– "The musical talent on display is impressive. Linah's piano work is a real highlight, but the other musicians add their own unique skills to the...Read Biography
"The musical talent on display is impressive. Linah's piano work is a real highlight, but the other musicians add their own unique skills to the mix.
(...) Given Linah has only been performing for the last decade, to produce an album of this consistent quality is remarkable. She is one to watch in 2017."
Adam Jenkins, Fatea Review
" Linah uses her voice as another instrument switching from a gentle, almost childlike, approach to full on banshee howl / yelp. This is reinforced by lyrical ideas that seem fragmented and often hard to decipher -reminiscent of the David Bowie approach he called “cut ups” - this ambiguity can sometimes be used as a mask, especially if the lyrics are of a personal nature."
Red Guitar Music
Linah Rocio is a singer-songwriter whose music - a fervid mix of jazz and indie, soul with hints of avant-pop - is passionate and powerful, intimating all manner of behind-scenes torment and drama. Showcased on her compelling new album Warrior Talk, it is beautifully arranged, with instruments ranging from electric guitar, piano and drums to banjo, trumpet, cello and double-bass. Each musician helped to shape the direction of the songs they performed on, adding to the free form nature of the recordings.
The songs on Warrior Talk are richly detailed yet loosely constructed, with a jazzy spontaneity to match the self-styled diminutive warrior’s appealingly careworn - now caressing, now clamouring - voice, capable of communicating sorrow and despair, ecstasy and desire. There is a hair-trigger quality to her singing and piano-playing, both likely to erupt at any moment, with abrupt changes of tack and pace. There is a rawness and intensity here suggestive of a wild, unpredictable and untrammelled talent, one who operates best with a free rein and over a wide range.
She titled her album Warrior Talk because “it’s like a conversation you had with yourself, where you went through something - like a war,” she explains. “An inner war.” The front cover shows a translucent picture of Linah’s head transposed over an image of the universe: she has travelled through (inner) space to bring you these meditations on emotional collapse and self-cancellation, death and rebirth.
Warrior Talk is an album of extremes, of dynamic melodies reflecting the violent vicissitudes of a life lived on the emotional edge. It’s an album, ultimately, about fighting - with others, with yourself - to assert control of your destiny. Linah’s triumph is to make the carnage accessible to all. She circles back to the matter of the album title. Before you go into battle you have to see what your surroundings are and prepare,” she declares, finally. “Warrior Talk is a talk between me and, well, everyone. Because everyone struggles.”
Release Date: 27th Januar 2017 (UK, CH)
Release concert: 27thJanuar 2017 at Royal, Baden (AG)
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