By Tony Sokol
NEW YORK, Sept. 18, 2015 /Daily Offbeat/ — Psyche Corporation, which purports to be from the future, announced that their fifth album “Romance of the Counter-Elite,” will be released this summer and can be gotten at their Kickstarter page.
“Our music is trip-hop electronic dance music mixed with literary magical realism–a world where hybrid mermaids run the mafia and sing about it in lullabies,” Psyche Chimera told Daily Offbeat.
“A little known ‘fact’ behind the etymology of ‘Lullabye’ is that it came from the Sirens- distant cousins of mermaids- who hypnotized sailors with their songs and ‘lulled’ them toward shipwrecked ‘goodbyes.’ Hence… Lull-a-bye… And why the Siren mafia still refer to certain ‘jobs’ as ‘lullabye-s,” she added, upon learning that this writer covers a lot of gangster news.
“First, dear known and unknown people of the Internet, thank you for supporting the Album 5 Kickstarter,” Psyche Chimère announced on Facebook.
“Since you guys responded so quickly that we reached funding goal within 4 days, I was able to send out the manufacturing order to the factory early, and the beautiful new CDs will arrive at my place shortly before October. In addition, I ordered about 66% more units made than I originally planned to order, because of how great the response was. Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart.”
“Romance of the Counter-Elite”, features a cover of “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe. Un-mastered demo versions of the other 4 tracks of the album can be found on my soundcloud. Besides the cover of Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, the remaining songs of the new album cover dark and multi-layered themes, especially focusing on dystopian storylines.
“Monarchy” describes a cycle of oppression perpetrated by successive demagogues who each promise to liberate the poor from misery, if only they will help overthrow the current monarch.
“Nine Lives” describes a country where all citizens are born with nine distinct personalities, and must choose only one to survive into adulthood, destroying the remaining eight on the Battleground of Dreams Forsaken.
“Dance for Me” is an exploration of how the counter-elite are seduced by the elite to join in a corrupt power structure that they may never find the courage to overthrow.
“Lady Perilous” is a song sung by a Siren who delights in luring sailors to their deaths.
Psyche Corporation is a fairytale cyber/steampunk band fronted by a former Ladies of Steampunk model and programmer who combines dance with a powerhouse vocal range. The band is named after a dream manufacture group from a future where neural implants allow people to download dreams from the Internet. Songs deal in dystopian themes as well as more lighthearted filk works, such as “Perl-Operated Boy.” The musical style spans genres of trip-hop, electro-rock, and world music.
Psyche Corp. has upcoming shows at RuffleCon in Stamford, CT on Friday October 2nd, opening for Rasputina. I’m also performing in NYC at DROM on Oct 4th as part of the Anachronism Steampunk events series. In November, Psyche Corp. will headline the Time Traveler’s Ball in Cincinnati, produced by the Pandora Society. More information can be found on upcoming shows here.
The album can be pre-ordered on the Kickstarter here.
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