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Spiked Soul

by Yunyu

Morbid Pop
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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1. Lenore's Song
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2. A Prayer
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3. Vandal
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4. Spill the Beans
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5. A Silent Me
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6. Too Subliminal
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7. Dance So Slowly
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8. Wanna Get Out
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9. You are Expendable
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10. A Prayer (Baker Mix)
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11. Too Subliminal (Sub Mix)
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12. Fireflies
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13. Disconnected
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14. hidden track
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Yunyu is music anime for genuine pop futurists. Edgy, taut and clever.'

--Nui TeKoha, Herald Sun

Yunyu is a psycho musician whose songs range from love to violent murders.Her hobbies include visiting psychosis self help forums and studying murder case files. She also writes with the help of Ouija board and is an obsessive compulsive people watcher.

Her musical career started when her mom named her Yunyu (meaning beautiful rhythms) and auditioned her into a classical music nazi concentration camp when she was 3. Don't ask mom why. For this, Yunyu will always be torn between extreme thanks and torture.

Like all misfits, she found the classical environment a little lacking in humour and vice versa, the music nazis found her to be lacking in discipline and talent. After countless, merciless tortures she finally tunneled to freedom with nothing but a very blunt, leadless, pencil at age 9.The trauma of the near death experience caused Yunyu to connect with Zombies and the Spirit world on a deep, personal level.

Yunyu's weapon of choice is keyboards and pianoforte. Occasionally, when she clamours attention and variety, she plays the Gu Zheng -- An age old oriental instrument.

Yunyu does not speak in tongues, but she can write in 2 languages (Mandarin and English) and speak in 5 - ( add a smattering of Japanese, Cantonese and Hokkien.)

Yunyu won Australia's Triple J Unearthed. She is one of 3 winners out of 1500 entries.

When Yunyu won the Unearthed radio competition she thought a gig referred to GIGABYTES. Upon learning the truth of gigs, Yunyu spent the first year puking back stage and performing.

Yunyu pukes less now.

Her song, "You are expendable" topped the Canadian college Charts for a month peaking at No.6.

Lenore's Song is Yunyu's most requested song at gigs. It is a reply letter to Edgar Allen Poe's – 'The Raven'. Writing dead people love letters is Yunyu's idea of romance.

Yunyu's album Spiked Soul was recorded at Soundbaker Studios in Perth with producer Rob Agostini. Drum sounds have been created from the sounds of Sai and Nanchaku samples from Yunyu's proud stash of Japanese weapons – Since her escape from the classical realms, Yunyu has lived in mortal fear that her classical past might come a-hunting.

As a result, she's always armed, overly paranoid and hears voices which she calls the muses.

Together with award winning producer, Matt Carter,and borrowing crew talents from Lord of the Rings and Superman returns, a film clip of Lenore's Song was made. It was an ambitious stop motion film that consisted of 17000 digital stills. During production, Lenore's Song mysteriously killed 6 machines and spooked 1 editor. The film creators think the song is cursed, and is potentially more powerful than Sadako's home made video in "The Ring." Yunyu is weirdly honoured by that opinion.

Yunyu likes her anime. Obsessive complusive re-visitations to Neon Genesis - Evangelion, Rurouni Kenshin and a steady diet of Hayao Miyazaki films (see Fireflies) mean that songs come off as sounding a little cute and J Pop influenced. She, however, worships literature from the dark side. So the music industry says she makes cute, morbid pop.

"Whatever," So says the muses. "Play our music, or face our wrath from beyond…."


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Nathan

Wonderful debut!
What a wonderful listen this is. All of the original work is, well..original. Well-crafted and creepy, with songs that stick in your head.
The remixes are equally good, though they do feel a little like overkill, since they share album space with the original versions.

There's only one way to solve this: a whole CD of remixes!

clive-kun

omg!
omg! this cd is amazing!! i absolutely adore it!

Jordan Millward

Amazing
Spiked Soul is a great album, which deserves a proper label so people all over the world can listen to Yunyu.

Markus

Why isn't she famous yet?
The CD gives a good peek at her musical variety. It ranges from dark synthie/keyboard ballads to energy laden guitar rock songs that will inject you with emotion and adrenalin. Really a refreshing taste of her amazing talent. There is so much emotion in the songs and even subtle sinister messages that one will want to discover while listening over and over again. I don't like the experimental remixes though. Her style is so unique it shouldn't be tampered with.

Thomas W. Gunning

A great album. Aesthetically and emotionally pleasing.
Yunyu’s voice is such a wonderful change from the pro-tools clones that have infested the music industry that it really does just leap out at you.
A great deal of thought has clearly gone into how best to present each song for maximum effect. Techno-drums, a cello, a guitar, whatever it takes is used and the album is the richer for it.

Lauren

Highly enjoyable!
I'm so glad I've been introduced to Yunyu!! This album is a great piece of work which is certainly different. Highlights include Spill The Beans, Lenore's Song and A Prayer.

wraithwitch

Cheerfully macabre - one to watch...
Yunyu has unleashed morbid j-pop onto the world! Did the world require it? Who knows? - but it certainly brightened up my day.

Musically Yunyu is corgeous without being to tiresomely 'experimental'. Her style is engaging and bouncy without being vapid, and lyrically interesting without being an unwanted litany of teen-angst.

The CD itself came complete with video tracks, demo hand-out, and free art and transfers all wrapped up in a custom made bento bag.

All in all, a delightful and gleefully dark well presented little collection.

lizzie893

^^
I love this CD. Yunyu is amazing.

Renee G

Yunyu is an empathetic artist
I am amazed by this CD. The lyrics are beautiful and emotional without any kind of cheesiness. Her song "Lenore's Song" is so compassionate and makes the listener feel sympathetic to the song persona's plight. If you have not seen the video to this song GO SEE IT! That video is an absolute master piece!

Meredith AKA TaintedEmpress

WOW
Just wow is all I can say. Yunyu's mix of dark words and quirky beats weaves a spell around the listener and you're pulled right in to the swirl. I love this CD and hope that Yunyu releases another one in the future. Soon... :)