Ali Beletic // Legends of These Lands Left to Live
LTG 012 // Release Date: April, 2016
"I spent several years in the desert crafting this record. It's a very emotional, raw and inspired record. It took a lot to get there."
Ali Beletic is best known for her work as an installation artist, creating beautiful symbolic art stunts as far flung as hiking in and installing three 7 foot mahogany and glass Judd-like sculptural pools filled with rainwater into remote desert, throwing parties with drummers hidden throughout backcountry, lighting up an entire boulder field you can hike through or riding vintage motorcycles backcountry to create beautiful lines of fire.
Legends of These Lands Left to Live is her long anticipated debut record, written and recorded during her time spent in the raw American landscape of the Sonoran Desert, after having left the art/punk scene and saturation of Brooklyn to explore concepts of transformation, personal rebellion, an iconic feminine take on rock n roll, and that which exists out on the boundaries of our humanity. Filled with mysterious and emotional songs, Legends is the anthem of that journey - tracing rock n roll's ancient history off road through personal incantations of vanguardism, and telling her vogue rebel stories from the artist streets of New York and the vast Southwest American deserts.
Recorded and produced alongside Lightning co-founder Seth Olinsky (Cy Dune, Akron/Family, Angels of Light) in their art/music studio they set up in the Sonoran Desert, they finished the record in several different studios in Los Angeles and New York with drummers Danny Frankel (Lou Reed, Fiona Apple) and Mike Horick, and are now releasing the record on Lightning Records, the label the two founded alongside Lightning Magazine to bring the badass, rock n roll spirit of fun havery back into the world.
THERE ARE LEGENDS OUT HERE THAT THIS CULTURE DOES NOT PARTAKE IN: LEGENDS PASSED DOWN FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION, TOLD BY GREAT ARTISTS, LEGENDS OF WILDNESS, ARCHETYPES OF OUR OWN HUMANITY, EXPERIENCES, JOURNEYS, SENSIBILITIES, PASSIONS, LIVING LEFT UNDONE AND UNEXPLORED.
“Beletic's debut album, Legends of These Lands Left to Live, takes its emotionally raw energy from the wells of transformation and mystery. At times, the record recalls Patti Smith's ragged and desperate punk, the Flat Duo Jets' animalistic rockabilly played super slow, or Cat Power's cigarette-chewing soul — yet, even with such high-profile reference points, Beletic holds her own. ” - Lars Gotrich / NPR
“Ali Beletic is a true nature's child.” - Yasmine Ganly Anyonegirl, New Zealand
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