Over the course of 3 years, Enio's most personal record to date was written and recorded. This synth electro pop album of 18 tracks(!) is inspired by Enio's overwhelming bouts of panic surrounding life and death and the eternity of the cosmos. Instead of becoming paralyzed by his anxiety and growing panic, he put that energy into creating something, a way to breathe life into them and face them head on. “A funny thing happens when you suddenly achieve everything you had initially set out to accomplish—a master’s degree, a steady job, love, marriage, a house, beautiful dogs—you begin to feel overwhelmed with the feeling of ‘what’s next?’ and ‘what if this all disappears?’ This album was my way of trying to understand those feelings.”
The album is compiled of entirely brand new material, something that Enio had once thought impossible: "I used to be a really prolific writer averaging about 2 or 3 songs a week, but life and marriage and family restricts the time you can have to focus on yourself and your music, so writing songs these days has been kind of difficult. I rarely get the time to sit down and write. So, when I set out to make this album, at the end of it, I was completely surprised with myself that I managed to write all new material and not have to dip into my back catalogue."
That's not to say he didn't have some help. Longtime co-conspirator Billy Merrell lent his poetic talents on two tracks: "Relief" and "Proof". The former being a track he wrote lyrics for, whereas "Proof" he actually wrote the melody and lyrics. "'Proof' was an acapella track that Billy sent me one evening a few years ago. I transcribed the song as he sang it and played all the flowy synth tracks over top and it was born. The track itself is the album closer and signifies the hope for the future and the desire for a peaceful calm. I didn't write it myself, but have a profound connection to it."
In addition to help from Billy Merrell, Enio also chose to cover an obscure 80s Madonna song, "The Look of Love" from the Who's That Girl soundtrack. "The cover was an odd choice, I'll admit, but I kept it on the record because if you listen to the lyrics overlaid with the dark and brooding music, you'll hear that sense of panic and anxiety that one can feel from letting go and allowing themselves to love someone. I really liked the shift in perspective of the traditional love song that the track brings, which is why I think it fits nicely on the record."
Oh, and did we mention that Enio is not charging any money for the album? “The album is a free download. I’m giving it to everyone for free. I’ve realized that money is an obstacle for many, and I would rather people listen to what I want to share with them, then having them blocked by these obstacles. I would rather have, in an industry that’s already so saturated, a connection to people through my music—and if that means I have to give them my album for free, well, I’m ok with that. I want them to have it, and I don’t need the money enough for them to pay for it.” So, go download the album now! It won’t cost you a thing, and you’ll be glad you did.
released 28 October 2014
All songs written, performed and produced by: Enio Chiola
"Relief" lyrics by Billy Merrell, music by Enio Chiola
"Proof" music and lyrics by Billy Merrell, add'l music by Enio Chiola
"The Look of Love" music and lyrics by Madonna and Patrick Leonard