Ali Beletic Legends Of These Lands Left To Live on Limited Edition LP
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.
What emerges is a very powerful feminine rock n roll record, evoking the bare humanity of solo-Lennon and the overtone depths of Skip James, the proto punk power of Patti Smith and the sounds of self that emerge from the quiet, raw, visceral American landscape when we allow ourselves to hear our own intimate voice. Her stories of cultural nomadism take us from beatnik New York to the new wave of women motorcycle riders, enlivening wild romantic parts of self through the backcountry of ancient deserts told through her intimate, jazz-like, sensual vocals, evocative of singers as far flung as Mary Travers or Cat Power; up front, dry, intent, rhythmic and powerful, and accompanied by her broken speaker, gritty electric guitars.
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.