5/01/2020

DELANILA’S debut album Overloaded out now!

DELANILA’S DEBUT ALBUM OVERLOADED OUT NOW
NEW PROJECT BY ACCLAIMED COMPOSER AND PERFORMER DANIELLE EVA SCHWOB
       
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"This album, wow. It really creates a world… That artistic ambition is rooted in Schwob’s experience as a composer…but this is her pop project and she brings all of that intense musical knowledge and experience to it. It’s just a huge record.”
“[‘It’s Been A While…’ is] a moody, retro-flavored mix of orchestral strings and distorted guitars, a slice of self-amplified cabin fever melodrama
“As DELANILA, Schwob creates experimental pop music with a heavy cinematic quality, blending her ear for a simple pop melody with the grandiose production and vision of her past as a composer for visual media and for concert music.”
DELANILA’s highly anticipated debut album, Overloaded, is out now on all streaming and download platforms; listen to and share the album HERE. Written by composer, performer and multimedia artist Danielle Eva Schwob and co-produced at London’s Abbey Road studio and in New York with three-time Grammy winner David Bottrill (Tool, Muse, Peter Gabriel), Overloaded is a reflection on the innate tension between humanity, technology and the strange connected-yet-disconnected lives we all live today.
Photo credit: Nolwen Cifuentes
 
Of the album, Schwob says, “Overloaded is a human album for the digital age, written during a time in my life when I was working from home alone a lot, feeling isolated and connected to the outside world through screens. At its heart, it’s a songwriter album grounded in my own experiences, but it’s also a reaction to the times we live in. It wasn’t written for this moment, but it could have been.”
DELANILA’s recent single, “It’s Been A While Since I Went Outside,” and accompanying self-shot “visual poem” documenting the empty streets of New York City in the throes of the COVID-19 lockdown has been praised by The New York Times, among others. The video can be viewed and shared HERE, with further details below.
Of the self-produced video, Schwob notes, “While I don’t claim to be a cinematographer or a colorist or really a serious filmmaker of any kind, I am a proud, longtime New Yorker whose sense of reality has been totally undermined by what’s happening in the city. I shot this one afternoon and evening on my iPhone XS, early on in the lockdown while out alone for a solo, socially distant walk. It felt utterly dystopian. I have found it really quite emotional to see this extraordinary place, which is always packed even at strange times in the morning, so deserted. It’s like a weird dream. One that never ends, and that for me has made the gravity of the global situation really hit home locally.”
The music video for “The Philosopher,” the previous single by DELANILA, recently debuted and can be streamed and shared HERE. The video premiered at Clash, who called the song a “crisp, seismic slice of pop-edged songwriting, but one that comes complete with a black, black heart.” Check out the premiere HERE.
Previously released tracks from Overloaded include “Time Slips Away” (view video/share HERE) and “Turning On the TV” (listen/share HERE). mxdwn calls the “Times Slips Away” video “a dramatically-choreographed clip that serves as the perfect vehicle to express the song’s theme of disconnection and isolation in our current digital age,” while Analogue praises the track as “a hypnotic, ghostly song whose musical mood matches the shadowy subject about which [Schwob] sings.” The video has also received numerous honors on the festival circuit, including the “Best Music Video” award at the Independent Shorts Awards and the Spotlight Film Awards, Semi-Finalist for “Best Music Video” at the Los Angeles Film Awards, Finalist for “Best Music Video” and “Best Cinematography” at the Indie X Festival, and “Best Music Video,” “Best Editing,” and “Best Cinematography” at the LA Shorts Awards.
Orchestrated and performed largely by Schwob on a wide range of instruments both acoustic and electric, the record also features contributions from Grammy-winning engineer Emily Lazar (Beck, Sia), programmer Pearse MacIntyre, drummer Aaron Steele (Portugal. The Man), bassists Reuben Cainer (Animus Rexx) and Jordan Brooks (Albert Hammond Jr), violinist Jennifer Choi (John Zorn), keyboardist Nick Semrad and guitarist Adam Agati (both of Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles), among others.
Born in London and now splitting her time between Los Angeles and New York, Schwob has garnered international acclaim for her concert music, alt-rock songs and film scores. She has been called a “notable cross-genre composer” by The New Yorker and a “worldly musical chameleon” by Time Out New York, while The New York Times has praised her “hard-edged pop songs” and Consequence of Sound has called her music “dark and beautiful.” Her work has been featured by Lincoln Center, National Sawdust, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!, Chamber Music America, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the MATA Festival and more, earning honors from The Aaron Copland Fund, New Music USA, The American Composers Forum, ASCAP, CMNY and BMI, among others. She was a Sundance Composers Lab Fellow, a Con Edison EtM Composer-in-Residence, an ACA Associate Artist in Residence and a MAP Fund Finalist.
Schwob has worked with artists including Jóhann Jóhannsson, Ben Folds, Tara Hugo & Philip Glass, Ido Zmishlany, The Pogues and David Simon, as well as on Darren Aronofsky’s mother!, Shakespeare in the Park, David Attenborough’s Conquest of the SkiesManhattan Night and Indignation. Her work has been performed and/or recorded by artists including the American Modern Ensemble, PUBLIQuartet, Janus Trio, pianist Vicky Chow and cellist Michael Nicolas.
OVERLOADED TRACKLIST
1. The Philosopher
2. I Get Bored
3. Never Enough
4. Turning on the TV
5. Interlude I: Signals
6. Fading On My Own
7. Time Slips Away
8. Interlude II: Overture
9. Overloaded
10. Always In My Head
11. Interlude III: People and Machines and the Space That’s In Between
12. It’s Been A While Since I Went Outside

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