Dredg – El Cielo
El Cielo is the second concept album from the American progressive/alternative rock band, Dredg. It was released on October 8, 2002.
El Cielo (album) – Wikipedia
The title can be translated to mean “the sky” or “the heaven” in Spanish, and to mean “peace and freedom of expression” in dreams.
El Cielo is inspired by a painting by Salvador Dalí entitled Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening.
Band members have also been quoted as saying that this Dalí painting symbolizes sleep paralysis, a literal representation of the condition from which Dalí’s wife actually suffered.El Cielo (album) – Wikipedia
The work done by the band to bring this artistic concept and this condition of suffering into music is truly extraordinary.
Each member of the band expresses himself at his best, proposing an artistic and progressive alternative rock, always punctuated by the rhythmic inventiveness of the drummer Dino Campanella and above all by the angelic, ethereal, hypnotic and almost Gregorian voice of the singer Gavin Hayes.
The lyrics are one of the driving elements of the entire album,
in this dreamlike journey with open eyes:
All you need is a modest house in a modest neighborhoodSame Ol’ Road
In a modest town where honest people dwell
Making the cleanest energy for the greenest plants to grow
Richest soil that is drenched with the freshest rain
Then you should sit in your backyard
Watch clouds peak over the tallest mountain tops
Cause they unveil honest opinions about the stars
We live like penguins in the desertTriangle
Why can’t we live like tribes
The symphony’s concludedEighteen People Live In Harmony
The instruments are all cased up
Notes are silent
But music’s still apparent
Rents are rising
Our lease is up
Culture is down
Spirits are jaded
Art is dying, is art dead?
Art is dying, is it dead?
Believing we need it to move on
Night falls beneath candle light
Cast shadows, incense fragranceOf the Room
From the corner of the room
Cloudy senses, stale light
The Canyon Behind Her is the final track opening with with Japanese spoken word translated to ‘This album was inspired by a painting titled ‘dcbtfoabaapasba’. It is recommended that you view this painting as you listen to El Cielo.‘
Does anybody feel this way?The Canyon Behind Her
Does anybody feel like I do?
I built a wall
It stretched one thousand miles
It set it off
It’s holding up the roof
Breast feed your heart
Set it off
I saw a distant port
with no water to support
Burning the bridge between