LTG 012 // Release Date: June 17, 2016 Ali Beletic // Legends of These Lands Left to Live
"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…Ali Beletic’s debut album is one of the most refreshing rock albums I’ve heard in a while.” - NPR
"Living and working [out of Los Angeles], Ali Beletic creates an experience allowing access to ancient emotions and latent instincts through her conceptual art installations. From traditional gallery and field work to adventure-driven parties, Beletic’s intention is to evoke wild instincts within the context of the art world. And so the motives such as primeval rituals, vast natural spaces and liberating journeys carry throughout her work, inviting the viewers – or participants – to recreate the experience of their ancestors." - Ignant
"Ali Beletic is best known for her work as an installation artist. She creates symbolic art stunts as expansive as setting up mahogany and glass Judd-like sculptural pools in remote deserts, throwing parties with drummers hidden throughout the backcountry, and illuminating an entire boulder field you can hike through. Needless to say, she has an eye for provocative imagery, and apparently her senses are fluid because she has an ear for the provocative as well. The sense of roaming, exploration, and wanderlust in her visual components transfer to her music. " - Stereogum
BIO FOR THE RECORD
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 mahogany and glass Judd-like sculptural pools 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, 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.
Legends was recorded and produced alongside Lightning co-founder Seth Olinsky (Cy Dune, Akron/Family, Angels of Light) in the 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 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.
“There’s shades of Patti Smith or early PJ Harvey in the brooding atmosphere Ali creates, the husky vocals have a touch of Alison Mosshart, and there’s a distinct slice of the cinematic stylings of Ennio Morricone.” - For The Rabbits
ALI TALKS ABOUT HER LIGHTNING RELEASE:
ROCKNROLL IS A LATENT INSTINCT, MAY WE LIVE ON FOREVER.
Humans are a gold mine. Don’t ever forget that. Boldness, passion, totemic awareness, sensual experience that goes out beyond your skin, raw loudness, speed, these aren’t just concepts, these are lifestyles. Sometimes you have to burn ablaze, or head out into the middle of nowhere, or ride desert at night, to enliven your sensuality. You are a shapeshifter and you’ve got the power. It’s ancient, it’s in your skin.
I had left Brooklyn. I had left the faded yet fantastic memories of playing guitar in our no heat vacant warehouse with my neighbors in the pitch black for fun. It was time for something new. I was living in the Sonoran Desert hiking daily into trackless wilderness, and observing the wildlife there. I was working on a record.
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. Many ideas, reflections, a badass muscle car, a couple cool motorbikes, faded direct, overlaying symbolism, direct direct, passiong torches through the hills, nights out in the wild, an old storied buffalo robe, cliffside movement, patience, many days playing guitars, chasing the ecstatic, a reflection pool, studio after studio, setting sights for the horizon, and all the wonderful people I met along the way.
I knew there was power in this. It’s not logical, its visceral and very tangible. I believe in rock n roll and I believe you have to set up a vanguard opportunity trigger to keep up with it. It’s bold and it’s big. I think we can bring it back. Get loud, turn up, and rock n roll.
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