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We entitled this album Lost in the Great Sea because the title track reflects our new sound in this album, our fascination for the ancient past and Pre-Raphaelitism, and our reverence for the role of women and imaginary travels in art history.
This is not the first time we have put poetry by Christina Georgina Rossetti and Dante Gabriel Rossetti to music. Not only do we love their works of art, but as we were both born in Vasto, Italy, the birthplace of Gabriele Rossetti (father of Christina and Dante Gabriel), we also feel that we are a part of a movement to keep our heritage alive through our art form. Our source of inspiration comes from the lighting, colours and themes of Pre-Raphaelite art with a personal and modern twist, a concept that has been reflected in the work of Riccardo Bruni, photographer and cover artist for this album, and Malgorzata Maj, photographer and cover artist for our previous album.
Through our songs, we want listeners to hear stories about real travelers and dreamers, ancient times, lovers, difficulties and mental images which induce sublime romanticism. It is dedicated to the women of ancient times who often were allowed to travel only by imagination and be artists only in their cozy kitchens, but who have been an incredible source of inspiration for male artists of all time – as it was, in a certain way, for Elisabeth Siddal. She was Rossetti’s muse and became his biggest source of grief and regret. Her life was like a real novel. So, like many women in history, she inspired some of the most beautiful paintings ever painted – such as Ophelia by Millet and Beata Beatrix by D.G. Rossetti – and although she was an artist herself, she is mostly known by the portraits her artist friends painted of, and through the sad story of her death.
This album contains a new version of the song Proserpina, previously published in 1998 in one of Alessandra’s first recording projects done at a young age called Gothica. The Italian lyrics to Proserpina, about a dark Greek myth, were written by Dante Gabriel Rossetti – they are from the poem that appears on the top right of the painting by the same name.
The lyrics for Song and A wish are from poems by Christina Georgina Rossetti, the sister of Dante Gabriel, who often posed as a model for his works and who was considered part of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood even if not openly. Like Christina’s poetry, our music and lyrics alternate between light and dark and contain Celtic, naturalistic and folkloric fantasy themes, so we feel especially akin to her.
Nature, Celticism, music and myths are the “leitmotif” of Hexperos and of Pre-Raphaelite art. This time we have increased the Celtic sounds with the addition of the uilleann pipes and bardic harp, and with Celtic songs like Giant’s Causeway, Spring Thaw, and Áine’s ballad. Áine, an Irish goddess of summer, wealth and sovereignty, is associated with midsummer and the sun. In keeping with the inspiration that nature bestows upon us, we represent all four seasons in this album, as each plays such an important role in life and in art. We rejoice in spring and the triumph of nature, especially with the Celtic song Spring Thaw, and we have included two songs dedicated to Autumn.
Autumnus is the first song that we have made into an official video clip. This is our way of worshipping our magical land of Abruzzi, which acquires a magical aspect in autumn, particularly in the mountains, characterized by beautiful autumnal colours. These are our roots, our past and our present. We belong to this scenery, to this ancestral bond which flows in our veins and calls us from deep inside.
To Autumn by William Blake tells of a different aspect of autumn, as a golden link between the radiant summer and the bitter winter. It is taken from his first book of poems, the famous Poetical Sketches (1783).
Blake was particularly admired and appreciated by D.G. Rossetti, who wrote many pages about this poet. Blake acquired admirers among the Pre-Raphaelites, who regarded him as a precursor.
This album is also the fruit of a particular period of our lives in which we have experienced, for the first time, the gift of being parents, with all the consequences and deep thoughts that this originates.
Giant’s Causeway is dedicated to our daughter Elettra, to Finn MacCool and all the giants beloved by children.
The Giant’s Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. It is located on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland. Legend, however, has it that the columns are the remains of a causeway built by a giant.
All music and lyrics are composed by Hexperos except where otherwise mentioned.
Hexperos are Francesco Forgione and Alessandra Santovito
Recorded, mixed and mastered at Hexperos studio by Francesco Forgione.