“Because I am worth it “
Alina Astrova is a tiny girl who likes to keep her distance. I saw her performing @Plastic People in Shoreditch last May, at the launch of her album ‘Because I Am Worth It‘, which she released by herself and not on any label, avoiding any patronising experiences.
Alina was born in Russia and lived in Estonia until the age of 17 when she moved to London to study art criticism at St Martins college. She became the vocalist of the duo Hype Williams (Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland) but she now performs solo under the name Copeland.
Tracklist / 01. Faith OG X 02. Advice To Young Girls feat. Actress 03. insult 2 injury 04. Serious 05. Fit 1 06. DILIGENCE 07. Inga 08. l'oreal
Alina uses minimal sounds derived from her environment. The use of lurching synths stuck on the same two notes, a continuous high-pitched buzzing and the noise of rain on a window or a toy drum (maybe) describe her sound as experimental electronic, far from the easy listening category and she rushes to make that clear by using a sustained bleep in the opening track called ‘Faith OG X’. She uses delayed drums to create a refracted club groove and she flirts with dub and hip hop but always with a bass producer’s perspective.
She talks about her heartbreaks, the power of the feminine presence and contradictions of personality. In Advice To Young Girls, she encourages young girls to sneak out during the night put on makeup and take the city. In “Inga,” Copeland sings “The significance in what we do… everything’s being judged in numbers/ Looked at,”
I found her word-like vocals cold, almost unemotional and I was wondering if that reflects to her personality, but she did smile when I told her that I liked her album.
Her imperfect vocals , the atmospheric loops, the familiar noises of the city , the sharp use of synths, made me really love this album. If you disagree, that’s only your problem (or your prerogative). Because she is worth it,,,