"The Alpha States" is an electronic project , born among some of the "Violent Bop Generator" members. This new project aims perform good electronic music, from Trance to pure research. Its members declare to hate limitations and strongly want to gain a very important musical role in our society.
-Solitude Standing: Mara De Mutiis (vocals) - Marco Maffei (sound design, programming) - ^
-Violentiaak: Marco Maffei (sound design, programming) - *
-Solitude Standing (trip remix): Mara De Mutiis (vocals) - Gianrico Colonna (guitars) - Marco Maffei (sound design, programming) - ^
The songs were originally mixed by Marco Maffei in 1992* and 1997^. Remastered in 2013 at Mastering.it studios (Italy).
All songs (C) RadioSpia records
"The vegetative state their name could figure has nothing to do with the creative contents of this single.
With Suzanne Vega in their hearts and electronics in their feelings, The Alpha States involve us in the solitude needed to re-interpret this cover which keeps the right Pop-Folk taste in its atmospheres and then joins to Minimalist Electronics of the '90s.
If Solitude Standing is able to emotionally involve whether nostalgic or not, Violeentiak (the 2nd track) is a real strike to your brain that shakes you up and leads you to madness. They're sitting all together in the Dark in the Warm".
(Mario De Vivo, music critic)
"In this universe, "Solitude Standing" is the title-song of the album which turned Suzanne Vega into a worldwide pop-star, more than twenty-five years ago. In another parallel and possible universe, The Alpha States released their "Solitude Standing" BEFORE Suzanne Vega.
Before Suzanne’s whispered vocals, Mara De Mutiis’s deepest tunes already existed. Furthermore, before flowing into the calm version which named the Vega 1987 album, The Alpha States had already branded its obsessive rhythmic vibrations and merged the lyrics anxieties: "I've come to set a twisted thing straight".
Yes, this is my feeling, listening to the EP "The Alpha States - Solitude Standing" released by RadioSpia Records, an independent Label descending from a Radio-format, which hosted cultural interviews and live performances in Puglia, Italy, in 1998 and 2010. The Puglia based Mara De Mutiis (vocals on “Solutude Standing” tracks), Gianrico Colonna (Violentiaak co-author and guitarist on “Trip Remix”) and Marco Maffei (soundman and art manager on the whole project) for this release turned from Violent Bop Generator into The Alpha States. The revealing sign is the second track, "Violeentiak": from this "strike to your brain", as one music critic already defined it, we can realize the aim put on the project, mostly by the engineer and sound designer Marco Maffei. "Violeentiak" is a sabbath, it has an intro recalling Massive Attack and a Portishead-like evolving: a crescendo without acme, planned to stun and lead into a trance state.
The trance itself seems to be an inspiration, as I suspected while reading the project name. Yes, that’s so, because the tracks push you to a new level, beyond the "vegetative state": with alpha waves of the brain you can create the most sublime things, you can enter an extrasensory world in which you feel no pain and regenerate your body and mind.
The theme is body and music. "In our technological and metropolitan culture the years of techno and digital music have awakened an ancient vital resource: the ability to transcend our bodies and access, through music and dance, to the dimension of the unknown, of the elsewhere and finally to the trance", wrote Gianfranco Salvatore, ethnomusicologist, professor at University of Lecce (Techno-trance. Una rivoluzione musicale di fine millennio, Castelvecchi, 1998). The Alpha States do not sound integrated into the back catalog with which, in 2012, Suzanne Vega celebrated the "Solitude Standing" jubilee (with some concerts in Italy, too). Instead, they look more like a pretext reflecting to that, with their whole heap of vibrations and frequencies.
If it’s so, I suggest that you listen to the EP in this order: start from "Violeentiak" (track 2), then "Solitude Standing (Trip Remix)" (track 3), after that "Solitude Standing" (track 1) and, after altering your responsive state, conclude away from this EP, listening to the original S.Vega 1987 song. Maybe this last track will sound like a The Alpha States cover song."
(Giovanni Dello Iacovo, journalist)