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."
"I felt like my life was so meaningless without art and in the end it wasn’t even worth to give the arts up, because a more common path wasn’t working out for me either."
"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 "15 questions" - 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."
"What were your expectations when you applied for Amplify? Would you say these expectations were met?
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.
When I applied for the residency I never played live ever, so I was looking forward to jump over my shadow. In the meantime I played 2 shows, but still I’m almost having no experience at all and was looking forward for learn more about it.
"Der Allegorist ist eigentlich Autodidaktin. Die aus Ungarn stammende Anna Jordan versteht sich nämlich als transdisziplinäre Künstlerin ohne akademische Eingrenzungen. Neben der Malerei und ihrer Arbeit mit anderen visuellen Medien hat es ihr aber vor allem die Musik angetan. Unter ihrem Nom de Guerre The Allegorist produziert sie experimentell angehauchten Techno, was uns dieser Tage die Veröffentlichung ihres zweiten Soloalbums Hybrid Dimension I auf Detroit Underground beschert. Und Jordan befindet sich damit offenbar auf intergalaktischer Mission. Jedenfalls lädt sie ihr Publikum dazu ein, sie auf einer solchen, wenn auch gedanklich stattfindenden Reise, zu begleiten. „The Allegorist is happy to inspire the soul warriors. Because there is a better future! This future cannot be reached without a change and this has to begin in our minds.“
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 Review of Hybrid Dimension I. by HiKo
"Le collectif fondé en 1997 Detroit Undergroundnous présente le mystérieux Hybrid Dimension I., recueil de 10 productions électroniques aux atmosphères immersives et organiques, combinant sonorités ambient, bass music, techno, minimal, glitch et abstract.
Second opus de l'artiste basée à Berlin, Anna Jordan alias The Allegorist, le disque est une invitation à l'introspection et à l'exploration d'univers fictionnels ponctués d'orchestrations raffinées et de touches world inspirées. Il fait référence à un tas de genres musicaux, allant de la deep house à la folk, en passant par le nu disco et le chill out...
Un petit bijou aux délicats reflets pop sort du lot, il s'agit de la touchante "Falling Astronaut", sublime chanson à la mélodie troublante et magique, interprétée d'une voix douce et fragile, sur une instrumentation down-tempo hybride et hypnotique... Coup de cœur!"
ANNA JORDAN: SCULPTING SOUND AND DESIGN
"Berlin-based sound designer, music producer, and painter Anna Jordan released her debut LP Botanical Utopia in 2016, a body of music that resonates with deeply textural, downtempo electronica and house. Using KOMPLETE 11 ULTIMATE, Jordan recorded the album under her production alias The Allegorist and released the LP on Kraak Records. As a sound designer, Jordan also produces scores for short movies, and works in various post-production roles. Talking to Native Instruments, Jordan reflects on her time growing up in Hungary, her development as a visual and musical artist, the hurdles she overcame, and her approach to the creative process.
Which came first, painting or music?
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.
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August 15, 2016 Bucketlist Music Reviews
"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.
According to the artist, the vocals are in the “fictional majestic Mondoneoh language.” My curiosity aroused, I researched this mysterious Mondoneoh, but found nothing. I’m therefore assuming the Allegorist invented the language for the album, or appropriated it from some obscure source not easily Googled.
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