Day Before Us is a French/Greek duo. Crystal Sighs Of A Broken Universe is their third full-length and it's something for fans of Die Verbannten Kinder Evas, Arcana, Dargaard or Elend. Based on European poetry and Greek mythology, this is an excellent ethereal ambient album and a beautiful nostalgic trip into the completely different landscapes our beloved contintent once used to be. Yet, above all, it's a very personal journey into the imagination of the participants.
The album opens with angelic vocals, after a few minutes accompanied by infading drones and soundscapes. Piano and strings enter the music, turning the whole into a gloomy, almost bizarre neo-classical adventure. There's a tremendous feeling of drama in the songs and an almost theatrical atmosphere. These elements remain present throughout the entire album and serve as gentle guides to the listener. THe overall feel is calm and never gets overwhelming.
Selecting a favourite track is a pretty impossible task because the follow-up of the songs give the whole a concept-character. However, I love a song like 'Toute mon âme, loin de ce monde'. The minimal piano and even more minimal soundscapes are enchanting in this song. Others are a bit more bombastic but this song is beautiful. In fact, it's mainly the piano that gives this album a touch of magic. It also makes Day Before Us a highly credible neo-classical music project.
The true power of this album lies in its composing quality. Day Before Us knows perfectly well how to combine dark ambient and classical music and uses that skill to create eerie, but beautiful, anthems of a high quality. This is ideal score music for dark, creepy horror movies. I would recommend checking this out if you're one of those wandering souls. In fact, let's gather and wander towards our own eternal homes...