May 20, 2022 - Groove Mag | The Allegorist - Charts Top 10
April 24, 2022 - Side-Line Mag | Click Interview with The Allegorist
"What have been the different stages you’d to go through to compose “Blind Emperor”? What have been the main difficulties and challenges you encountered?
The cover artwork was the first element that I have created in 2017, although I didn’t know who she was. At the beginning I could see the colors and feel the tension and silence of this world. Then I’ve started to see some objects, hearing some sounds, mainly atmospheric sounds. Throughout the years I’ve been eavesdropping and peering into the story deeper, writing the script in my head, making notes and developing the sound. I’ve started to smell the dirt, to hear and see the horses, the black carriage decorated with the black cormorants, the treasure they were carrying. I’ve seen the defeated protagonist who came back later as the Redwinged Phoenix and her growing army, the sweating and fierce Marching Crowds, and lastly the magicians, the War Priests on the top of the mountains, in the final battle."
April 8, 2022 - Delayed Magazine | Interview | The Allegorist an Artist Of The Moment
"Your compositions use a wide range of electronics - but we can also hear classical instruments as well as a wide use of choral and vocals. Who do you partner with for these parts?
"I haven’t partnered up with anyone musically, I have recorded, composed, arranged and mixed all my music myself. My productions are mainly electronic. Sometimes I like to add acoustic elements by sampling my acoustic instruments, like a guitar, violin or flute, even though I can’t play any instrument.
I also like to work with field recordings. I've been recording sounds if I’m on the way regularly for a lot of years now. My own sound library is growing nicely, so it’s becoming easier to add them into my workflow. Sometimes I also record sounds like a foley artist, using different materials and design them later on.
The vocal is an important element in my music as well. I put a lot of effort into developing the different characters and building the choirs solely by my own vocals, editing and layering the different recordings. There is always a lot of painstaking, time-consuming and complex sound design involved in my workflow."
April 1, 2022 - Vogue Italia | The Allegorist Interview about Blind Emperor and The Sacrifice
"Is there anyone you would dedicate "Blind Emperor" to?
Absolutely. I would like to dedicate Blind Emperor to everybody who are willing to take this journey and especially to those, who are wounded and are in need of healing, who are tired and are looking for hope, who are alone and need love, who are weakened and are in need of strength, who have lost meaning and are looking for light, who despite of all are doing their best, I send you my army of love and fire."
March 28, 2022 - Side-Line Mag | Blind Emperor album review
"This female artist sounds out of the box and that’s precisely what makes The Allegorist somewhat visionary."
March 15, 2022 - Blackseat Mafia | Blind Emperor album review
"The Verdict: The album Blind Emperor is Dark, foreboding… glorious. Imaginative soundscapes encompassing rumbling pads, soaring synths and low thudding beats take you on a journey of discovery. A work that fires up the imagination as the depths of its layers engulf the emotions and stir up the senses. The lush transitions of light and dark within the compositions take you through a wondrous experience of hope and despair, both immersive and powerful it was like witnessing strange unknown worlds implode and be reborn before your minds eye. An impressive and inspired work."
March 12, 2022 - MXDWN | Blind Emperor album review
"The title track, “Blind Emperor,” is a full eight minutes of cinematic bliss. The Allegorist chose to tie the rhythm of the drum and synths together for some parts of the song. This has the effect of creating a strong sense of movement underneath the ethereal vocal keyboard sounds. This song is the perfect marriage of techno and ambient music.
Following “Blind Emperor” is another intense track, “The Sacrifice.” Easily identifiable as a climax to the story-like structure of the album, this piece feels like characters are contending with their biggest battle. “The Sacrifice” is a cinematic soundscape that brings to life the narrative The Allegorist is telling through this album."
March 7, 2022 - Metal Magazine | Interview about the album Blind Emperor
“For one empire to rise, another must fall,” you say in the poem you present on the occasion of The Sacrifice release, written by yourself. Were you clear that this new album would come from the hand of other resources that would help the audience to immerse themselves in your artistic universe?
When I start to make a track or album I never know where the journey will bring me. To create an album always takes many years for me and I put together the pieces one by one, building the ideas and the concept slowly. I never decide on anything before and often let myself be guided by intuitions and feelings on the way. Although I really enjoy the freedom art is giving me, I also have to be patient and open to let the artwork be born in a way it wants to and become its own in a way. The poem for The Sacrifice came as the very last piece of the album. The album was all ready and I think it wanted to say, I was born and this is who I am: “For one empire to rise, another must fall. For us to reach the highs, through dark holes we must crawl. For the vision in the deep, we need, we sacrifice and bleed, to make the leap.”
March 2, 2022 - Groove Mag | Featuring the album Blind Emperor
"Anna Jordans zeit- und raumgreifendes Projekt The Allegorist taucht dann noch ein Stück tiefer in die Dunkelheit ein, erkundet eine postapokalyptische wie archaisch anmutende Landschaft aus düsteren Soundsplittern in maximalistischer Anhäufung. Die Mini-LP Blind Emperor (Awaken Chronicles, 25. Februar) der in Berlin lebenden Produzentin bedient sich ähnlicher Stilmittel wie Wolfgang Voigts GAS; durchlaufender Beat, Dichte, Schwere, Konzentration, Überlagerung und gegenseitige Durchdringung von Samples. Sie baut mit diesen Werkzeugen allerdings nicht den deutschen Wald nach, sondern ganz andere, außerweltliche Welten. Zudem sind die Sounds erzählend montiert, jeder Track für sich hat schon einen Spannungsbogen, ist für sich schon ein maximalistisches Mini-Epos das wiederum in der noch größeren Erzählung des Albums aufgeht. Auf alle, die in diese opaken Sounds eintauchen wollen, ihre Details näher ausleuchten wollen, wartet eine Welt."
March 2, 2022 - Beatburguer Magazin | Interview
I feel like speculative fiction kind of helps us to imagine a world that we can create or transform, do you feel it the same way? When and how did you realized about it?
"Sometimes I like to ask myself are we even capable of imagining worlds that don’t exist? What if those worlds actually exist and in our imagination we only remember past or future lives in other universes? We claim to know so much, when we actually don’t.
If we think about speculative fiction as an imagination of their creators I like to see it as a way of exercising thinking. There is so much potential and power in creative thinking and imagination, because of its ability of connecting seemingly unrelated, distant thoughts and ideas."
February 22, 2022 - Delayed Mag | Track Premiere 'Blind Emperor'
February 16, 2022 - Sound and Structure #19 | Artist Talk | The Allegorist & Blush Response
February 7, 2022 - Metal Magazine | Featuring the album 'Blind Emperor'
"A great work where she demonstrated her capacity for experimentation, her precision and maximum coherence, and a fusion of quality and symbolism rarely seen in the music industry."
February 7, 2022 - KEYI Magazine | Premiere of the track 'Redwinged Phoenix'
"In the track Redwinged Phoenix I’m telling the tale of a transformation, that can only come through the experience of hard battles. It is not easy to remember where we are going when we face hardship, but our red wings grow in the flames, forging us like a blacksmith and we can arise from the ashes once more. "
January 31, 2022 - Living Techno | Featuring the album 'Blind Emperor'
"Berlin-based artist, The Allegorist, has been meandering through stories with her purposeful and introspective take on electronic music. Each release explores themes that require joint participation from the listener as they look to flood your mind with images of fabled characters and places through her artistic soundscapes."
January 28, 2022 - ReGen Mag | Featuring the single 'The Sacrifice'
"As the lead single from the forthcoming Blind Emperor album, “The Sacrifice” presents an aural presentation about the challenges and responsibilities of life, that time when difficult decisions and priorities reveal undeniable truths about ourselves."
January 27, 2022 - Kaltblut Magazine | Premiere of the music video 'The Sacrifice'
" 'The Sacrifice' is based around a choir as it guides the listener through precarious soundscapes while strength is juxtaposed with vulnerability. The choir, made up of many voices, was carefully designed from the artist’s voice, singing in The Allegorist’s self-intended language called ‘Mondoneoh’. Its drawn-out and somber pads divulge into cocooning yet vigorous fidelity. The music video, created by visual artist Pawel Mielnik and directed by The Allegorist, depicts treacherous, portentous valleys; however, their hazardous nature leads to a shrine in the form of a captivating head within a mountain. The emotion captured in its liquid eyes is enthralling."
January 27, 2022 - Four Four | Blind Emperor Album Feature
Januray, 2022 - FAZE Mag | January issue | print | Blind Emperor album review
December 29, 2021 - Redefine Mag | The cover artwork of the album 'Hybrid Dimension II.' is Album Covers of The Year 2021 in the category 'Sculpture & Object'
"The cover depicts the main protagonist on both Hybrid Dimension series, in different times. All cover artworks I’ve designed myself, using the moniker Anna Jordan Project. I’ve created the head ornament in 2016 from artificial flowers, wooden sticks, cardboard and a hair band"
November 11, 2021 - Abaddon | Premiere of the single 'Moving Forward'
November 11, 2021 -Nagamag | Review of the single 'Moving Forward' by The Allegorist
„Moving Forward“, is fervorous with a sense of impending chaos. It has beguiling builds with an added punch while staying in line with the riveting sound design. The energy created within it has the listener in liberation but with a focused sense of direction."
September 9, 2021 - Beatburguer Video Premiere | Dark Forces Rework by Robot Koch
"Robot Koch rework of the track Dark Forces (originally taken from the album Hybrid Dimension II. by The Allegorist) is a deep and cinematic journey, with masterful transitions between subtle, sophisticated orchestral passages and intense build-ups, rich in sound design."
May 30, 2021 - Blog Synthesizerwriter by Martin Russ | Hybrid Dimension II. album review
"I always look forward to releases by The Allegorist, and Anna's third album 'Hybrid Dimension II' continues the 'slow building' style of her previous releases, but this time the production value in the sophisticated mix of ambient, classical and electronica has jumped up several notches. This is all the more remarkable because when I first heard her work at an Ableton Loop in Berlin a few years ago, it was already stand-out, drop-dead, slack-jaw perfection. You could kind of tell it was exceptionally good, because Mandy Parnell simply didn't know what to say for several minutes after hearing it."
May 24, 2021 - Zoom Interview | In My House Techno Music Show
May 20, 2021 - Groove Magazine | Motherboard Mai | Hybrid Dimension II. album review
"Anna Jordan, Ungarin, die seit zehn Jahren in Berlin lebt, hat den cyber-internationalen mensch-maschinell dunklen Club/Not-Club/Post-Club-Sound der Stadt verinnerlicht wie kaum jemand anders."
May 11, 2021 - 15Questions Interview on Life & Death
"In my art I like to play with contrasts as I believe opposite elements cannot exist without the other and so they complement and compensate each other. There is no light without darkness, no improvement without error, no sunrise without sunset and no life without death. I believe these cycles of positive and negative energies stimulate and fuel themselves into existence. And so I understand existence as an interaction of different polarities and everything between them into a balanced state."
I see life and death, ancient and modern, fire and ice as equal elements, without attaching a quality to them. I think everything is neutral until they are put into a certain context and find their attribute and meaning through that lens, story or layers of stories. This is how I see the different elements in my art and musical expressions. Each sound only means something and can be understood and judged in the context of the full track and each track only means something as part of my whole artistic vision."
May 10, 2021 - METAL Magazine | The Allegorist | Hybrid Dimension II. feature
"Creatives like The Allegorist move beyond mere statements as a result of a primal impulse loaded with symbolism and spirituality. Just look at the singles titles on her new album, Hybrid Dimension II, the second part of the journey she embarked on 3 years ago mixing downtempo electronics with environmental and spatial inspiration. Dark Forces, Shiny Material or New Beginning are just a few examples of the importance that the artist, who is also a music producer, sound designer and painter, attaches to emotion and the description of the ecosystems where her musical and visual narrative takes place."
May 3, 2021 - FAZE Mag | Mai issue | digital and print | Hybrid Dimension II. album review | The Allegorist 10 Charts
April 22, 2021 - Various Small Flames | Hybrid Dimension II. album review
"Latest album Hybrid Dimensions II is no exception. The second instalment of a series started in 2018 with Hybrid Dimensions I, the record pulls the reader into a carefully built world that straddles sci-fi and fantasy, feeding off of the past/future dualism that sits at the heart of The Allegorist aesthetic. Jordan provides a storybook to provide proper context, but essentially the songs see a protagonist travel great distances and confront great dangers, its mythic connotations allowing the exploration of themes of solace, redemption and loss. All realised through a blended sound that incorporates classical, electronic and ambient styles.
Single ‘Dark Forces’ indicates how such an ambitious project might sound. Emerging from a flat, shadowed void, the song gradually comes to life in all of its scope and space. But from within the track’s vacant expanses, something large and ominous shifts out of view. Something that approaches gradually, creeping ever closer as the song unfurls, eventually revealing itself in its surreal, sublime form."
May 5, 2021 - Living Techno | Hybrid Dimension II. | Feature
May 3, 2021 - The Brvtalist | Unlimited Dedication track premiere from the album Hybrid Dimension II.
April 28, 2021 - Nova Future | Hybrid Dimension II. | Feature
April 22, 2021 - Cold Experiment | Hybrid Dimension II. | Feature
April 25, 2021 - Transistora | Hybrid Dimension II. | Feature
April 19, 2021 - FBL Magazine | Dark Forces and Hybrid Dimension II. | Feature
April 9, 2021 - THE CLUBMAP | Hybrid Dimension II. | Feature
April 16, 2021 - INTERVIEW for THE VELOCITY MAGAZINE by Jeff Mills | Issue Two | Interview by Carola Stoiber | Pages 90-93
"My relationship with vocals: I really like to use vocals in my tracks, because my voice as a sound source is unique to me and truly mine. I believe the vibrations of my voice carry not only sound but my memories, life experiences and are snapshots from my deeply personal diary. In a way it’s an almost physical thread that leads to me and manifests my intellectual person in a tangible form, like a sculpture.
I’ve never had the ambition to improve my singing technic in a traditional way, as my intentions are to express something specifically. For me to make the most out of my voice doesn’t mean to perfect its sound to a norm but to utilise it on a wider spectrum and to alter it the closest I can, to my authentic self or to my characters I would like to give a voice."
April 9, 2021 CDM - DARK FORCES Video Premiere and article by Peter Kirn
Dark Forces by The Allegorist plunges us into a gorgeously surreal, shamanistic future. It’s the ultimate neo-futuristic concept album, complete with invented language for the lyrics (“Mondoneoh”) and a protaganist known as Dragon Rider. But the music is exquisitely composed 21st-century cinematic electronics. Anna Jordan’s The Allegorist has produced a fanciful opus for total immersion."
"And there’s the music – endlessly cinematic, cool and reserved but with a confident forward drive, pulsing like a cybernetic city. It’s a different synthesis than the cyberpunk narrative we’ve seen of late – instead of faux Japanese dystopia, you get a utopian fusion of paganism and machine beats, but where the two naturally blur together. The full album drops at the start of May – which is good, because putting it in words might make you think of pastiche and some 1990s musical disaster, but it’s not. It’s more Tron meets goddess, easy-going technopaganism native in the Europe of decades to come, past our current mess of muddled governance and rubber-stamped faxes, into something sleek, shiny, but caring."
February 26, 2021 - Erica Synths | Interview with Erica Synths' Eliza Aboltina
"Anna Jordan - better known as The Allegorist is a musical storyteller creating auditive visions. Known best for her full length album Hybrid Dimension I 2021 promises to be a year full of vivid releases and a new era in the artist's catalogue."
"At one point being a music producer actually helped me a lot to develop a resilience against sexism also on a personal level. As a music producer, which is associated with something ''cool'', I was able to become a person of whom traditional expectations didn’t apply the same way anymore."
July 17, 2019 - Phace Magazine | Interview
"In my opinion, the message is equal with the artwork itself. Just as there is no such a thing, like being physically healthy without being mentally healthy as well either. We can see problems rooted in separations in our society everywhere. I personally try to pursue a holistic worldview and think it’s a hypocritical attitude to deny that one thing is not connected to another."
July 16, 2019 - 15Questions Magazine | Interview
"Sometimes to let go of your own version of an idea needs more strength than to push it into a meaningless perfection. I feel very vulnerable then, but even if I see myself as the creator I’m actually also the soldier."
"For the future, I hope that artists aren’t ridiculously glorified or invisible and that music will represent a wider range of ideas by a more diverse group of creators."
July 10, 2019 - New Noise Magazine | "Humandroid Lovers" Video Premiere
"The audiovisual album Hybrid Dimension I tells an exact, imaginative tale, but there is also a deeper meaning laying underneath each story,” The Allegorist says. “The individual stories are connecting to each other creating more layers and multiplying the dimensions."
March 30, 2019 - Igloo Magazine | "Falling Astronaut" Video Premiere
"Hybrid Dimension I by The Allegorist (Detroit Underground, 2018) comes with 10 tracks, a storybook, a full visual experience, and a video to each track and cover art. “Falling Astronaut“ (video premiere featured at Igloo Magazine) is described by the artist as: “The protagonist became one of the Falling Astronauts who were floating selfless in complete silence in the dark space. Before getting swept into the deadly stream, where there was no way back she held her ground and refused to give up.” Definitely an “intergalactic journey with dreamy visions through time and space.”
"Anna Jordan is a trans-disciplinary artist based in Berlin, who focuses her work in the digital electronic realm as a painter, video artist and electronic musician. Her auditive work is released under her moniker, The Allegorist, for which she has 2 albums out now, and she says her format mixes all styles and genres and sets no limitations. Her most recent album was released in 2018, on Detroit Underground, is called Hybrid Dimension I-- a full length audio visual masterpiece that features music videos Anna created for each track on the album. One is currently screening at international film festivals, entitled Humandroid Lovers."
"End of 2018 I reached a step, where I was ready for new input. So the residency in January started in the perfect moment for me and I was looking forward for the new challenges. On Peter Kirn’s smaller event series in 2017 I heard Robert Lippok playing and talking about his set in Maze and I was greatly inspired by that. I had never thought that a year later the possibility would come up to apply for a residency with his mentorship. Also Raster is one of my favorite labels of all time and I was blown away that he had chosen me as a mentee."
"Auf den zehn Stücken des neuen Albums wird diese utopische Storyline teilweise durch kinematografischer Dramatik und fast schon erdrückend distanziertem Pathos („Exotic Expeditions“, „Humandroid Lovers“), dann wieder mit balladesken Eindrücken („Falling Astronaut“, „Foggy Mountains“) verarbeitet. Ihre Stimme bringt Jordan dabei glücklicherweise deutlich öfter ein als in der Vergangenheit. Diese schwebt schleierhaft über den Klängen, bleibt oft unscheinbar im Hintergrund („Asteroid Temples“) und schafft es doch, ein Gefühl der innigen Nähe zu vermitteln. Ein Soundtrack, um zurück in die Zukunft zu reisen!"
August 14, 2018 - Album review | Hybrid Dimension II. | by HiKo
June 26, 2017 - Native Instruments | Interview
"I learned almost everything online, by watching tutorials on YouTube, and through practice. I felt too shy to go to meetups, because I didn’t know anything back then. Luckily, I love to learn, and when I set my mind to something, I keep going at it until I succeed."
August 15, 2016 - Bucketlist Music Reviews | Botanical Utopia | Album Review
"The Allegorist’s debut album Botanical Utopia, released on the Kraak record label on June 27, 2016, is unusual for electronic dance music. It’s not the album’s deep, downtempo house beats that sets the Allegorist apart from other artists in the genre. There are plenty of chilled-out house music producers. It’s the haunting and, well, unintelligible singing that’s so memorable about Botanical Utopia.
Either way, it is a creative approach to music making, and Botanical Utopia is one of the more cutting edge albums I’ve heard this year. The singing sounds like rhythmic tribal chanting, which the artist explains is meant to “connect all nations and honour all our ancestors.” It can be repetitive, but dance music is usually repetitive, loopy, and rarely as avant-garde, as it is here.
“Floating Mantra” opens the album with a catchy synth-pop beat and chanting. One of the deepest and grooviest cuts on Botanical Utopia is “Aurora Borealis,” a dark and brooding string-heavy track with a hypnotic, subtle house beat. When the Mondoneoh chanting emerges, the track becomes pure cinematic house music. “Alaskan Malamute” begins with a terrifyingly cold arctic wind blowing over more of the dramatic strings and a downtempo breakbeat. The beat slowly transforms into a pounding, spine-tingling electro banger.
There’re a few deep and dark house songs like “Ragged Traveler,” but the most interesting track here is the album’s final cut “Desert Walks,” an experimental ambient opus that sounds like something from a David Lynch soundtrack. The Allegorist’s more dance-oriented tracks are a catchy version of nu-disco, but I prefer the experimental stuff, with minimal house beats, so the listener can kick back and blast off on a mental journey to another planet.
Botanical Utopia is too dramatic a for daily listening, and too experimental for most nightclubs, but after a few listens it started to grow on me. These sounds would fit well into a sci-fi movie soundtrack, and would also suit Montreal’s Mutek electronic music festival. In fact, the Allegorist reminds me of one of the avant-garde performers at this year’s Mutek: Aïsha Devi. The production on Botanical Utopia is quite impressive for a debut album, and I’m interested to hear more of the Allegorist and the “majestic” Mondoneoh language."
Written by Rob Coles
*edited by Danielle Kenedy