Ionnalee - Everyone Afraid to be Forgotten (2018)

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She's ditched the former moniker of IAM and made another gorgeous synth pop record. "Blazing" is fire. Main difference this time is a bigger integration of textural elements, including brass/horn arrangements

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlaSj4AbBqo

kolakube (Ross), Saturday, 17 February 2018 01:53 (six months ago) Permalink

yeah really good album

akm, Saturday, 17 February 2018 16:22 (six months ago) Permalink

the film's excellent as well, kinda a lone gun occult witch feel to it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQI6aXmBY-M

kolakube (Ross), Saturday, 17 February 2018 16:26 (six months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

turrican, you heard this yet? i know you liked previous iam?

tinnitus the night (Ross), Saturday, 17 March 2018 16:03 (five months ago) Permalink

I listen to it. I like the up-tempo tracks. The slower songs are taking longer to grow on me than past albums.

LeRooLeRoo, Saturday, 17 March 2018 17:12 (five months ago) Permalink

I haven't heard it yet, Ross - to be honest, I'm a little behind on stuff that's come out so far this year, but this is def. on my mental list of stuff that I need to hear.

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Wednesday, 21 March 2018 19:12 (four months ago) Permalink

All good mate :) look forward to hear your thoughts later

tinnitus the night (Ross), Wednesday, 21 March 2018 19:15 (four months ago) Permalink

Does it feel like a continuation of her previous work?

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Wednesday, 21 March 2018 19:24 (four months ago) Permalink

It's definitely still full of synth pop, tracks like "Gone" and "Blazing" wouldn't sound out of place on "Blue". Overall it's her longest work tho and conceptually seems the heaviest to follow a theme. LeRoo mentioned the slower songs being harder to parse at first, there's certainly some more atmospheric and new agey style tracks, but some of these build to synth pop levels again (like "dunes of sand" which is a classic Iam ballad in form like "Thin" but shifts to a synth pop rave-up in the outro).

Texture wise there's the aforementioned inclusion of digital brass which adds a more cinematic air. Certainly it's a continuation, "joy" is reminiscent of "play" from Kin, but there's also a summation of her styles here. Lyrically it seems like this might be her final album

tinnitus the night (Ross), Wednesday, 21 March 2018 19:56 (four months ago) Permalink

I wonder what's prompted the name change, then? Usually when an artist re-brands it's either because they want to start again from scratch or it goes alongside a change in direction, but it seems to me that it's neither of those things?

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Wednesday, 21 March 2018 20:04 (four months ago) Permalink

her previous moniker was really hard to remember

frogbs, Wednesday, 21 March 2018 20:06 (four months ago) Permalink

artist rebranding also happens when a previous project contradicts an unbroken upward trajectory of success. new name, clean slate. (if only we all could do that.)

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Wednesday, 21 March 2018 20:12 (four months ago) Permalink

I think jonna took the reins of this project more, whereas IAM was a duo if I'm not mistaken. This is her return to her name, declaring independence

tinnitus the night (Ross), Wednesday, 21 March 2018 20:26 (four months ago) Permalink

Also the film for this record clearly has references to past imagery used in IAM films

tinnitus the night (Ross), Wednesday, 21 March 2018 20:30 (four months ago) Permalink

I love the cover art for this, Apparently the statue she made fell over and broke immediately after or something.

akm, Wednesday, 21 March 2018 22:41 (four months ago) Permalink

playing the UK in May. She never tours so any UK fans go if you can

tinnitus the night (Ross), Tuesday, 27 March 2018 20:03 (four months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

My favourite record of 2018. Hope ilm rates it

done and dusted (Ross), Friday, 4 May 2018 05:28 (three months ago) Permalink

Underrated

Main man (Ross), Friday, 4 May 2018 16:47 (three months ago) Permalink

After the love for Kin I’m unsure why nobody gaf

Main man (Ross), Friday, 4 May 2018 16:49 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Slept on for some reason? No love on Ilx for jonna Lee

Slippage (Ross), Sunday, 10 June 2018 07:34 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

nobody into this?

music saved my life (Ross), Friday, 29 June 2018 23:42 (one month ago) Permalink

Own it, like it (though less than past work), but 'lectropop has lost some lustre for me, and I'm mostly listening end of the world dirges and escapist avant jazz of late.

Roomba with an attitude (Sanpaku), Saturday, 30 June 2018 01:34 (one month ago) Permalink

why do y'all like it less than the past work? ask that sincerely

music saved my life (Ross), Saturday, 30 June 2018 02:51 (one month ago) Permalink

one month passes...

i would again recommend the film to anyone trying to get into this, linked above

SPOILERS below

basically it is the story of ionnalee (jonna) who wakes up abandoned, is brainwashed by a white witch radio program in the house and sets out to become part of a back-door occult society. She is rejected and kicked out of the occult club, gangs up with a bunch of drifters like her and tells them her story of being burned at the stake as a witch in the past. The drifters also betray her and eventually she ends up in a massive karate fight in the forest between the black magic witches and the white magic witches, ionna is a white magic witch. The film reaches its conclusion with her going back to the club she was ousted from, stealing the mic and blowing everyone away - onlookers bowing to her. Finally she ends up on the floor again, realizing that she never wanted this narcissistic roadshow of success, fame and the approval of secret societies. unusually ionnalee mostly plays masonic halls, so it does seem weirdly on the nose and this is all my interpretation upon several viewings.

dj screwed (Ross), Friday, 10 August 2018 16:12 (one week ago) Permalink


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