"We called the album 'Amarantine' to mean everlasting. Poets use the word to describe an everlasting flower and I loved the image of that." -Enya
Amarantine, Enya's sixth solo album was released on November 21, 2005 after 2 years of recording. The title track was aired for the first time on October 10, 2005 on BBC 2 Terry Wogan's show. A special edition including four new Christmas songs was released the following year.
|01||Less Than A Pearl||3:44||Loxian|
|03||It's In The Rain||4:08||English|
|04||If I Could Be Where You Are||4:01||English|
|05||The River Sings||2:50||Loxian|
|06||Long Long Journey||3:16||English|
|07||Sumiregusa (Wild Violet)||4:42||Japanese|
|08||Someone Said Goodbye||4:00||English|
|09||A Moment Lost||3:09||English|
|11||Amid The Falling Snow||3:38||English|
|12||Water Shows The Hidden Heart||4:41||Loxian|
Amarantine was the first and only Enya album with the album artwork designed in-house. Nicky and Ebony Ryan are credited for the cover concept, Roma, Ebony and Persia Ryan are credited for the inner booklet.
The first published draft of the cover included a different font, the final version uses Aquiline for the title.
The promotional photography was shot by Simon Fowler during two days in June 2005 at Knebworth House, Hertfordshire, England.
Tim Royes directed two music videos for the album: 'Amarantine' and 'It's in the rain.' Both feature Enya walking through a digitally painted fantasyland.
"We wanted to launch the Enya’s new album in a city that is as beautiful as possible –and Paris is one of Enya’s favourite cities." -Nicky Ryan
The album was launched on October 27, 2005 in the beautiful Castle of Vaux Le Vicomte near Paris. Record company Warner gave Enya an impressive banquet starting with fireworks set to the new music.
The invitation to the event:
Enya stayed true to the amaranth colour and wore red dresses throughout the entire promotional tour. The Paris launch party backless gown was designed by Maria Grachvogel.
|Happy Xmas Show (Japan)||Only Time
|Dec 23, 2007||Lip-synched|
|Christmas in Rockefeller Center (USA)||The Magic of the Night
It's in the Rain
|Nov 29, 2006||Lip-synched|
|Che Tempo Che Fa (Italy)||Adeste Fideles||Dec 16, 2006||Lip-synched|
|Late Late Show (Ireland)||Adeste Fideles||Dec 8, 2006||Lip-synched|
|Loose Women (UK)||It's in the Rain||Nov 16, 2006||Lip-synched|
|GMTV (UK)||It's in the Rain||Nov 16, 2006||Lip-synched|
|World Music Awards (London)||It's in the Rain||Nov 15, 2006||Lip-synched|
|Catherine & MAX Show (Netherlands)||Amarantine||Apr. 4, 2006||Lip-synched|
|Late Late Show (Ireland)||Amarantine||Mar 24, 2006||Lip-synched|
|The Saturday Early Show (USA)||Amarantine||Mar 11, 2006||Live|
|Live! With Regis and Kelly (USA)||Amarantine||Jan 26, 2006||Live|
|Verstehen Sie Spaß (Germany)||Amarantine||Jan 21, 2006||Lip-synched|
|Happy Xmas Show (Japan)||Amarantine||Dec 24, 2005||Lip-synched|
|Music Fair (Japan)||Amarantine||Dec, 2005||Lip-synched|
|Unknown Show (Japan)||Sumiregusa||Dec, 2005||Lip-synched|
|Top of the Pops (UK)||Amarantine||Dec 4, 2005||Live|
'Amarantine' brought Enya a Grammy award in the 'Best new age album' category. 'Drifting' was nominated for the 'Best pop instrumental performance' but didn't win.
The award ceremony was held in Los Angeles on February 11, 2007. Enya attended the event but didn't collect the award in person because she missed her cue: "I was actually on the red carpet. But the news was wonderful when I heard it." Although this was Enya's fourth Grammy, it was the first time she travelled to the presentations.
"I've sung in Gaelic, Latin and Japanese, so we thought,
let's try something completely new." -Enya
Three songs on 'Amarantine' are sung in a fictional language Loxian created by Enya's lyricist Roma Ryan. The idea arose after Roma wrote lyrics in Elvish for 'The Fellowship of the Ring' movie. The main influence comes from the sounds that Enya sings while the songs don't have actual lyrics yet.
The first piece recorded in Loxian was 'Water Shows the Hidden Heart' after it didn't work in English, Gaelic and Latin. At the time, the language was called Errakan, what in Gaelic means more-less 'the people that come from the Moon', but Roma and Enya found the name Loxian more appealing.
The name Loxian comes from the Greek god of the Sun, Apollo. In his role as god of prophecy and truth, one of Apollo's epiphets was 'Loxias'.
In the collector's edition of 'The very best of Enya' Roma explained the play on words behind the name: "A god of the sun whose name we have given to those who travel to the moon. It is a subtle irony."
Less Than A Pearl - Heah Viiya
The River Sings - Ea Hymm Llay Hey
Water Shows The Hidden Heart - Syoombrraya
"The Loxians, are much like us. They're in space, somewhere in the night. They're looking out, they're mapping the stars, and wondering if there is anyone else out there. It's to do with that concept: are we alone in the universe?" -Enya
Roma developed the Loxian story in her book 'Water Shows the Hidden Heart' published shortly after the release of the album. The book was later re-released as a part of the 'Amarantine' deluxe collector's edition.
The Loxian songs and story inspired a series of treasure hunts hosted by the official Enya website. They were created by Roma Ryan and take place in the Loxian universe.
Less than a pearl - Amarantine - It's in the rain If I could be where you are - The river sings - Long long journey Sumiregusa - Someone said goodbye - A moment lost Drifting - Amid the falling snow - Water shows the hidden heart
2006 Amarantine - Special Christmas Edition
(Canada, Europe, Japan and Taiwan)
- standard album - additional disc with four Christmas songs: Adeste, Fideles - The Magic of the Night We wish you a Merry Christmas - Christmas Secrets
2006 Amarantine - Special Limited Edition (USA)
- standard album - 'Water Shows the Hidden Heart' book by Roma Ryan - three exclusive photocards - all packaged in a red velvet box
2005 Amarantine (worldwide)
01 Amarantine (single version) 02 The Comb of the Winds 03 Spaghetti Western Theme from The Celts
2006 It's In The Rain (Europe)
01 It's in the Rain (single version) 02 A Moment Lost 03 Drifting
2006 It's in the Rain / Adeste, Fideles (Europe)
01 It's in the Rain 02 Adeste, Fideles
2006 Sounds of the Season (USA)
01 Adeste, Fideles 02 The Magic of the Night 03 We Wish You A Merry Christmas 04 Christmas Secrets 05 Amid the Falling Snow 06 Oíche Chiúin (Silent Night)
2006 Christmas Secrets (Canada)
01 Adeste, Fideles 02 The Magic of the Night 03 We Wish You a Merry Christmas 04 Christmas Secrets
2006 If I Could Be Where You Are (Japan)
01 If I Could Be Where You Are
2006 Someone Said Goodbye (USA)
01 Someone Said Goodbye (album version) 02 Someone Said Goodbye (remix)
2006 The Magic of the Night (Japan)
01 The Magic of the Night
Produced by Nicky Ryan
All titles composed by Enya
Lyrics by Roma Ryan
Prodiced by Nicky Ryan
All instruments and vocals
performed by Enya
Arranged by Enya and Nicky Ryan
Mixed by Enya and Nicky Ryan
Recorded at Aigle Studio
Engineered by Nicky Ryan
Mastered by Dick Beetham
of 360 Mastering, London
Digital technical advisor
and Engineer: Daniel Polley
Loxian language and font by Roma Ryan
All titles published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd
enya is a registered trademark
Photography by Simon Fowler
Conceptual cover design by
Nicky Ryan and Ebony Ryan
Inner sleeve design and layout by
Ebony Ryan & Roma Ryan
Inner sleeve artwork by
Roma Ryan and Persia Ryan
Cover and inner sleeve
Production by Intro
Enya, Nicky & Roma would like to thank Edgar Bronfman,
Nick Phillips, Paul-Rene Albertini, Korda Marshall,
John Watson and all their friends, both old and new,
at Warner Music, with very special thanks to Joanne Carrigan.
We would also like to thank Guy Moot and Fran Malyan
of EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Thanks also to Robert Mahon, Derek Hobbs,
Berry Klein, Glen Pratley and SSL for their support.
Enya, Nicky and Roma would like to dedicate this album
to the memory of their friend, BBC Producer, Tony McAuley.