Wishing You A Very Happy New Year 2014!
Sometimes after intense experiences the feeling to get away from everything for a while is a strong wave. So I took myself off to an Ashram in Grass Valley, CA to study classical yoga. I’m no stranger to plunging into the inner, deeper realms, as you’ve probably surmised. I’ve practiced yoga for many years. Meditation and yoga are intrinsic to my music and inspire the way I approach my life and work.
I’d created ‘The Butterfly Ate The Pearl’. And the Butterfly was breaking out of it’s cocoon. When I finally came out of the Ashram, I found ‘the world’ had been busy with the Butterfly and so here’s a little summary. Peace and love to you.
New Video for the download single ‘Ember’
Eric Leiser, the American animator who did my last video for ‘If (I Was)’ , has made another fantastic video for the download single ‘Ember’. The video-still at the top of this page is from the video. It’s a psychedelic trip! Noisey (Vice Magazine) premiered Eric’s video exclusively just before Christmas. Now it’s been unleashed into the wilds of Youtube, Vimeo etc. And for those fashionistas out there, the red dress I wear for the video, and on the back cover of the album, is an original 1970’s ‘Mushroom’ label dress.
Have a peek, as now we have this new sparkly video up on the Pantaleimon mothership here
Reviews, Reviews, Reviews
There’s been some really positive reviews of my new album ‘The Butterfly Ate The Pearl’. Here’s just a couple of them ~
“Degens has thus far avoided mainstream critical attention. On the evidence here, this is nothing short of criminal. Apart from possessing a wonderful voice, she also demonstrates a keen ear for subtle yet layered arrangements, and a knack for compositions that are, at times, incredibly moving.The lilting vocal melody, coupled with the gentle swell of soft, subtle strings at the beginning of ‘Ember’ is reminiscent of ‘She Moved Through the Fair,’ a traditional Celtic folk song that’s been performed by everyone from Van Morrison to Boyzone via All About Eve, Fairport Convention and Sinead O’Connor. But it soon grows, blossoming into a rich electric folk-rock song, buttoned down by a strolling bassline and meandering fiddle. But Andria’s voice remains the focus and focal point of the dreamy number that sets the tone and pace for an album that’s delicate yet solid. The title track is a clear standout: haunting, evocative, musically and emotionally deep – at once impenetrable and resonant, Degens’ voice drifting in a sonic haze, while the sparse and brooding ‘Eagle Turning’ succeeds in captivating the listener in spellbound silence for the entirety of its six-minute plus duration.There are tracks which could readily be described as straightforward folk-orientated singer-songwriter fare, although there’s often a slight twist, as on the slightly psychedelia-tinged ‘Elevation of a Dream’ that calls to mind the spirit, if not necessarily the sound, of Syd Barrett. ‘If I (Was)’ has a vintage quality, accentuated by its almost muffled production that stands out in the context of the crisp, clinical production values of so many contemporary albums mass produced. Production-line music this most certainly is not.Herein lies the real appeal of The Butterfly Ate The Pearl: it doesn’t sound ‘of its time’; it doesn’t sound overtly vintage or retro either, but is more out of time, or, indeed, timeless.” – CHRISTOPHER NOSNIBOR, PARAPHILIA MAGAZINE
“Andria Degens isn’t a name I’ve ever heard before but she’s the creative force behind musical project Pantaleimon. This album is going to be difficult for me to describe. It’s truly inspired and so above my head in places that I experienced a transcendent period of time while listening to it. The closest comparison I can come up with is this: Depeche Mode and a heavenly choir of angels. The Butterfly Ate The Pearl is equal parts minimalistic genius and complex, divine rhythms. The overall feeling I had when this was playing was wistfulness. That slightly sad, nostalgic feeling we all feel on occasion. While this is not the kind of music that I normally listen to I did enjoy my journey through this piece. In my experience, this is a unique album full of music that’s destined to thrill and mystify audiences everywhere.” – JIM DODGE, MASS MOVEMENT MAGAZINE
The others can be viewed on the Pantaleimon website here
Diffuser FM ~ Pantaleimon’s Top 5 Psych Folk Albums
Recently I was asked by Diffuser FM to choose my favourite 20th Century psych folk albums. I am no expert, but I do know what I love…. There are a lot of albums I could have chosen from, but i went with the ones that have been the most influential. Now, if only they’d asked me for my top 5 psych ROCK albums… that’d be a whole different story!
Tame Impala – Lonerism
Kadavar – Kadavar
La Düsseldorf – La Düsseldorf
The Black Angels – Indigo Meadow
Mozart – always lots of Mozart….
My heart and thoughts are with all those affected by the intense weather we’ve had both sides of the Atlantic; the floods, and the freeze.
Om Nama Shivaya