Anana Kaye releases new captivating album “Detour” on August 2nd, as a response to the chaotic world around us
“Detour” is an anticipated follow up to Anana Kaye’s first album “Sentient", recorded in New York and finished in Nashville at the end of 2018, after the couple made the big move to the Music City. While classic influences reverberate throughout the album, there’s nothing “retro” about it as the duo stays true to their cutting-edge sound and distinctive approach to songwriting.
The duo, Anana Kaye and Irakli Gabriel, who are originally from Georgia (no, not the state, but the ancient country on the crossroads of Europe and Asia, where wine was first made some 8,000 years ago) collaborate on the new release to create a cathartic response to the world around them. Loss, alienation and struggle cut across every line of every song on this 7 song album, resonating with a Bryan Ferry-esque allure, but with an intensity from the couple’s spellbinding music married to lyrics about being kicked down and picking yourself up enough times to have an attitude about it. And it all washes musically with deep and full pop textures that sometimes belie the sharp feelings of Anana’s unique and captivating vocal delivery swishing between panic and empathy.
A smasher is “Down the Ladder”, a cruelly haunting desperation anthem, which opens the Album with a piano feel straight out of a German cabaret in 1932 until Anana makes her presence known and she and Irakli take the music harder, and rockier, to a roaring, almost violent end. When listening to the imaginative lyrics with a profound vocal delivery one can’t help also hearing hints of Tom Waits, Pink Floyd, Kate Bush and The Dresden Dolls. The song is accompanied by an equally inspired Avant-garde music video. Shot at various locations in their native Republic of Georgia, the video is presented with an X-Ray effect - not an incidental choice considering the nature of the lyrics and piercing instrumentation. Anana Kaye is seen performing bewitching dance moves with the backdrop of a medieval fairy-tale looking castle contrasted with the remains of Soviet debris. The combination creates a powerful visual collage and evokes a feeling of trying to leave the past behind yet being confronted by powerful forces, often beyond one’s control.
The lamenting “A Scar to Remember You By” and an introspective “If I Could Live My Life Again” are also standouts. Inspired and emotional, with a bit of Aimee Mann and Christine McVie feel, these tunes are supported by musicians who know how to hold back and play deep, allowing Anana’s vocal to do its magic.
Most of the material on the album was composed at the end of 2016 and one cannot help but feel the reverberations of the myriad of events of that year, the passing of the artists’ several musical heroes (an enigmatic Bowie tribute bonus track “Shine Alone” and a deeply personal, ethereal “All That I Have”), as well as the unprecedented political climate and the elections which hardly left anyone unaffected (a frantic and bouncy pop of “Invasion”).
The album was recorded at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, NY, with Anana and Irakli co-producing the tracks with a visionary producer and engineer Aaron Nevezie (Jojo Meyer’s “The Nerve”). Bonus tracks were recorded in Nashville - "Shine Alone" in East Nashville by the in-demand guitarist and producer Dave Coleman and "Blueberry Fireworks" by a Norwegian Grammy nominated producer Brett Ryan Stewart of Wirebird Productions.
All songs were written by Anana Kaye and Irakli Gabriel, with Freddie Stevenson co- writing on “Shine Alone” and “A Scar To Remember You By” (which also features lyrics by New York rock singer-songwriter Julia Haltigan and the legendary Mike Scott of the Waterboys).