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EERDERE EDITIES | 2007 | MUZIEK | MILENASONG


Biography

Milenasong is Berlin-based Sabrina Milena, a Norwegian/ Slovenian/ Croatian, living in her chosen home of Berlin. Milena has been making music for 5 years with her Fostex 4-track and has a general fixation on organic sound. As a former student of illustration, it is perhaps no wonder that her music is very visual; Milenasong almost paints with patchworks of sound.

 

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"Guitar chords are like sketches for me," says Milena, "I see working with layers, production, arrangements and contrasts as a challenge. The voice is for me personally my main instrument. Although I feel most comfortable singing in English, I grew up with the German language so I also like Germany a lot. And then there's the influence of the Norwegian fjords. My music is almost as if I were trying to be a bridge between these two countries."

 

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The result of this painterly pattern-making are intimate songs that mix singer-songwriter ballads with otherworldly soundscapes of ambient college and watercolor vocals. Milenasong's many influences include: Sandy Denny, Townes Van Zandt, Roy Harper, Roberta Flack, The Books, Les Mouches, Cat Power, Keith Jarrett, Fairport Convention, Pentangle, etc. She also loves cigarettes and the smoky sound of Joni Mitchell's voice.

 

Discography

-) 2006 : 'Can't tape forever' on Monika Enterprise.

XLR8R's point of view :

Armed with a Fostex 4-trax and fixation on organic sound, Norway-born Sabrina Milena made the move to Berlin and started making music under the name Milenasong five years ago. For Milena, music is as visual as it is audible. 'Guitar chords are like sketches for me,' the artist says, and in keeping with her words she layers sounds over one another the way a drawing student layers pencil lines. The singing-which she does in both German and English-brings life to this minimal landscape, and takes influence from The Books, Cat Power, Robert Flack, and, err, cigarettes.

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-) 2007 : 'Seven Sisters' on Monika Enterprise.

XLR8R's point of view :

Milenasong is hardly bashful about her ability to juggle multiple instruments and musical styles on Seven Sisters. She'll drift from minimal acoustics and drums to traditionally structured songs accompanied by woodwinds and harmonies with disturbing ease, before veering into psychedelic experiments featuring bleeps and warped vocals. Fans of all things eclectic, take note, and don't forget to check out her visual artistry on her website.

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Audio

-) Thirty, taken from 'Seven Sisters'.
-) The Choir, unreleased.

 

Web

-) Official site.
-) Myspace.
-) Monika Enterprise.