... about Queen Alaska:
Composer, producer, vocalist and audiovisual artist Anneli Bentler uses analogue synthesizers, drum machines, vocal cuttings and her fine sense for harmonic structures to bring into being an eclectic landscape of sounds called: Queen Alaska.
Her electronic, spherical pop songs have their roots in classical music and score music, which she combines with modern productions, sound design and songwriting. Influences in a range from Steve Reich to Niki and the Dove bring to life accessible yet complex songs, fragile yet powerful, dreamy yet danceable. 808 tom fills, originally sounds from the techno culture, suddenly feel like pizzicato strings. The arrangement of the many synth layers generates the impact of a classical orchestra. In this way, Queen Alaskas music is art and pop at the same time.
The name Queen Alaska associates with the width, beauty and clarity of a magnificent, majestic landscape. Its bright colours and reflections of mountains in a deep lake convey the impression of inner peace and unwavering strength at the same time. The northern lights are a miracle that makes you feel closer to the universe than to earth. Queen Alaska sits enthroned above the everyday world and personifies these sensual associations.
Anneli Bentler creates the graphics and videos on her own, in order to translate the abstract world into a holistic, audiovisual concept.
... about UNDER MY SKIN:
UNDER MY SKIN is the first single from the EP called INTERLUDE OF THE INNER VOICE I/II, which will be released later in 2017. It contains six songs and is the first half of an album Anneli has written and produced during the last 18 months. This is the first step into the atmospheric, visually triggering and musically beautiful world of Queen Alaska.
The song is about the feeling of unfulfilled desire, that creeps right under your skin. It can feel like damp, intangible but noticeable, uncomfortable, possessive. But still, you don’t let go until the reach of fulfillment that might or might not come. This unknown-in-between state, full of urge, can drive you crazy. The lyrics express the need for clarity: yes or no, do it or leave it, the urge to move on in whatever direction:“go away or come closer just don’t stay in my imagination“.
Anneli was always possessed by this inner wanderlust, found herself as a kid at night with a strong imagination of things to come, staring at the moon, longing for another place, another world, for fulfillment. This state of mind that has to deal with imperfection but also with the utterly beautiful imagination of perfection, is her driving force for her creative output.
UNDER MY SKIN comes with a self-produced video that carries the viewers softly but strongly into the world of (non-)fulfillment.
Indie Shuffle „The repetitive synths and electronic beats drive a relentless and restless forward motion, building a sense of anxiety and desire for realized, physical attainment."
The Line Of Best Fit "Taking inspiration from minimalist, classical and techno works, composer, producer, vocalist, and audio visual artist Anneli Bentler is mixing modern production with intelligent songwriting to create intricate but accessible compositions.“
High on Clouds "Queen Alaska‘s ‘Under My Skin’ comes also with a self-produced video where you feel like dancing with the moon under hues of purples and greens. Watch it below."
We are going solo "fragile yet sophisticated and even danceable in some moments; a wonderful introduction to an artist that definitely promises to be different from the others“
We love that "Anneli Bentler ist eine Fricklerin und das meinen wir im positivsten Sinne. Mit analogen Synthesizern, Drum-Machines, Vocal-Cuttings und Sinn für Harmonie baut Anneli aka QUEEN ALASKA eine Welt aus Tönen und Melodien, die nur so vor Kreativität strotzen“