Isolation – MonkeyRat


About Isolation

Isolation is no stranger to the Faroese people living 62 degrees north of nowhere isolated from the rest of the world. However, during the height of the global pandemic, the entire world experienced social isolation on a grand scale; cut off from family and friends. We all hunkered down, kept our distance from everyone protecting ourselves from infection. The lack of affection took a toll on everyone’s mental health and well being.

In the fall of 2020, Anna was alone in Iceland where she began studying for a Masters in Music with no possibility of interacting and making new friends. One night, out of unbearable loneliness, she tried to contact her husband and musical partner, Arnold Ludvig, composer and bassist of MonkeyRat in the Faroe Islands. Saddened by her inability to reach him, upon her return home from a park, words started overflowing her mind. Inspired, Anna quickly started jotting down all the words that kept pouring from her head and wrote this poem – Isolation. To this day, she is grateful and thanks her husband for being unreachable.

What started out as poem in Anna’s new artistic practice, Poetry w/ electronics, it took a surprising turn to the sound of psychedelic rock reminiscent of the 60’s and 70’s rock music era. The song performed live was recorded at Soundscape Studio in DK, by female award-winning sound engineer, Louise Nipper with MonkeyRat’s award-winning musicians, Alain Apaloo on guitar, Arnold Ludvig on bass, Jens Stoklund on drums and frontwoman, musical director, poet/lyricist, Anna Iachino on vocals. MonkeyRat delivered a pre-release live performance of Isolation at Copenhagen’s Winter Jazz Festival on February 26th, 2022 where the audience went wild rocking out to the chorus, What a Crazy World!

Released on the following formats:
Digitally on all major platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, etc.). You can listen with this link:


Isolation Music Video:

Out NOW!



“Unafraid to merge any of the collaborative arts with her words, Iachino’s poetry becomes all the more powerful.”
– Mike Jurkovic / ALL ABOUT JAZZ

”Anna Iachino is a musical genius and that probably wasn’t enough for her as she was studying to get a master’s degree in music and was not afraid to try this new bombastic 70s rock sound. Her beautiful alto vocals are reminiscent of singers like Annie Lenox and Bonnie Tyler but with a Rock twist on it that you will love.” 

“One of the best and most brilliant EPs of the decade!  Audacious, intelligent, and well done. We love creation, the idea is authenticity, for us, MonkeyRat came out of the same box and is a genius in the world of Rock that resurrects with this new release.” 
– Tati Teixeira / INDIE CLOCK

“This shift from intensity in the music to edgy and chillingly nostalgic Rock N Roll laden with Feeling and presence is almost as if you fused Rage Against The Machine, Black Sabbath, and Pekka Pohjola.  Extremely impressive what the guitar manages to emit, emotion along with Anna, what’s most impressive is that everything was improvised and not written, I really want to hear them live. Anna Iachino and the band are one genius.”

All reviews of “Isolation” can be found here:

Support for the “Isolation” video from the following grant organizations:
Mentanargrunnur Landsins
Torshavnar Kommuna
Sands Kommuna


Words & Music: Anna Iachino (2020)


Isolation forces beings become a whole as an entire One

Here’s a chance to get to know oneself, meet a stranger that happens to be u

I know, it’s hard, I once lived on a rock, in the middle of the ocean

Was forced to face myself, meet someone I hardly knew

´Twas the best and worst thing that ever happened to me

The knowledge of self was the gift and opportunity

Isolation – time to live as One, as One nation, Isolation to Humanation


Distractions are now hard to come by

Be a magnet to yourself in your mind’s eye

There’s so much gold in them there inner chills

Light the light inside your soul, be quiet, be still

No matter how small the man made structure in this juncture has reduced our flame

My flame was reduced to a gas stove’s pilot light

Uncharted territory, unmapped, unseen was such a fright

I know it can be so dark in isolation when u don’t know who u are

How can u love someone u don’t even know, so close and yet so far

But that’s the beauty of it, it’s all about getting to know one with love

As u finally are faced with four walls, let them burst the flames of your creation


Isolation to creation

No more indignation

No more mass incarceration

No more divided nations

Divide and conquer

Divide and con me and u and him and her

Indoctrination and separation


As they rule

Made us all out to be fools

Define and take your own space

Let no one and no thing interfere

There is only love and fear

As we face ourselves, face to face

Know that we are One, the human race

Forget the lines, the man made maps

Look at all the man-made crap

All them man-made facts

The generational gaps and man-made mishaps


Oil spills

As man kills everything in sight

Short sighted

Wars ignited

Set all aflame

Like Hitler’s and Nero’s man-made fires

The USA, all man-made empires

What a crazy world

Isolation – the only way out is within


Composers and Authors

Anna Iachino

(author, composer)


Anna Iachino

(vocals, programming)

Alain Apaloo


Arnold Ludvig

(bass, synth bass)


Anna Iachino


Arnold Ludvig


Óli Poulsen


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