, still evoke the right atmosphere with the songs.