For as busy as we imagine folks in Los Angeles to be, given the fact that the city is so widespread and that folks in metropolitan areas tend to lose so much time commuting to work or otherwise traveling for social occasions, it is just mind-boggling just how much music Beauty in Chaos, spearheaded by guitar guru Michael Ciravolo, can produce within the space of a year. This year being no exception, now they are back with their new single ‘The Kiss Of The World’ featuring Italian alt-rock diva Elena Alice Fossi.
A sizzling track squeezed in right before the year closes out, this is the second single from the forthcoming Beauty In Chaos album ‘Behind the Veil’ and was preceded by the autumn single ‘Orion’ ft. Whitney Tai. This long-player, which features all female vocalists, is scheduled for release on 2.22.22 via Los Angeles’ 33.3 Music Collective.
“Musically and lyrically, this song encompasses what Beauty In Chaos is to me. Sonic textures with elements of chaos, wrapped in layers of beauty,” says BIC curator Michael Ciravolo.
Vicente Cordero’s Industrialism Films was enlisted to bring this dystopian video concept to life. Ciravolo explains, “What drew me to Elena, besides her incredible voice, was that her lyrics are deep, intelligent and interpretive. It was her stage persona and a couple of interviews I had seen of her that sparked the ‘1984-big brother / V is for Vendetta’ concept. Vicente’s team did a great job of pulling these elements together … marrying Elena’s footage (filmed in Italy by famed photographer Francesco Licata) with our sets”.
Elena Alice Fossi, with her striking resemblance to Raqhel Welch, is perhaps best known as frontwoman of Kirlian Camera, as well as her electronic pop project SPECTRA*paris. A singer, composer and producer, she is lauded for being at the forefront of European alternative music, her range of musical output spanning electro, darkwave, future pop, alternative rock and synthpop.
“No, it’s not a love relationship that ended badly, as it might seem on the surface. This story’s plot is instead enclosed in the domination and deception that, perpetrated over time, have generated a zombified society, where the living dead obey an authority which in turn is the servant of stronger occult powers. And it’s these powers that pull the strings of a comedy in which consumerism, betrayal and manipulation are the masters,” says Elena Alice Fossi.
“The tyranny is well hidden and the slave doesn’t know he is, because he finds himself in a maelstrom of materialism and “online drugs” that make him unaware and helpless. But things are about to be turned around and this flawed system will be cornered. Satan’s mighty valet has pulled the rope to such an extent that it finally breaks and the lies that have long been embellished now reveal their true face. The hour of the rescue is going to come because not a few are awakening from the long torpor”
Beauty in Chaos is the brainchild of guitarist Michael Ciravolo. The LA-based New Orleans native is also President of Schecter Guitar Research. Until launching BIC, Ciravolo was guitarist in Human Drama for 30 years and had also played live and recorded with Michael Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel since 1998.
In 2020, Beauty In Chaos released ‘The Storm Before The Calm’ and the remix-based ‘Out Of Chaos Comes…’ albums to critical acclaim. Recorded at Ciravolo’s SAINTinLA Studio, this LP was produced by Grammy nominee Michael Rozon, known for his work with Ministry.
Since its inception, Beauty In Chaos has involved many music luminaries, including members of The Mission, The Cure, Ministry, Cheap Trick, The Offspring, Gene Loves Jezebel, Marilyn Manson, Human Drama, Bauhaus, Nine Inch Nails, Van Halen, A Flock of Seagulls, as well as dUg Pinnick (Kings X), ICE-T, producer Tim Palmer, guitar icon Zakk Wylde, Ashton Nyte (The Awakening), Evi Vine and Rolan Bolan.
As of December 2, ‘The Kiss of The World’ will be available via Apple Music and Bandcamp. The full ‘Behind the Veil’ album will be released on February 22, 2022. Beauty In Chaos’ catalogue can also be explored at https://www.beautyinchaosmusic.com/music-store
Elena Alice Fossi: voice and words
Michael Ciravolo: guitars, textures, bass-VI
Michael Rozon: bass, synth
Dirk Doucette: live drums
Written by Elena Alice Fossi, Michael Rozon, Michael Ciravolo
recorded, mixed and produced by Michael Rozon
additional recording by Elena Alice Fossi
Single cover design by GABB
Elena Alice Fossi: vocals
Michael Ciravolo: guitar
Tish Ciravolo: bass
Dirk Doucette: drums
Skum Love: bicycle anarchist
filmed and directed by Vicente Cordero/ Industrialism Films
edited by Ryan Conlon
video concept by Michael Ciravolo
Elena Alice Fossi footage by Francesco Licata
Also check out Beauty In Chaos’ previous single ‘Orion’ featuring Whitney Tai, where they live a surreal existence amidst the world of chess