PRESS RELEASE: NOW AVAILABLE: Arooj Aftab's "Siren Islands"
Siren Islands is the new album from Pakistan-born, Brooklyn-based composer and performer Arooj Aftab. The record is available exclusively through New Amsterdam’s Bandcamp subscription as part of the Windmill Series, a new digitally-focused set of releases for subscribers in addition to our regular release schedule. Subscribe today to receive the album, which will be released on all other platforms on July 13.
Siren Islands is a raw collection of ambient, experimental electronic music, carrying strong themes of female empowerment, and taking inspiration from the mythology of Sirenum Scopuli. While working on the project, Aftab spent many winter nights in a very deep musical meditation, experimenting with analog synthesizers, loop pedals, electric guitar, and her own deeply enchanting voice. It is an immersive work filled with "spiraling soundscapes for lo-fi dreaming."
Written and performed by Aftab alone, each track is recorded live and tracked to a single mono input, creating an intimate world that is difficult to escape, balanced between the ancient and contemporary.
from distant waters, from parallel worlds,
concealed by the drifting mists of floating islands
come the siren songs
beckoning the spirit to submerge and submit
Written and performed by Arooj Aftab
Mixed and mastered by Damon Whittemore
Artwork “Miss Rockaway” courtesy of Swoon Studio
Liner notes by Radhika Singh
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► Siren Islands - the new album from Pakistan-born, Brooklyn-based composer and performer Arooj Aftab (available exclusively through NewAm subscription as part of NewAm’s new Windmill Series).
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