MP3 Ver Sacrum - The Ballrooms of Mars
Orchestral songs from a gothic, otherworldly cabaret- includes the velveteen and impassioned "The Ballrooms of Mars" plus four acoustic bonus tracks recorded live with orchestra.
5 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Goth, ROCK: Psychedelic
Violins. Cellos. Oboe. Lush, affected guitars.
If you live in the 19th century and are regularly drinking absinthe, you are probably hearing music in your head already. For the rest of us, The Ballrooms of Mars is the perfect soundtrack for the visions that Baudelaire and Verlaine would have experienced.
Keats. Shelley. Jagger. Bowie.
Rock music is the poetry of the 21st century. Ver Sacrum takes the modern song structure, infuses it with elements of organic sound, and twists it into a landscape of ethereal shimmers and passionate whispers; the result is music that sounds classical and ambient, but slides into our psyche with baited hooks and melodies.
"Backed by a band that includes an oboe, two violins, a viola, and two cellos, Thomas Negovan tips his hat to both glam icon Marc Bolan and visionary novelist Edgar Rice Burroughs with the title track from Ver Sacrum''s debut single, The Ballrooms of Mars. Like hearing a voice whispering in the back of your head, Negovan''s masculine and darkly sweet voice embraces poetic, mystical romanticism in the tradition of artists such as Nick Drake, Richard Ashcroft, David Sylvian, Tori Amos, and 4AD''s This Mortal Coil."
-Thomas Dunning (Dublin, Ireland)
Each song on this CD subscribes to the classical or operatic ideal of creating an entire universe and story unto itself, with a beginning, middle, and end, and using not just "loud" and "soft" passages, but an infinite number of dynamic moments in between. Attention to the organic aspects of sound was further served by recording The Ballrooms of Mars single onto a circa 1970 Studer 16 track tape machine and making extensive use of vintage and tube equipment.
"...Negovan''s voice recalls the cadences of Nick Cave..."
"...an escape from dramatic technological alienation... this music is to contemporary music like vapor is to machinery."
- DJ Nooz, Musicclub, issue No. 131, July 2003 (Italy)
Members of Ver Sacrum have performed in both orchestra halls and ampitheatres, collaborating with musicians as diverse as Daniel Barenboim and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Smashing Pumpkins.
Also included on the CD are four songs recorded live at Schubas in Chicago when Ver Sacrum appropriately supported Marty Willson-Piper of seminal Australian rock band The Church.
Ver Sacrum is:
Thomas Negovan, voice and 12 string guitar
Enrique Vilaseco, violin, conductor
Alicia Cordoba Tait, oboe
Inger Carle, violin
John Sagos, viola
Ellen Fisher, cello
Eric Remschnieder, cello
Mark Doroba, guitar
Tom Valenzano, additional guitar on "The Ballrooms of Mars"
Diana Parmeter, cello on "The Ballrooms of Mars"
Chuck Harling, "drums on "The Ballrooms of Mars"
Edgar Gabriel, second violin on "Juliet in Dysphagia" "Diana" and "The Devil You Know"