“Myriam G.S. Mestiaen makes music that speaks to the soul. More than that, if the theory that music has the power to heal rings true, then “Kiss of Life”, the first full length CD from multidisciplinary artist Myriam G.S. Mestiaen goes a step further in exploring the intricate role it plays in the human experience. Without assigning the inaccurate label of concept album, the songs as a whole invite the listener into an intimate emotional bubble where mystery, nostalgia and longing pave the way for death and rebirth.
Musically, the once solo pianist Mestiaen, fills in her raw and delicate vocals with an eclectic but classically trained hand accompanied by a skilled rhythm section and digital samples that don’t interfere with the timeless sound. Somewhere between jazz, rhythm and blues, world music and rock with the vocal styling of a smoky lounge chanteuse donning Kate Bush theatrics, Mestiaen experiments with all the angles to create a simultaneously unique and familiar sound. The collaboration with producer and musician Dirk Blanchart on Kiss of Life reflects a movement back to basics without sacrificing virtuosity in lyrics or music; a polished production that still allows for surprises and improvisation during live performance.
Kiss Of Life encompasses not only the recent CD but also a book of Mestiaen’s picture diaries, the website www.kissoflife.be, an online archive of illustrated diary entries going back to 1993, a four song EP released in 2004 and a series of live performances over the past 5 years throughout Belgium. “