Eight years after her first self-released, critically-acclaimed Pianoscope ; an album imbued with both melancholy and light (The Telegraph UK), Alexandra Stréliski is thrilled to be unveiling her raw and sincere sophomore album titled INSCAPE, set to be released on October 5th via Secret City Records.
The first song and video, “Plus tôt”, premiered this morning with VOIR. Stréliski describes it as “a piece evoking the space-time in which we find ourselves before things happen to us. The calm we feel when we don’t know that some events are about to transform us. The beginning of the Inscape.” Edith Jorisch, the video’s director explains her personal creative process: the video is an exploration of man’s place in the universe, his relationship with his surroundings and with himself –the micro and the macro, what’s tangible and what’s intangible. What happens when everything blends together?
Recorded in Fall 2017 at Studio PM in Montreal, INSCAPE is the work of an artist unconcerned with conventions, whose approach of neoclassicism is resolutely current. Produced by Alexandra Stréliski herself and Maxime Navert (who also co-produced Pianoscope), the attempt was to fill a certain emotional emptiness, a creative urge that commits to taking the listener back to a form of lost sincerity. “A piano, on its own, is a very vulnerable thing, and I want to share this moment with the listener,” explains Alexandra.
“To me,” says Stréliski, “Inscape was an existential crisis. A year where everything capsized and I had to go through various interior landscapes – hectic, beautiful and painful at the same time. I found myself in a space filled with grey areas that I didn’t know how to escape.”
“Inscape” is a portmanteau combining the words “interior” and “landscape.” This philosophical concept has been associated with both visual art and psychoanalysis, and it becomes wonderfully musical in the hands of Stréliski.