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Chambly, Quebec, Canada | SELF

Chambly, Quebec, Canada | SELF
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"Music Review: Anyma “Volume 1”"

I like it when I find music that challenges my vocabulary, but it makes it damn difficult to write a review. Anyma is emotional/electronic, mellow/pulsating … it crosses too many musical barriers to be defined simply.

Their output is both mind-expanding and introspective at the same time. Beautiful becomes a very weak word applied to the sounds created by this duo.
Every tune on this seven song CD is profoundly composed and executed. Listening is like experiencing a sculpture of sound being formed in your brain. I would call this an instrumental CD if not for the incomprehensibly haunting vocals in “Down to Ashes.” Human voices mingled with the rest of the songs play the role of musical instruments communicating sound instead of language.
The first song,”Antea Bellum,” sets the stage for the rest of the CD as its sound deftly moves from soothing to expectant … like a soundtrack of a drama that you only slowly realize has you brought you to the edge of your seat.
Anyma weaves introspective melodies that in some way seem to fill the other 90 percent of the brain we supposedly don’t use. Experience the CD with headphones for the deepest effect, but turning it up loud and letting it fill your room and your head is also a surefire journey to another world. CDs like this remind me why music is magical.
To find the CD - and some bonus tracks - go to www.anymaworld.com. Listen to a few samples and if they move you, do buy the CD. Independent music like this will survive only with our support. - Beverly Durfee (The Daily Sentinel Newspaper) Colorado, USA


"Volume One of the Anyma Chronicles"

With a quiet chilled out approach French Canadian group Anyma envelope and surround rooms with rich, opaque, and uncanny textures. Best described as downtempo or ambient, Anyma sound like the best Bill Nelson, In the Nursery or Enigma records never recorded.

Using chants, miniscule beats, airy synths, and who knows what else Anyma are all about creating atmosphere. Whether it is chilling and spooky or relaxed and subdued Volume One covers just about everything in between.

The album builds from a subdued and nondescript environment to a mystical spiritual climax that could be the soundtrack to a supernatural thriller. Anyma are expert craftsmen with an eye towards the heavens and their music is a reflection of that.

Volume One is a moody spacey masterpiece that has been influenced by the Middle East as much as the Cosmos. Whether it's the dramatic chanting of, "Down to Ashes", or the chilled melodrama of, "Antea Bellum", Volume One is a lush metaphysical sensory experience that will enshroud all who listen. It's definitely a record to align chakras, burn incense, and just relax to and after a hard day in the newsroom that sounds ideal. - Paul Zimmerman (First Coast News) Florida, USA


Discography

3 ALBUMS :

Anyma - Universalis
Anyma - Volume 2
Anyma - Volume 1

23 SINGLES:

Anyma
Amma
Timewave zero
Abeo
Atmosphere
Prophecy
Monolyth
Synthetic love
Primitve beat
Faces in the mirror
Sex
Noio Hel
Deiael
Ether
Rose
Zeta
France
Equinoxe
Eternity
Kryeon
Timewave zero
Quatro
Floralis REMIX

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If the term ''renaissance man'' can be applied to any contemporary person, it might be attached to Ghislain Caya, born in Montreal in 1966. This French Canadian musician and artist has considerable experience with classical music and guitar. But beyond this musical foundation, Ghislain offers much more to patrons and fans of the arts.

A case in point: the remarkable and original color pieces he produced, which can be used as computer-desktop wallpaper. These images would seem to stand on their own as framed works or as posters, depending on the location. Yet they are part of the Anyma world and the breath that passes through all who are in it.

Ghislain doesn't promote his artistic and design talent in a vacuum. The Anyma view of the world is made up of original compositions, color imagery and forays into the seemingly unlimited world of electronic and synthesized music. With a complex yet satisfying mix of computer software, synthesizers, guitars, Latin and African percussion, Ghislain presents an inner spirituality wrapped in a soft cloak of hope.

His current offerings are based in Amalgame, labeled in 1991 as a “French, techno-pop band.” This effort with Chrystian Bourassa and Yannick Belanger thrived for about three years. Collaboration- songwriting efforts produced success in their home province of Quebec, especially among the French-speaking community. Exposure through music contests and television allowed the effort to expand across the Atlantic to several European countries.

Ten years ago, Bourassa and Ghislain continued to work together with the composition of music to accompany an Irish short film for children (as Mysteriah). In 2002, the two formed Anyma, then released Anyma – Volume 1 in 2004.

Since 2007, Anyma has been the solo project of Ghislain Caya.

There are some specific guiding principles to the music and art of Ghislain, most notably experimentation and discovery. He says without hesitation that he is trying to reinvent himself every time he creates.

“This is my trademark.”

He builds on his strength as an arranger and composer, with particular emphasis on getting the correct feel for each composition.

“Each song has is own story, sometimes it's a feeling, a state of mind, sometimes it starts from one sound I like and compose around it.”

Ghislain is quick to point out that Anyma, in its current form, is moving away from the French-Canadian flavor, without abandoning the traditions that are so much a part of him as a person.

With musical influences such as Brian Eno, Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode, Anyma has been compared to Enigma, Delerium, Conjure One and Dead Can Dance, as Ghislain told an interviewer from WikiMusicGuide. But he also makes an effort to separate himself and Anyma from similar contemporary composers and musicians. Anyma means “breath of life” – from Latin. Ghislain feels that if he is true to the breath/spirit of his own life, his art and music has to be different from the work of any other person.

First-time visitors to www.anymaworld.com might wish to start with a look at the video with the inviting, multi-colored iris of the eye. The soft-edge mix of sound, color and motion capture much of what Ghislain is offering today, as does the second video. As one viewer commented, “Anyma is capable of translating the human soul into music.” Rhythm and sound meld effortlessly with the visual, successfully giving back what Ghislain has carefully taken from his world.

It seems that the listening public is not satisfied with their choice of music unless they can classify it, or place it in a section of their mind to be accessed at will. Ghislain surrenders only slightly when describing his work as electronica, ambient, chillout and downtempo. In fact, words and classifications tend to alter our perception of creations such as this. In most cases, they are better left unlabeled.

If there is a result from experiencing the work of Ghislain Caya it might be a non-sexual seduction, the sort of invitation that goes beyond gender and beyond the categories of music, painting and poetry.

Witness, if you will, Anyma - Volume 2, described on Ghislain’s Web site as “a sonic mandala that invites the listener to travel into the deepness of imagination.” The composition entitled “Floralis” has captured the minds of many listeners with its measured rhythm. The first offering on the volume, “Postea Bellum” is darker, with a chilling vocal track wandering through the landscape. “Inner Sanctum” is a cavernous hallway that should not be walked alone.

It is almost impossible for the listener to jump ahead within a composition or leap to another piece on the recording. This is accomplished by careful production, of course. But it is also the result of a consistency in the atmosphere, tying together the separate pieces. Even with “Messages,” a more melodic item than some of the others, or the clapping-style, hip-hop feel of “Emotional Senses” there is a thread