Wild Anima is the wild soul, the raw state of nature sleeping inside all of us. The intimate part of our living essence. Vocal ambient electronic merging influences of trip hop, techno and ambient music with poetic lyrics that feed the soul, the anima. Focusing on sound and its effect on humans, inspired by the potential of performing and sharing with an audience through music Wild Anima is like an unconventional ethnological research. Investigating the multi dimensions of human feelings and emotions through performance and live electronic music.
Wild Anima is Alex Alexopoulos, Paris born adventurer she has developed her sound in between Bristol, UK where she moved at the age of 20 and her travels around Europe and Asia. In 2013 she joins the Berlin based female:pressure collective. She released two tapes on Blue Tapes Records, UK, Pulsating Attacks Recorded in Silence (Blue Seven: Kurosounds) as her former project Kurosounds and her first release as Wild Anima, Songs From Above (Blue Twenty-Two: Wild Anima). A meditative vocal ambient piece inspired by a trip to India where she discovered the Tibetan culture. The release performance took place at a Blue Tapes showcase at Café Oto in London on August 2016. Back in Paris she released her first self release Ep Esprit Sauvage in Novembre 2016 on her D.I.Y. record label Wild Fox Records. A spirit pop compilation exploring themes of human intimacy, dreams, inner strengths, unity and interconnectedness. She has toured in various venues in different cities in Europe including Paris, London, Berlin, Riga, Vienna and Athens. And more recently she has performed a few shows in the U.S. in collaboration with the Florida based Elestial Sound label in Septembre 2017.
Wild Anima c’est l’âme sauvage, la nature à l’état brut qui sommeille en tous. La partie intime de notre essence de vivre. Un project vocal ambient electronic mélangeant des influences de musiques trip hop, ambient ainsi que des inspirations de l'électro british des années 90/2000 de groupes tels que Boards of Canada, Plaid, Aphex Twin, Autechre ou Portishead. Le tout se mélange en océan de nappes vocales, chants de sirènes flirtant avec des paroles poétiques qui nourrissent l’âme, l’anima.
2017 - THE MIRROR single release on Wild Fox Records
2017 - AUDIOGRAPHS Ep on Wild Fox Records
2016 - BLUE TWENTY-TWO: WILD ANIMA cassette release on Blue Tapes
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2016 - ESPRIT SAUVAGE ep release on Wild Fox Records
"Music for babies is a collection of simple and innocent pieces that I have composed and recorded during winter and spring 2013 in Bristol and in the countryside of Devon, UK. I have used instruments such as the Mbira (thumb piano), a small version of a Kora (african harp), quiet vocals and sounds of nature representing the elements such as birds singing, water, fire, wind, wood and metal. The idea came to me after meeting a lady who was interested to use my music in animation while I was busking Mbira music by the Bristol harbourside. My feeling is that music for children nowadays is very under rated or old fashioned, and kids these days are bombarded with far to sexual imagery and aggressive sound. The intro song is a piece produced by Suro aka Charlie Morton, a beautiful bouquet of mbira loops to welcome the listener. The track "katzen" has originally been created on a programmable music box by Jenny Darwin. It is a project dedicated for both children and grown ups, a way to find again the baby inside ourselves, the innocent and judgement free state of mind."
Sitting somewhere between the madrigals of 16th century Italian composer Carlo Gesualdo, the decaying tape loops of 20th century minimalist William Basinski, and Enya, the music here is made up almost entirely of distant murky choirs. Side A was recorded on a farm in Devon back in 2013 before the project even had a name, deep under the spell of Tibetan culture and "feelings of compassion". The recording quality is muddy to almost alien degrees, as meditative repetitions of female voices seep into vast caverns of reverb. Keiji Haino’s short lived medieval music project, Nijiumu, springs to mind, if only for the sheer spiritual intensity of that vacant space. Side two’s side-long piece titled ‘Selene’ was recorded later, and integrates barely recognisable strings and echo-laden voices of Inuit shaman amid Alexopoulos’ epic vocals. The floaty amorphous soundscape strangely reminded me of The KLF’s trippy Chill Out - although perhaps swapping out Elvis Presley on a car radio for Pandit Pran Nath in a cave." - Tristan Bath, THE QUIETUS
It’s a gorgeous instrument, and, steeped in mystery, it drifts through forests, beckoning travelers to remote monasteries where the only sound heard in the hallowed halls is Alexopolous’s voice. High above the walls in a tower a light shines as a beacon, a light that never goes out. Only those in tune with the reverberations of the vocalizations on a deep, subconscious level can find the monastery. I found it. I’m glad I did. Like Enya on a Julianna Barwick trip, Wild Anima fills the air with magic, and soft light seems to permeate the woods even in the middle of the night. Did I say “gorgeous” yet? I’m about to – it’s gorgeous stuff. BLUE TWENTY-TWO is the kind of thing you can throw on at a séance, a wake, a Renaissance faire, or during a D&D session, and it would be the perfect accompaniment to the more enchanting moments of a fantasy film. I find myself visualizing all kinds of things while it plays (as if you couldn’t tell). I’ve got the original version, but the re-release comes with ten extra tracks, all remixes. It’s sort of odd hearing Alexopolous run through the remix ringer, but it’s decidedly not unpleasant … just different. And that’s OK. Come for the voice, stay for the reinterpretations. All good in the end. - Ryan Masteller, TINY MIXTAPES
"Alex Alexopoulos’ Wild Anima, a beguiling mix of ambient synths and gently patient grooves, falling somewhere between Lisa Gerrard’s solo work and Constance Demby." - Mathew Nihil, ORLANDO WEEKLY
"Shamans’ chants weaving together to soundtrack a dream sequence where you can imagine the flashing lights and seemingly endless tunnel of that Willy Wonka psychedelic boat ride scene, only less scary." - TABS OUT
"It’s a meditative, internally explorative work, and the further her voice spreads outward, the deeper Alexopolous seems to journey into herself." - ATTN MAGAZINE
"...this feels like monastic chant in the best way possible. Think The Name of The Rose meets The Wicker Man." - BANDCLOUD