DUNKER MEDIA presents
INANNA, CHANGING THE WORLD ONE SONG AT A TIME
Inanna, LA-based activist singer of Italian origins, with her stunningly innovative eco-pop album “Acrotopia”, invites into a world which is recognizably our own, but where the struggles over the future of Nature and the Earth take on mythical proportions. With a pathbreaking concept, and a genre-bending sound, she crafts epic songs of beauty, tragedy and hope, simultaneously giving a voice to nature and speaking on behalf of humanity. Inanna, who takes her name from the ancient Sumerian goddess of love, harvest and justice, is here to change the world, one song at a time.
The one-of-a-kind environmentalist album, released in October 2021, opens with the catchy and mysterious “Change”, an explicit activist declaration on the necessity of a shift in how humans relate to Earth. The music video, with more than 200.000 views, features Inanna as an alien queen bringing knowledge on how to reconnect with the planet. “Acrotopia” continues with the enigmatic “Nefertiti XXI”, which calls forth a “female king, a cyber goddess, all clay and screens”, drawing on mythologies both ancient and contemporary, consonant with the musical mixture of old and futuristic sounds. The dramatic and dark rendering of our present times and the destruction of nature is accompanied by alluring evocations of a better future, visions of coexistence with nature, as in “Invisible City” and “Naturocentric”. The sense of mystery deepens in “Heal”, where ancient Middle Eastern rhythms create a ritualistic atmosphere, and in the stylish journey from the darkness of night to daylight and hope in “Twilight of the Dawn”. The sense of mystery and awe is even present in the most activist songs on the album, “On Fire”, about deforestation and global warming, and “Where We Belong”, a hymn to the Earth itself and the ground under our feet. Equally powerful is “The Machine” which addresses exploitation of animals in a powerful and emotionally captivating song.
The music video for “The Machine”, released on November 5th and co-directed with fellow animal-rights advocate Talita Trygsland, is an allegorical take on factory farms and our alienation from inner and outer nature. In a reference to Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times, where the helpless protagonist is pulled by a conveyor belt into an industrial mechanism, the video opens with Inanna entangled in an oversized gear, in a red dress spilling out over the floor around the merciless cogwheel. The black and white aesthetics, evocative of German Expressionist films like Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, continues in another segment where Inanna performs among burnt-out trees, a reference to the environmental losses that go with intensive agriculture around the world. Inanna’s hypnotic performance and the journey of the video culminates in a simple image of escape and redemption, a single animal rescued in Inanna’s hands, where color and life return along with the liberating air of the outdoors.
The album “Acrotopia” ends with “The Beauty of All Things”, which is the title of an irresistible and immersive song composed of Inanna’s layered vocals, a-cappella, inviting us to reverently receive the natural world as a gift and a responsibility.
Inanna tells us: “Acrotopia is not an escape from fearful dystopias into fantasies of an unattainable utopia, but rather a “higher place” which always lies waiting one step in the right direction”.
This album is a perfect overture to Inanna’s ongoing project: to musically combine ancient tradition and future imaginings, to draw nature into the center of culture and to combine emotionally charged music with activism.
Inanna has been advocating for environmentalism since the start of her new music trajectory, entirely dedicated to nature, animals and the future of planet Earth. Her growing fan-base includes both alternative music lovers and animalists, environmentalists, activists from all over the world.
Inanna says: “I firmly believe that all arts have an incredible capacity to drive change and create awareness, even about difficult issues such as climate change, deforestation and animal exploitation. That’s why right now I can’t dedicate my music to anything else but this. It is humanity’s most urgent problem to solve, and something that can unite us all. The Earth is our home, its biodiversity is so unique, and it is our duty to be stewards and protectors of all the wonders of this planet.”.
On November 18th, Inanna will be performing at a new Breaking Sound Session at Adults Only in Hollywood (information and tickets on Inanna’s website).
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Inanna. Singer, performer, Earth guardian.