Isolation – MonkeyRat
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 check it out on the player below.
Lyrics: Anna Iachino
Music: Anna Iachino & Arnold Ludvig
Producers: Anna Iachino & Arnold Ludvig
Mix: Louise Nipper
Master: Óli Poulsen