About the album.
Written & Composed & Performed by Elisa - Irini Vidalis aka CALMDOWN
Recorded partly by CALMDOWN (Home Studio)
Partly (Drums and Voice) recorded at Butterama Recording Studios by Daniel Netwig
Drummer Player: Jeremie Mortier
Harp Player: Cara Dawson
Saxophone Player: Yiorgos Parisis
Mixing by Felix - Florian Tödtloff
Mastered by Cem Oral / Jammin Masters
Artwork: Anestis Neiros @Astroneir Design
The whole album revolves around the color PINK. It's part of a trilogy named " PRISONERK" & this is the 3rd part. The trilogy is called Prisoner K. It's a play on words, with the word PINK hiding inside. Since the colour pink does not exist as light (or colour), but is simply created artificially in the brain, the entire trilogy revolves around this theme.
I got inspired one day years ago, when I found some sort-sighter glasses and I had the idea to replace the lenses with pink ones. I got so fascinated by the color and I did a research on it. To find out that: Pink color doesn’t exist. We literally fool our brain to see it. So I thought to myself that "Imagine if you can create such color as pink what else you can create!"
It has changed completely my perspective of how I see & experience life.
The song "PINK" that is the same as the title of the album was inspired one day, while I was laying on the bed and was listening to the album of Brian Eno - Textures and I felt like I am elevating in the room. That was the moment I knew what sound I want for my album.
The project ''PRISONER K'' was selected and funded twice. Water and light, two elements that are very present in the album.
"I wanted the sound of the album to be BRIGHT as the light, TRANSPARENT as water, EXPLOSIVE as the bursting of the sea waves against the rocks, and DEEP as the depth of the deep parts of the sea. As well every tiny sound, to sound like the living life under the bed-sea. If that makes any sense at all”
It evokes various feelings to the listener such as, feelings of happiness, a sense of magic, liberation, kind of a punch in the face, uneasiness, decisiveness and then a feeling of relaxation. The album includes instruments such as Orgel, Harp, waterphone, Crickets and Beats and sung in Greek and English lyrics.
''I wanted to create an album that every time I hear it I feel peace, gives me strength and hope, doesn't lie to me and encourages me. A Friend - Album. It's like ok, whatever!
Better will come you know! But do something if you want better! Work on yourself and most importantly start loving yourself! Give time! Be patient! Cry or laugh the shit out of you! Kind of nirvana! Stay alone with your fear. Give it time to bloom. Understand it & watch it disappear. Make fun of it! That's my perspective! It's all about Perspective! There is no easy way & not fast way either! We are there, where we choose to be. We create where we want to be. That's pink! “
I hope you like it! I am so proud of this album and I would be extremely happy If you it will find a place in your collection & keep you company when no one is around.
Elisa - Irini
CALMDOWN is a mixture of electronica, art pop, trip hop & classic. She is mainly a one-woman project, even though she also appears on stage with the support of different musicians & band, as well as choir. The Greek born music producer, singer – songwriter & video maker Elisa – Irini Vidalis aka CALMDOWN & her music has been in the underground scene for a while now.
Since 2012 she runs & produces everything independently. In 2018 she released her latest album ''CALMDOWN AIRLINES'' and she was nominated as best newcomer for the video of her song ''All is pretty in Berlin’'
Lately she collaborated with music producer and Trip Hop Pioneer Howie B (Björk, Brian Eno, U2, Tricky a.m), with him doing a remix for her latest single “Seasalt Symphony”. In 2021/2022 her Project ''PRISONER K'' was twice selected and funded and gave her the possibility to finish her third part of the Trilogy - her upcoming album "PINK"- that she is planning to drop out on the 23rd September 2023.
CALMDOWN was born around 2012.
THE ESCAPE ROOM OF ELISA – IRINI VIDALIS.