Nera, the singer of the Polish metal band DARZAMAT, released her debut solo album, "Foresting Wounds", under the name NERANATURE on May 9 in Europe via Metal Mind Productions. The CD will be made available on July 12 in the U.S. through MVD.
A video for the track "Precious Now", which was shot and edited by a young artist going by the pseudonym Stanley McNoly, can be viewed below.
Commented Nera: "Actually we chose the song 'Precious Now' months ago, since it's one of my favorite tracks on the album. The script was being shaped in my head week after week, though shooting the video took us only a couple of days. On the literal level, it's about running away from the city to slow down the pace, gather one's thoughts, to spend some time in solitude. The lyrics, in turn, are about enjoying the 'here and now,' leaving all troublesome memories behind, as also breaking free from the snares of one's plans for the future. All we have is this passing moment..."
Formed in 2009, NERANATURE "appeared as a space where the air is filled with matters lingering in [Nera's] head, a bit more intimate, private and sometimes bizarre and freakish," according to a press release.
"I've been waiting for a long time for the right place and time to find an outlet for my personal thoughts and beliefs," explains Nera. "This is the time and place." The idea appealed to Chris, the guitarist of DARZAMAT, who created the base for the melodies and completed the project with his music.
The name of the band is a combination of two words: Nera, which is the nickname of the vocalist, and Nature, which represents a reflection of a deep connection with the environment. It can also be interpreted as the nature of Nera a diversity of views reflected in the songs. The feminine character of lyrics imbued with the feminist outlook on life constitutes one the most significant elements of the projects, touching upon such issues as man's detachment from nature and running away from himself/herself. The approach presented in the album is not only the singer's artistic pose, as Nera has been an engaged animal-rights activist and a vegetarian for the last 15 years.
The music of NERANATURE can be categorized as a mixture of atmospheric rock/metal, ambient and trip rock.
"Foresting Wounds" contains ten compositions ranging from sensuous ballads to more energetic songs which were produced by Jaroslaw Toifl.
The track listing for the CD is as follows:
02. Precious Now
08. Some Air
09. Woman's Soul