Ana.n7n: Doing heavy music in Arabic vocals…..

Ana. n7n - Sonnaa Al Dayaa

Jeddah is a city on the Red Sea in western Saudi Arabia. It started as a fishing village approx. 500 BC, and grew in importance after Caliph Uthman ibn Affan made it a port for pilgrims to Mecca. In addition the band Ana.n7n is from Jeddah!

Aana.n7n must be said to be a special band name, and when it comes to a Saudi Arabian band, I’m very excited about what they have to offer! They actually offers a melodic progressive rock/metal and they is passionate about three things: writing stories, making music, and creating visual art. They are only one of a few bands from their country doing heavy music in Arabic vocals.

«There isn’t a lot of music in our genre that converses with the listener using vernacular language and we truly wanted to showcase this in our stories, music, and visuals», adds the band.

Now the band presents their fourth single Sonnaa Al Dayaa (translated to English Those Who Corrup), to follow their three previously released tracks Youm Bedon Shams, Al-Awwal and Esh Sawet.

All will be featured on the band’s yet to be titled debut album to be released later this year from Saudi Arabian based label Wall Of Sound Records.

«We genuinely think it’ll be received positively by most local listeners and worldwide, be it they’re into the type of music we make or not. This album is unique in the way it is presented and we feel like it could set a standard for other acts to follow».

I suppose this is Saudi Arabian language, and that Permafrost readers don`t understand a word?

لون عيونهم يبان لك أول ما تشوف مين خلف الشاشات وبدون أي قناع

لو حاولت إنه تقول أي شي حتلاقي هجوم من آلاف الأتباع لصناع الضياع

ألين ما تغمض عين وتنحني

صناع حياة أوهام و ف يوم راح تنتهي

الباب الأول,, في رواية جنون

بس أنا وانتَ,,مجرد سطور

بحروف أنكوينا

نقاطها وشوم

في النهاية أنمحينا

وبدون أي مردود

في يوم حاولت إني أشوف من خلف الحيطان

إلين لقيت الطريق لإعجاب كل الناس واتحول إدمان

صناعة أوهام

ألين ما تغمض عين وتنحني

صناع حياة أوهام و ف يوم ح تنتهي

الباب الأول,, في رواية جنون

بس أنا وانتَ,,مجرد سطور

بحروف أنكوينا

نقاطها وشوم

في النهاية أنمحينا

وبدون أي مردود

ليش, أحياناً ننسى

إنه الواقع مو شاشات

اللي في يدك محتوى لصناع

وليش, أحيانا تقسى

على نفسك لما تغيب

وتروح لعالم ثاني بدون ضياع

الفصل الأول,, في مسرحية غرور

بس أنا وانت,,أواخر الحضور

بأدائهم نسينا

أن الواقع له حدود

على خطاهم مشينا

The planned debut full length will be a concept record that will tell one story about how social media affect us along with the people around us. Each track will be a chapter / themes covering topics such as the double life of a social media influencer, the effects of social media on self-esteem, cyber-bullying, etc. The band is aiming to take the listener through an engaging journey of ups and downs. They want people to be keener to the experience of listening to one coherent narrative of music, and they hope they manage to achieve that with this album.

«The themes of the songs affect the sound textures we choose, this is best exemplified in songs like Youm Bedon Shams (Galactic And dark), Al Awwal (Anxious And competitive), and the yet-to-be-released Al Rakhees (Dirty And Deceiving)».

All the songs on the full length are meant to be viewed with accompanying artwork on Instagram and YouTube for the full audio and visual experience. It will also be sung entirely in Arabic and be an album that is percussive, heavy on the bass, with synth providing a melodic and dark background to it, along with Middle Eastern melodies.

Post-Covid, Aana.n7n is very much looking forward to hitting the stage and incorporating their visual art with their live performances.

The mysterious music project Ana.n7n describes itself as a collection of musicians and storytellers, fusing Arabic with a multi-layered approach to music composition, from nu-metal to prog rock. The end result is an impactful, yet playful, jam in Esh Saweet’(what did I do)” – Switched Mag.

About Ulf Backstrøm (7437 Articles)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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