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Extraterrestrial extravagance: "Alien Pop" by Anna Aliena
By: Go!Diva Records
Little green men, intergalactic terrorists and E.T. have not much in common with Anna Aliena's work. Under the cloak of alien pop she allows herself all kinds of stylistic blendings which pop up in her mind during her productions.
A tribute to legends
On the first track of the EP she flies to outer space, though. “Floating in Space“ is a tribute to the German pop countertenor Klaus Nomi who died 30 years before the release of “Alien Pop“ - on August 6, 1983. The chorus sounds a bit similar to Nomi's major hit “Total Eclipse“. To serve the purpose of making a tribute, Anna Aliena created this similarity intentionally. On track 5 she honours another big role model of hers: Freddie Mercury. The title “The Show Goes On“ is a response to the Queen song “The Show Must Go On“, but it reflects Anna Aliena's own attitude towards music as well.
Synthesizer meets orchestra
Besides praising legends, the singer and songwriter from Berlin also adopted topics from everyday life. “Robot“ deals with the monotony in the world of employment while “I'm Gonna Win“ depicts personal struggles to achieve certain aims and keeping the faith in oneself. “Alien Pop“, an extravagant portrait of the artist herself, builds a bridge between pop music and opera. All in all, the song arrangements are dominated by synthesizer sounds, but in between there are several sparkles of classical orchestra and operatic sections. Even though the whole EP was written in d minor, it is a colourful mixture of styles which is suitable for the dance floor without sounding gloomy.
Video “Robot“ out since May 10
Since May 10, 2013 the video “Robot“ has been available on YouTube and other video channels. Whereas the clip was produced by Anna Aliena herself, Tim Brackmann, a graphic designer from Berlin, drew the cover of “Alien Pop“. On August 6, 2013, Go!Diva Records is going to release the entire set of songs for digital download and on a limited CD edition signed by the artist.