Alina Bea draws on dark and confessional subject matter for her debut EP, "Live Undone." In the wake of a cataclysmic life change resulting from the end of a five-year relationship and the dissolution of her beloved band Body Parts, "Live Undone" is an ...
Alina Bea draws on dark and confessional subject matter for her debut EP, "Live Undone." In the wake of a cataclysmic life change resulting from the end of a five-year relationship and the dissolution of her beloved band Body Parts, "Live Undone" is an exclamation of shocked loss and an empowered scream of defiance, with an adventurous electronic pop palette that calls to mind Kate Bush, St. Vincent and Empress Of.
Born into a family of artists in Venice, CA, Alina took to performance early on, particularly music and movement. She picked up the guitar at age 6, received a formal modern dance education, and later joined an all-female circus sideshow troupe (breathing fire, walking on broken glass, eating worms) while playing in countless bands. Most notably, this included a four-year stint co-fronting cerebral L.A. pop outfit Body Parts (Father/Daughter Records) as singer and guitarist. The band was widely lauded, with Buzzbands LA naming Body Parts' debut album "Fire Dream" the best album released by a Los Angeles artist in 2013.
But just as Body Parts began to transition from local favorite to national breakout band, the unthinkable became the inevitable, and the group broke up – just as Alina's longterm relationship with her boyfriend also unraveled.
Years later, following stints playing with a variety of indie and major label bands, Alina finally has a solo debut, the EP "Live Undone." The record draws on the vocal acrobatics of Kate Bush, the raw confessions of Joni Mitchell, and the sonic wanderings of Bjork and St. Vincent. As aurally expansive and daring as the lyrics are incisive and personal, Alina's songs, vocals, and guitar are bolstered by producer Mike Richardson's clattering electronic percussion and dense walls of synthesizers. Alina's confessional lyrics and confrontational vocal delivery are a series of emotional signposts along a surprisingly and fascinating sonic landscape.