ANNA RELEASES HER DEBUT AMBIENT ELECTRONIC ALBUM INTENTIONS
inspired by a personal spiritual awakening
Intentions is an immersive journey to explore and expand into new states of consciousness and being.
Out now via Mercury KX/Universal Music Canada
Photo credit: Denis Boulze
19 MAY 2023 (TORONTO, ON) — Electronic producer & DJ ANNA today releases her debut ambient electronic album Intentions via Mercury KX/Universal Music Canada.
Intentions is the result of ANNA’s self-realisation journey – opening her mind and forever altering her creative process and worldly outlook in the process, which sees her trading in her tougher, club-driven production for sound healing frequencies and ambient sensibilities. A deeply immersive experience, the album comes with a special listening guide written by ANNA, inviting the listener to set an intention for each track, which has been ordered and equipped with its own specific purpose.
“I’m a conduit in the creation of this album. I observed its formation, how the right energies and inputs and people enriched it for greater texture and meaning. But – INTENTIONS has its own aura, its own will on how it wants to be expressed in the world. Including how you – yes, you – uniquely receive it” explains ANNA
While many latter-day ambient albums sustain a singular mood, ANNA’s electronic composition is rich with inviting possibilities. To be experienced as a journey for spiritual expansion Intentions is alive in freedom and unbound in the sensations each track could evoke.
Recorded at ANNA’s own Anaweh Studio, the album is a melodic and expansive soundscape merging with sound healing techniques and ANNA on flute & synth channeling her emotions. It also includes the recently released and spiritually minded atmospheric track "I See Miracles Everywhere" which blends her inimitable electronic music savoir-faire with sound healing and her collaboration with the electro-acoustic and contemporary classical giant East Forest, "Let You In".
Further collaborations with legendary ambient pioneer Laraaji also feature alongside remixes by London-based electronica and techno producer Max Cooper and Ivor Novello Award nominee and Grammy Award winner Jon Hopkins.
The album has already received strong tastemaker support with multiple radio plays on BBC Radio 1 (Benji B, Pete Tong), BBC Radio 6 (Mary Anne Hobbs), Smooth Chill and Sirius XM Chill.
“This album has been a beautiful demonstration of the law of least resistance. Of letting an idea or energy simply flow into being-ness. In the effortless flow and speed of music created; the divine timing of each name; the concept; the way each collaboration fell into place. No forcing, no struggle, no rules” ANNA
The artwork for Intentions was created with critically-acclaimed design studio Hingston Studio, led by Tom Hingston, known for his innovative visuals for Massive Attack, Nick Cave, Grace Jones and David Bowie. Through an intense creative collaborative process, ANNA and Tom Hingston worked together to create the visual identity of intricate and delicate 3D-renders of elements in nature to give a feeling of flow (watch the visualisers here).
With a deep love for music from an early age, starting DJing at the age of fourteen while stretching back to the nightclub her father owned in the countryside outside São Paulo, today’s success has been two decades in the making. ANNA was, and remains, every bit the sought-after techno superstar.
She counts more than 48 million streams across all her catalogue on Spotify only. She has previously performed at Movement Detroit, Tomorrowland, DC10 and Coachella, but also stepped up for BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix and played a live-streamed set for Cercle viewed more than 3.6 million times. With her first ambient electronic album, ANNA is proving again that her music creativity has no limits.
Intentions album listening guide, by ANNA
In this moment, take a pause. Yield to the stillness that anchors your mind. Only this.
An interlude that asks nothing of you except to sit and breathe. Rest here, in your own
Go within; the place where magic dwells. Let this invitation wrap you up in presence and
provide a space for insight.
Set an intention to… slow down, take a pause, go within.
Let it go. Let it be. Let it arrive. Just like it’s meant to. Release the need to try, and allow whatever comes to flow in. Receiving the totality of your experience, without controlling it. No trying. No resisting. Only openness. Maybe you will encounter bliss or find deep resolution. Other times, nothing at all. Simply surrender; everything belongs here. This song will hold the space for you to receive. Trust it.
Set an intention to...surrender to what is and welcome what appears.
IT’S ALL YOU
This is an offering for the universal power of Love. My intention is to channel the vibration of spirit through this collection of frequencies. God, energy, source, divinity; Oneness, whatever speaks to you. Every chord and loop echoing through the sky, the sea, the trees, your eyes. This song holds the frequency of connection, of remembrance, a portal that connects infinity with the self. You are everything. It’s all you. I hope you feel it. It is my deepest wish that this music helps you to remember the infinite love that you already are.
Set an intention to...lean into the vibration of spirit, to connect with that part of yourself that you share with the everything and everyone.
Life is in motion. But sometimes, stagnancy can stop us from being in flow. Let the frequencies in this track untether you from lower states; feel it washing away any heaviness that weighs you down. Head outside, look at the sky, feel the rain or wind on your skin. Place an intention in nature to let go of all that no longer serves you. Speak it internally or openly; your willingness to release any heaviness is enough. Let this music support your process.
Set an intention to...release all that no longer serves you.
I SEE MIRACLES EVERYWHERE
By channelling these sound frequencies, my intention is to translate felt states of elevated emotion, of gratitude, joy and a connection to the divine, and expand that same frequency inside of you. Miracles are all around us; in the giant golden ball that floats in the sky, in the wind that blows across the desert; in a woman’s body carrying new life. I hope this music finds equal resonance inside you, and connects you to the deepest knowing: I see miracles everywhere. Open your heart to what already exists. Let the alchemy of this sound help you see, feel and bear witness.
Set an intention to...open your eyes and heart to the miracles that exist within and beyond you.
I am forever inspired by the Inca principle of Ayni, which means “to be in right relationship” with self, with other, with the natural world around us. This track is a reminder: when we consciously seek to live in harmony and integrity, everything starts to align. To live in reciprocity with your heart, with your being, with your neighbours, you navigate the world lightly and peacefully, meeting its many ups and downs with grace. To be in your centre in this way, synchronicities rush in. Life carries you, even in the tough moments. You are held. Close your eyes and listen to the intention flowing through Ayni. Feel yourself being in a harmonious exchange with life.
Set an intention to...step into even greater affinity with self and other; life will flow.
LET YOU IN
What better excuse is there to celebrate, than to celebrate life itself? This track is a manifestation of joy, a call to dance across the landscape of your life, to acknowledge the events, experiences and relationships that nourish your soul. I love to celebrate everything, and music is a tool to go inward, to connect deeper to undiscovered parts of yourself. It is a vibrational gateway into a deep inner love that perhaps you didn’t know existed. Let love in. Let you in. Everything else will take care of itself.
Set an intention to… open up, let love in, and meet the infinite inside of you