This CD represents the harvest of twelve years (1990-2002) of Sylvi Alli's collaborations with partner, filmmaker/playwright Antero Alli. Featuring songs and music from the soundtracks of "Hysteria", "Tragos", "Fairy" and "The Drivetime", as well as from the theater productions of "Hungry Ghosts of Albion" and "Requiem For A Friend".
Sylvi's compositions range from the dramatic to the lyrical and are arranged with elegant understatement to serve the beautifully haunting and ethereal vocals she is known for. Instrumentation includes accordion, ukeline, electric guitar, cello, trombone, drums, electronics, and organ.
"This for me is one of more exciting finds of recent months. Dream of the Blue Moth is a compilation of neo-gothic folk songs originally intended for the screen, The screen, in fact, of filmmaker Antero Alli, Sylvi’s Finnish husband whose films sound as though they could be a dark and highly subversive alternativer to most of the saccharine Hollywood fare that is offered.
The opening tracks, Invocation and Outside Woman, could have been something straight out of the Weird Sisters from Macbeth and the album closes with the almost petulant declarations of doom so typical of Janusz in the earlier Engelsstaub albums. Other gothic influences suggest Dead Can Dance or Love is Colder than Death, but without the latter’s tedious tendency of lapsing into vapid industrialisms.....
Considering that Dream of the Blue Moth is a compilation of songs taken from different films, the album as a whole has considerable unity of mood and atmosphere. Definitely one for those gothic theme nights of candle light and mystery…..well recommended."
Lynda Stevens, 10/06