From a musical point of view, ‘Beyond Good and Evil’ is everything but minimalistic, characterized by rich electronic arrangements and multiple textures of melodies and orchestrations. The retro-futuristic style recalls many ‘80s pop icons, such as Ultravox, Depeche Mode, Simple Minds or Gary Numan, without lacking more modern rock and industrial influences.
It was not born as a concept album, and probably it’s not such even if we look at the end result. However, at some point in the working phase, we noticed the existence of a ‘leitmotif’, born spontaneously and almost unconsciously; an underlying thread behind the scaffolding of the entire album, but at the same time, organic to the latter.
It’s the concept of hypocrisy, effectively symbolized by the ‘veil’ (a metaphor borrowed from the philosophy of Schopenhauer and, before him, from the eastern culture); something that is between the observer and the real essence of things.
This is the intrinsic concept of BGaE; a trace of it can be spotted in each song, always from a different point of view. The veil can be a metaphor for many forms of hypocrisy: the perversion of social patterns, the lack of transparency and sincerity in relations between lovers or friends, the want of communication and isolation barrier behind which some of us take shelter to protect ourselves from cruelty and the irrational chaos of this world, the sterile materialism of a substantial part of our society, etc.. This is evident from the first song ‘The Veil of Maya’, which can be considered the manifesto of the entire work; in it, it’s also obsessively present the exhortation which is the other thread of the album; It’s not limited to single out the existential problems but it also offers a possible solution: the gash of the veil, the abandonment of any illusory condition of human life; a difficult but essential process, desirable - mind you -no matter what you encounter on the other side of the wall (it is here that takes way the quote from Nietzsche that gives the title track, although completely changed to the original direction), whether is ‘Good’ or ‘Bad’.
We must accept the truth of our existence for what it is; if necessary, fight to change it. However, too often humans mutilate themselves in a voluntary state of minority, afraid to face reality. Changes are possible, anyhow, if each one realizes this simple thing.
‘Beyond Good and Evil’ is essentially this: a humanist work, which criticizes the human race for human race’s sake. The great hope hidden behind the veil of pessimism.
Recorded and mixed between 2014-2015 in Bari, Italy
Davide Colella - main vocals, synths, programming
Francesco Romeo Sacco - guitar, synths, backing vocals
Tracks ‘01’ , ‘07’
composed by D. Colella
Tracks ‘02’ , ‘03’ , ‘05’ , ‘09’ , ‘10’
composed by D. Colella, F. R. Sacco
and written by F. R. Sacco
composed by D. Colella and written by F. R. Sacco
Tracks ‘06’ , ‘08’
composed by D. Colella and written by D. Colella, F. R. Sacco
Artwork by Marina Mundo
photos on pages 2 and 7 by Gianluca Mininni