several years I've been fascinated by the music of this tall,
dark, mysterious, sexy and absolutely wonderful woman! Her
much overseen debut album, Maya Albana, (1999)
is from my view among the five best Danish albums ever released,
and one of the most - if not the most - played albums
in my record collection.
rainy Saturday night, Maya Albana held a Release
Party to celebrate the release of her second album, God
Bless Education, which is officially released on Monday
22. March 2004. Invited were friends and colleagues within
the music business, and they soon filled the small venue at
Foley's in Lille Kannikestræde in Copenhagen.
A lot of celebrities were crowded in the small rooms. All
band members of Kashmir were present, as Maya's
boyfriend, Henrik Lindstrand and Kashmir's
drummer, Asger Techau, play in Maya's
2004 Spring Tour band. So do Anders Birch
(Love Julie) and singer Camille Jones.
One of the producers of Maya's first
album, Thomas Blackman, was also there. So was
Maria Køhnke (Kira & Co/Swan
Lee), Kaya, Louise Hart,
Maria Hecht (Sound Of Seduction),
Jonas Berg (Swan Lee), Johan Lei
Gellett (former Kira & Co/NU/Louise
Hart, Lars HUG), Felix (Rundfunk),
Lina Rafn (Infernal), Sara Bro,
Trine Dyhrholm, Maria Buras
... just to mention a few.
At app. 11 P.M. Maya and her backing band entered
the stage, which was actually merely a corner of the bar.
They gave a strong set of seven songs, - five of them off
the album, two were previously unreleased songs, maybe out-takes
from the GBE Recording Sessions? I was pleased to hear
that Maya gave much more rough, almost neo-punk
versions of the songs, compared to the recorded versions.
And that's the concept of live rock music! What a powerfull
performance it was!
I really hope for Maya that this new album will
have a far better fate than her first solo project! It depends
on the efforts made by her record company to promote this
brilliant product. I think that they already made a good job,
but the promotion has to continue.
I hope to see another single release from the album, followed
by a video at the same high level as the God Bless Education
video. It was made by Maya herself, as she is
at the moment studying at Den Danske Filmskole (director
of documentary films).
Maya also has an excellent website (- though rather slow to
downloade), which can be visited here.
01. Into You
02. 24 Hours
03. G.B.E. Interlude
04. Dead Starlet
05. Do Forget
06. God Bless Education
Maya Albana: vo. tamb
Anders Birk: g
Henrik Lindstrand: b
Camille Jones: g, add.vo, keyb
Asger Techau: dm
by Eric Klitgaard © 2004