Alnilam takes its name from the middle star in Orion’s Belt. The word Alnilam means “string of pearls,” an ancient, poetic metaphor for the three bright stars that make up the belt; an astral image that resonates with the unearthly quality of the band’s dreamy, atmospheric music.
Singer-songwriter Elena Pinto writes about love, loss, impermanence, memory and transformation. She grew up in Costa Rica surrounded by nature, books, and music. As a child Elena had the notion that someday she would write her own lyrics. Her path to song writing was a winding road through other art forms and several cities. In 2011, she moved to California and began writing the songs that would give rise to Alnilam.
Indigo Sky, Alnilam’s debut album, contains ten songs Elena wrote building upon Turkish composer Serhat Arslan ‘s instrumental pieces. Ranging from melancholic to uplifting, the songs have been attracting an organic base of passionate fans from all over the world, especially on Soundcloud, where two tracks, Alnilam and Wish, made the indie rock trending list.
Alnilam’s music veers between the post-rock richness of Explosions in the Sky and the magical ambient sense of Yann Tiersen and Beach House. It blends beautiful guitars, soft vocals, and an ethereal production, into a hard to define sound that has been called indie rock, dream pop, folk rock, and shoegaze. Elena’s lyrics are honest and open, yet somehow kept like a secret. Her unique voice brings to mind emotive female singers such as Marianne Faithfull, Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries.
Indigo Sky was recorded and produced in Los Angeles by Manuel Jimenez at Arimaka Studios, and mastered by Eric Boulanger at The Bakery. It features Elena Pinto on vocals, Serhat Arslan on guitars, Jorge Balbi Castellano on drums, and Ian Walker on bass. Composer Sandro Morales Santoro’s arrangements were performed by an impressive string quartet: Kathleen Sloan: first violin, Eric Boulanger: second violin, Andrew Duckles: viola, Evgeny Tonkha: violincello. The album also features Jordan Sommerlad’s back vocals on Rise and When it Comes to You.
Alnilam is a quiet treasure that softly radiates and glows, much like the star the band was named after. Inside their sound lies a haunting, enigmatic feeling…
Indigo Sky was released November 13, 2015. It is available on Amazon, Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Bandcamp, Rdio, Deezer, Tidal, YouTube Music, and Beats/MediaNet.
Alnilam – Wish
Alnilam – Lilac
Band location – Los Angeles California
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