naïve

by Ramona Córdova

  • Record/Vinyl

    180 gram Deluxe Heavy Weight 12" Vinyl LP

    The Vinyl LP is priced at 33$ via bandcamp and 22$ via Hidden Harmony Recording's bigcartel page. Click the header or link on side for that.
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    The number 33 is an embodiment of pure love and light. [...] it has the profound responsibility of guiding others on their path to healing and enlightenment.

    --numerology.com

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    Pre-order of naïve. The moment the album is released you’ll get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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    releases June 10, 2021

      $11 USD  or more

     

1.
Mouth of Autumn
2.
Peace Through Violence
3.
Men On The Mountain
4.
Loving Him
5.
The Bridge Works
6.
Still
7.
Woke
8.
So Long
9.
Scared I'll Bite You
10.
The End

about

When I first started working on «Naïve» I was completely consumed by all of the technical details involved in making a 'professional studio recording' on my own - one which could not be refuted or disregarded as subpar. My only other hope was to tell some sort of story with whichever songs i could piece together. The content and message of which were much less important to me.

The story that «Naïve» ended up telling comes from a cohesion of themes, ceaseless in my personal experiences living day to day in the world. Although the album dares to tread on tact while speaking poetically and lyrically about issues such as systemic oppression, racism, misogyny, policing and patriarchy - I think the album really just wants to reflect - to serve as a reflection - in order to foster healing and healthy growth towards maturing. I feel it commanding a kind of firm kindness as a reminder to love yourself enough to accept others, by way of accepting yourself.

Pressed onto this 180-gram vinyl are 10 songs I wrote while living in many different places around the world. Spontaneous recordings of inspired notions of song, written one rainy evening up high above the vineyards in Banyuls-sur-Mer became «Men on the Mountain». A Scrap of paper holding jots about a sudden storm on a hot day in August while helping friends on their farm in Puglia became «Mouth of Autumn» and «Peace Through Violence». As I dressed myself into the fragile reality of the United States, I became flooded by its manipulative social governing systems. As the monuments of slave-owners, colonisers, and white supremacists came crashing down in the name of responsibility and accountability, The «Bridge Works» was built, a song about crossing bridges towards empathy and equality. Civil rights activist and American-Football quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, taking the knee during the United States national anthem pre-game ceremony, brought about «So Long». The incessant murdering of black, brown, and transgender citizens brought «Woke», «Scared I'll Bite You», and «The End». The murder of Eric Garner and the feeling of being choked-out and suffocated under the weight of systemic oppression brought about «Still».

From all of this birthed the collection of songs that is «Naïve», a title given to the album by French Ghanian artist Eden Tinto Collins. Although written both in Europe and the U.S., most of the songs were performed and recorded at the end of the year 2018 in Philadelphia, during the American-Holidays season. «Still», «Loving Him», and «The End» were written in Philadelphia, but produced in Vlorë, Albania. This helped serve as a reminder that the issues these songs speak of are not isolated to the United States of America. - Ramona Córdova

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releases June 10, 2021

The Digital Album is priced at 11$ for many reasons.
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The number 11 is a seer [...] Its motivation to bring things together combined with its ability to read others' feelings gives it an attentive, understanding, and supportive presence.

-numerology.com

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Recorded in Philadelphia, USA
December 2018 - January 2019

Additional Recordings made in Vlorë, Albania
September - October 2020

All songs written between 2014 - 2018 and performed, mixed, and produced by Ramona Córdova

Mastering Engineer - Matt Colton (Metropolis Labs / London, UK)

Cover Inner Sleeve Artwork - Eden Tinto Collins
Photography (Inner Sleeve) -- Ali Donohue
Cover design - Stassia Saromova, Ilja Tulit, Valentin Sitnyanski
Layout - Ilja Tulit

Vinyl Record Edition Released by Hidden Harmony Recordings (HH04)

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Ramona Córdova Albania

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Ramona Córdova intends to speak to the challenges of living under systems of oppression while inspiring introspection and personal growth toward the maturing of our societies.

From Haitian-Filipina and Puerto Rican parents, Ramona is inter-feminine trans non-binary and uses they / them pronouns primarily.
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