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Against the backdrop of a tumultuous childhood, her family having fled from Ukraine to the US to avoid the repercussions of her parents having refused KGB recruitment, Alina Simone began her musical career in earnest on the cusp of her teen years. As well as her own tentative material, her early recordings included a clutch of Madonna covers, and she distributed her homemade tapes DIY-style among her friends. Her sharply-titled debut album Placelessness arrived in 2007, quickly followed by last year’s Everyone Is Crying Out To Me, Beware, an homage to the works of Siberian punk poet and songwriter Yana Stanislavovna Dyagileva, who drowned in suspicious circumstances tragically early into her career, leaving a small but inspiring legacy of work.
The fire and passion that Alina has become renowned for is instantly evident on ‘Beautiful Machine’, an exciting preview of her upcoming third album Make Your Own Danger, due out early 2010. A simmering alt-rock number shot through with a streak of defiance, it’s driven by Alina’s rousing vocals that seem to cry out in a personal call to arms and should rally more than a few keen new listeners. Keep an eye out for Alina’s accompanying collection of humorous essays about Russia, family and the tragic-comic struggles of an aspiring indie-rock artist, also out next year. MP3 after the jump.
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