New Album “Silhouette”

Update posted by Alexandra Zerner On Feb 14, 2021

Dear friends and supporters,

Today I want to present you another dream of mine that seemed impossible a few years ago - to do a track with one of my guitar heroes - the spectacular Jeff Loomis :)

Now's the time to elaborate a bit regarding the concept of Silhouette and what those inner demons are exactly. The album is all about my personal journey of dealing with depression, anxiety, PTSD and other fancy conditions and the album is to a certain degree a therapeutic work because it helps me to analyse those issues and to find an effective way to counteract.

In the album, I tried to describe how these problems appear, how they build up as the years go by, and how they gradually take over your entire perception of the world around you until they leave you crippled, numb, weak, and unable to sense anything, relying mostly on your memories about how certain things should feel like.

This track, in particular, is my depiction of an anxiety attack, hence the name - you feel it coming and you know that it's going to be yet another terrible episode. I wanted to capture the feeling of the early sensations of the attack about to develop, how it gets more and more intense and at a certain point, it becomes so overwhelmingly terrifying that it leaves you in despair and barely able to breathe.

Fortunately, even though such an attack feels like it's never going to end, eventually it cools down leaving the bitter aftertaste of the experience which is why I composed the end in this specific manner.

As the time progresses, one learns how to deal with such episodes and the ability to detect them coming is essential because this is the moment when one should engage with mindfulness exercises in order to stop it. Nowadays, I rarely have a full-blown attack precisely because I've learnt how to manage it but it's something that requires constant self-care and observation and it takes a lot of mental effort and energy, quite often leading to exhaustion.

I decided to invite Jeff Loomis to take part in this composition because he's known for his aggressive metal sounding and I knew that he would be able to represent the intensity of the condition in an excellent way.

The video is still unlisted and I will make it public on Friday so now I wanted to make some sort of pre-premiere for you as a sign of my gratitude for your enormous support.

Enjoy and share your thoughts in the comments below :)

Alexandra Zerner feat. Jeff Loomis | Here It Comes Again (Playthrough)

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Thank you so much, Todd! It was surprising to see him playing this guitar but it definitely looks very cool! I am very happy with the Ibanez - after years of having no guitar from this brand, I truly appreciate the ergonomics and the comfort of it :)

Alexandra Zerner

Update posted by Feb 17

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Just brilliant playing! I am so excited and looking forward to this album! Love that Jeff is using what looks like a model I or II Charvel - I have the same guitar and color with the one EMG 81 and volume no tone. Very cool to see - Also as always love seeing you on the 8 string Ibanez!

Todd Studebaker

Update posted by Feb 16

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Update posted by Alexandra Zerner On Feb 14, 2021

Dear friends and supporters,

Today I want to present you another dream of mine that seemed impossible a few years ago - to do a track with one of my guitar heroes - the spectacular Jeff Loomis :)

Now's the time to elaborate a bit regarding the concept of Silhouette and what those inner demons are exactly. The album is all about my personal journey of dealing with depression, anxiety, PTSD and other fancy conditions and the album is to a certain degree a therapeutic work because it helps me to analyse those issues and to find an effective way to counteract.

In the album, I tried to describe how these problems appear, how they build up as the years go by, and how they gradually take over your entire perception of the world around you until they leave you crippled, numb, weak, and unable to sense anything, relying mostly on your memories about how certain things should feel like.

This track, in particular, is my depiction of an anxiety attack, hence the name - you feel it coming and you know that it's going to be yet another terrible episode. I wanted to capture the feeling of the early sensations of the attack about to develop, how it gets more and more intense and at a certain point, it becomes so overwhelmingly terrifying that it leaves you in despair and barely able to breathe.

Fortunately, even though such an attack feels like it's never going to end, eventually it cools down leaving the bitter aftertaste of the experience which is why I composed the end in this specific manner.

As the time progresses, one learns how to deal with such episodes and the ability to detect them coming is essential because this is the moment when one should engage with mindfulness exercises in order to stop it. Nowadays, I rarely have a full-blown attack precisely because I've learnt how to manage it but it's something that requires constant self-care and observation and it takes a lot of mental effort and energy, quite often leading to exhaustion.

I decided to invite Jeff Loomis to take part in this composition because he's known for his aggressive metal sounding and I knew that he would be able to represent the intensity of the condition in an excellent way.

The video is still unlisted and I will make it public on Friday so now I wanted to make some sort of pre-premiere for you as a sign of my gratitude for your enormous support.

Enjoy and share your thoughts in the comments below :)

Alexandra Zerner feat. Jeff Loomis | Here It Comes Again (Playthrough)

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Update posted by Alexandra Zerner On Feb 14, 2021

Dear friends and supporters,

Today I want to present you another dream of mine that seemed impossible a few years ago - to do a track with one of my guitar heroes - the spectacular Jeff Loomis :)

Now's the time to elaborate a bit regarding the concept of Silhouette and what those inner demons are exactly. The album is all about my personal journey of dealing with depression, anxiety, PTSD and other fancy conditions and the album is to a certain degree a therapeutic work because it helps me to analyse those issues and to find an effective way to counteract.

In the album, I tried to describe how these problems appear, how they build up as the years go by, and how they gradually take over your entire perception of the world around you until they leave you crippled, numb, weak, and unable to sense anything, relying mostly on your memories about how certain things should feel like.

This track, in particular, is my depiction of an anxiety attack, hence the name - you feel it coming and you know that it's going to be yet another terrible episode. I wanted to capture the feeling of the early sensations of the attack about to develop, how it gets more and more intense and at a certain point, it becomes so overwhelmingly terrifying that it leaves you in despair and barely able to breathe.

Fortunately, even though such an attack feels like it's never going to end, eventually it cools down leaving the bitter aftertaste of the experience which is why I composed the end in this specific manner.

As the time progresses, one learns how to deal with such episodes and the ability to detect them coming is essential because this is the moment when one should engage with mindfulness exercises in order to stop it. Nowadays, I rarely have a full-blown attack precisely because I've learnt how to manage it but it's something that requires constant self-care and observation and it takes a lot of mental effort and energy, quite often leading to exhaustion.

I decided to invite Jeff Loomis to take part in this composition because he's known for his aggressive metal sounding and I knew that he would be able to represent the intensity of the condition in an excellent way.

The video is still unlisted and I will make it public on Friday so now I wanted to make some sort of pre-premiere for you as a sign of my gratitude for your enormous support.

Enjoy and share your thoughts in the comments below :)

Alexandra Zerner feat. Jeff Loomis | Here It Comes Again (Playthrough)

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Thank you, Ian!!!

Alexandra Zerner

Update posted by Feb 14

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Absolutely wonderful. I can’t wait to hear the full album 😊

Ian Hall

Update posted by Feb 14

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Update posted by Alexandra Zerner On Feb 10, 2021

Dear friends and supporters,

First of all, I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU!!! for your enormous support! I didn't even imagine that such kind of an explosive start of the campaign might happen - you're awesome!!!

Those of you, who follow me before this album, are aware that the previous t-shirts were mostly grey which I chose as a neutral colour that would fit many styles of dressing but it will be also suitable for different print designs. For Silhouette, I was wondering if I should make black t-shirts instead so I wanted to show you two designs regarding the front (the back will be just my name and my logo, like the previous t-shirts) so you can choose which one appeals to you more. So, please, let me know in the comments below if you prefer the grey or the black one :)

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Thank you all for sharing your preferences! It seems like the grey design wins so far but I would like to wait to collect as many opinions as possible.

Alexandra Zerner

Update posted by Feb 10

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I like the grey one!

Michael Flanary

Update posted by Feb 10

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Hi Alexandra, personally I prefer the Grey T Shirt. The bird stands out more on the Grey. The bird’s legs seen to just disappear on the Black T Shirt. Prog on.

Nigel Limming

Update posted by Feb 10

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Grey is prettier and I already have a lot of black t-shirt so grey will change.

Marie Weber

Update posted by Feb 10

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Hi Alex. I definitely prefer the grey background.

Brian Simmonds

Update posted by Feb 10

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I vote for the gray also. The Pheonix details are much clearer on the gray. The black is striking and depressing at the same time. So gray it is for me

Ronald Tiracchia

Update posted by Feb 10

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I prefer black

Jan Inge Sageie

Update posted by Feb 10

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(Hm, I do not see my previous comment, so resending again.) Hi Alexandra, I think the grey one makes the bird to look more like a silhouette - it makes it an undefined entity, you canot see if it is behind or before the background, there are no distances, just an undefined levitation. I think it is closer to what Silhouettes is than the black one, so one vote for the grey.

Tibor Sipos

Update posted by Feb 10

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Thank you very much for your comments! I also think that the phoenix looks better on the grey background and it matches more or less the artwork so probably I will go for this variant. Let’s see what others will say.

Alexandra Zerner

Update posted by Feb 10

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Hi Alexandra! I love black t-shirts, but for this design I must go with the Grey one. The details of the bird are so much cleaner and more vivid on the grey background!!! Also, the black lettering on the grey looks like a Silhouette!!! Beautiful design BTW! :)

Steven Sailer

Update posted by Feb 10

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Keep up the good work Alexendra by making beautiful music, and I will keep bying it and enjoying it.

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It sounds so amazing... Can't wait to hear the entire album! All the best to you!!!

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