Athena | Alchemy of Ashes

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Alchemy of Ashes

by Athena

Laid back, new-vintage, iridescent soulgrass tunes on this singer/songwriter's debut EP.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Execution
3:22 $0.99
2. Ashes Now
3:57 $0.99
3. Shake It Out
3:54 $0.99
4. Where (Do) We Begin
3:59 $0.99
5. Hunter
3:52 $0.99
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Album Notes
Former radio journalist and holistic healer Athena Desai returns to music in an odyssey of wandering and weaving with her debut record, "Alchemy of Ashes". Born in the States with a foot in two worlds (her father and mother immigrated to the Northeast in 1968 from India and the Philippines respectively), you can hear her unique synthesis of vintage soul and progressive Americana in the lyrics, structure and grooves of these five tracks.

Athena considers herself a writer first, and her writing reflects the integration of her greatest influences: the frank emotionality and compelling grooves of soul music, and the simplicity and accessibility of Americana and bluegrass music. And that distinctive style represents Athena's mission as an artist - to create from an authentic place that isn't restricted by traditional boundaries, and to illuminate all the colors of experience and emotion.

"This record came out of a fierce exploration of all of the textures, all the insane places we inhabit when we're no longer standing on predictability, on other people's expectations or approval - when we take the leap into creating life that's true, and bold, and seemingly impossible. I'm finally owning that my journey has a lot to do with surrendering the struggle, and getting into flow with divine guidance - with a purpose that's larger than me," says Athena.

Next up for the songwriter is the release of her psychedelic electronica EP “Drunk with Honey”, a collaboration with electronica mastermind Chris Mandra, an old friend from her time at National Public Radio, and world music innovator N’dinga Gaba, due out in spring 2018. Meanwhile, Athena plans to continue writing and collaborating with breakout artists like the Infamous Stringdusters (she has a writing credit on their most recent, Billboard-charting album "Laws of Gravity"). “It’s such a vulnerable space, but releasing this record helps me share with people how possible it is to travel from a fear of heights to totally soaring,” Athena says. “My story only counts if it lights a fire in the next unexpecting soul.”



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