After a period of quiet consolidation, during which the band concentrated on collaborations with the likes of WERKRAUM as well as contributions to compilations, LADY MORPHIA are pleased to announce the release of their second full-length offering. This disc, entitled Essence and Infinity, comes with a lavish sixteen-page booklet which includes lyrics in addition to artwork that reflects the album’s concerns and aesthetics. It features ten tracks. The range of styles contained on the CD is immensely diverse, stretching from tenebrous experimental ambience to beautiful acoustic ballads, via lush classical orchestrations, darkly energetic rock and more. Despite the genre-spanning nature of the various compositions, the entire recording is underpinned by a conceptual and atmospheric unity which ensures the inseparable coherence of the whole. All pieces are inspired in some way by the work of the German philosopher Oswald Spengler; not least by his theory of the bloom and decay of cultures according to organic principles. However, the opus is neither critique nor homage. Instead, it places elements of Spengler’s ideas and imagery in its own service. Whether through its poetic lyrics, an apposite use of samples, or simply as a result of the moods created by the songs themselves, the themes that Essence and Infinity addresses are as compelling as its music. LADY MORPHIA essentially began life in 1996 as a creative outlet for Nick Nedzynski. It remains a forum for the artistic expression of his personal obsessions, thoughts, beliefs and emotions. He and Chris Nedzynski form the nucleus of the group. On Essence and Infinity, Nick performed male vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, keyboards, piano, orchestrations, samples, tapes, timpani and percussion. Chris handled drums, timpani, percussion, piano, samples and tapes. He also took care of the engineering and mixing duties. For two tracks the brothers were joined by Emily Woodall, who offered her talents as a female vocalist. LADY MORPHIA proffer no ready answers to the ills of our epoch, but rather seek to reconnect the listener – if only for a brief period – with the metaphysical forces that govern life. On the one hand, the formation’s music can be regarded as an antidote to an age in which vacuousness, materialism and ugliness seem to have usurped content, idealism and beauty. On the other, it seeks not to escape the present, but to combine those worthwhile aspects of modernity with the positive and noble legacy of the past, bearing old ideals into the future under the banner of synthesis. As opposed to rejecting reality, the duo’s œuvre represents the somatic-aesthetic incarnation of an actuality that is at once deeper and higher than any other: the spiritual reality of eternal values.