Month: February 2018

EP cover „The Wall“: a picture from Zagreb art park

This year I’m going to release two EPs – that means nine new Anna Aliena songs! Secret Garden shall make a start on March 26th and The Wall will follow two weeks later. I’ve already revealed the covers on my Soundcloud account. When I showed my artwork for The Wall to my friend Max and to Alex at Planet Earth Studio, stay immediately had associations with the Berlin Wall without knowing each other. They both asked me where I had taken the picture in Berlin. I laughed as I shot the photo by accident at Zagreb art park at the end of last year!

Zagreb art park

Credits: Anna Aliena / Go!Diva Records

A coincidence at Zagreb art park

Anna Aliena The Wall

EP cover “The wall”

I was enjoying the marvelous Christmas season in the capital of Croatia where I’ve been a lot of times since January 2016. The city has an extremely positive energy which is great for my soul whereas Berlin is just the opposite … The sun was shining brightly on that December afternoon when I was climbing from Ilica, the longest street in Zagreb, to its medieval upper town Gornji Grad. During that little walk I crossed Zagreb art park which is full of colourful street art. On a warm evening in June 2017 there was also a flea market and a small theatre performance at the lower part of the park.

Street art in Zagreb art park

Credits: Anna Aliena / Go!Diva Records

When you ascend, you’ll reach a passage of steep stairs. At the very end of it I managed to catch the cover photo for The Wall though at that point I had no plans to turn it into album art for my music. However, Zagreb art park perfectly fits my forthcoming EP because it contains three songs in Croatian and only one track in English.

Yesterday I returned to the place and took some more pictures. Afterwards I went to Grič tunnel, an amazing bunker tunnel from World War II which is nowadays used as a passage and cultural event space. Right in the middle of it I filmed a video sequence and hopefully I will find more video spots in March. I’ll always be back, destiny gives me no choice!

Anna Aliena Envie de Voyager music video

Envie de Voyager: a travel music video

Have you ever heard me singing in French? I think you haven’t because I didn’t feel like sharing the music video “Envie de Voyager“ after I had made it in March last year. I only felt like travelling and that’s what I did. Although I had promised to release my EP Secret Garden on May 1st, I kept it locked in the closet. Dissatisfaction with my music or inferiority complexes were not the reason for my withdrawal from the scene – I simply wasn’t in the mood to produce myself and to show myself in public!

“Envie de Voyager“ is a very meditative song reflecting my love of travelling. Once again my video production led me to Croatia – in spring I visited Istria, Kvarner, northern Dalmatia and the capital Zagreb. In Pula, Rovinj and on the island of Pag my camera came to action.

Music video production in Croatia

In the video you can see the amphitheatre of Pula, among the six biggest Roman theatres in the world it’s number six. Especially the old town of Rovinj gave me a heart-warming experience: the picturesque harbour, the colourful houses and the narrow streets which have attracted numerous artists. I enjoyed the sunset at the beach, the clear blue sky and suddenly felt cured from my Berlin winter depression.

Anna Aliena Envie de Voyager

Credits: Anna Aliena / Go!Diva Records

I’m an extremely lucky person to be able to travel whenever I want. I’m not bound to high season when the beaches on Pag are packed with tourists. In Pag, the main town of the island, it was completely deserted during my stay even though the sun wouldn’t stop shining and the blue of the crystal clear Adriatic seemed much brighter than in summer.

During the video-making I had a great view on the harsh and bleak Pag landscape. As bura storms often blow from the Velebit mountain range, hardly anything can grow on the light brown rocks. Nevertheless, the turcquoise sea created a fabulous contrast I particularly enjoyed in that scenery!

Almost no Anna Aliena in front of the camera

Almost I wouldn’t have appeared in front of the camera. In those days costumes and make-up were so unimportant to me. Thus, I wore regular jeans, one of my usual everyday jackets without exposing my face to the lens. In fact, you might wonder if the Croatian tourist board had asked me to film a couple of places in Croatia for them, but nothing of that kind has ever happened to me. Now please have a look at the result and tell me your opinion in the voting below the video! By the way, the Secret Garden EP will eventually be released on March 26th. Really, I’m not kidding this time!

Anna Aliena Gloomy Sunday & Alien Pop

Alien Pop & Gloomy Sunday FOR FREE at Bandcamp!

I’m still alive and make music! In fact, I’ve never stopped, but for quite a while I didn’t feel like showing myself to the world. Thinking about the future of my musical style and other things, I’ve finally come to the conclusion that music was my first love and will always be. So I’m back again!

During my absence my single Gloomy Sunday (2012) and the EP Alien Pop (2013) have disappeared from the download portals like iTunes, Amazon etc. However, I hadn’t found out before Friday night! Sometimes musicians are naive and during the time of the production I was in touch with a guy from a small net label who published my records without asking for money.

A certain time after the online releases I’ve never heard from him again. He vanished from social media and it wasn’t possible to contact him via email any longer. I haven’t even seen a single cent from download sales!

Nevertheless, Gloomy Sunday and Alien Pop will come back to the stores around February 25th. In the next two weeks I will give you the possibility to get both records at my Bandcamp site – FOR FREE unless you are willing to pay for my work.

Gloomy Sunday: 2 new versions of an old Hungarian song

In 1933 the unknown Budapest bar pianist Rezsö Seress (1899 – 1968) was deserted by his fiancee. Grieving for his lost love, he composed a melancholic melody called “Szomorú Vasárnap“ (Gloomy Sunday) and suddenly became world-famous.

Yet fame had a negative side effect for him because the song inspired numerous listeners to kill themselves and radio stations banned “Gloomy Sunday“ from their programme.

I didn’t use the English translation of László Jávor’s original lyrics like Diamanda Galas, Heather Nova or Björk. In „Gloomy Sunday (Suicide Drive)“ I remember 2009, probably the darkest year of my life. Hysterical synthesizers lead you to the deepest abyss of my soul. Luckily I didn’t fall, but later I committed suicide in my song.

„Gloomy Sunday (Lovers In War)“, the second version on the single, tells the story of a devastating relationship which inspired me to shoot a gloomy video at Beelitz Heilstätten, a former hospital for lung diseases near Berlin. Only the ruins have remained and they look like a battlefield!

Alien Pop: the celebration of a genre

Outer space is much more colourful! On Alien Pop I celebrated extraterrestrial extravagance to the fullest. The first song „Floating In Space“ was a tribute to the great Klaus Nomi who had died 30 years before the release on August 6th, 2013. If you are familiar with his music, you will recognize a few similarities to his song “Total Eclipse“ in the chorus.

On track 5 I honoured a second big idol of mine: Freddie Mercury. Its title “The Show Goes On“ responds to Queen’s “The Show Must Go On“, but it also reflects my own attitude towards music. Well, my music has changed over the year’s, but wouldn’t it be boring to stay the same forever?

Now go to Bandcamp, download the tracks and convince yourself:

https://anna-aliena.bandcamp.com/album/gloomy-sunday
https://anna-aliena.bandcamp.com/album/alien-pop