Haunting and soulful, Attasalina manifests a passionate sound. Her powerful voice and meaningful lyrics have repeatedly been termed a return to substance.
A singer/songwriter and multi instrumentalist, Attasalina has written and recorded with her band The Seraphim Rising, Daniel Ash (Bauhaus, Love & Rockets, Tones on Tail) and Black Needle Noise and is currently working on her first full length solo album, Freed From Rage and Sorrow.
Attasalina is my birth name given by my godmother, a pioneer teacher of Buddhism in the West, and has been translated as “providing the meaning”. My musical abilities can be traced to my grandfather, a Cuban-American progressive jazz drummer and singer.
In 2008, I held a live acoustic performance at the Ojai Coffee Connection to showcase my songwriting and from that formed my first rock ‘n’ roll band. A psychedelic, folk, punk and gothic inspired four-piece modeled on the rock opera concept, we debuted Attasalina & The Seraphim Rising at a former mortuary turned 90 seat theater in April 2009.
We began performing regularly as The Seraphim Rising and were invited by friend and promoter DJ Christopher the Minister to record at his friend’s studio in LA. We recorded at the legendary Swing House Studios in Hollywood, Ca. and released an EP entitled “Life In Suspension” on Halloween 2011 followed by a CD release from a successful Kickstarter campaign.
My first release was a collaboration with long time friend and mentor Daniel Ash (Bauhaus, Tones on Tail, Love & Rockets). The song entitled “The Soldiers of Everyday” released on iTunes followed by a music video. A brand new remaster was released on the 2016 limited edition CD Daniel Ash – Freedom I Love with a full digital release the next year.
For the launch of my solo journey, I performed at the Desert Stars Festival in Joshua Tree, Ca. and released my first single “Heart of the Beast”. My second single entitled “The Legend of Seraphim Rising” released in 2015 and I continue to work on the production of my full length album project via Patreon called Freed From Rage and Sorrow.
I was invited to collaborate with iconic music producer John Fryer (This Mortal Coil, Love & Rockets, NIN, etc.) for his new project Black Needle Noise. The song entitled “Messages By Dreams” released as a single in 2016 and later on the album “Before The Tears Came” which released on vinyl in 2019. We created an artful music video for the song, combining photographic images that are part of the Freed From Rage and Sorrow project.
“This belongs to that holy 0.01% that totally shines!” – Dani Macchi (Belladonna), The Noir Hour – Rock n Roll Radio, Italy
“Messages by Dreams is soulful dreampop; a tangle of barbed wire and muslingauze that unwinds only by tearing into fibres.” – Cold War Night Life
“In 2000 Ash hooked up with a brilliant musician and a ‘Annie Lennox’ style singer, Attasalina, and cut a song titled, ‘Soldiers of Everyday’. The song contains such a compelling rhythm that with Ash’s combined guitar work it makes the song a transcendental journey. This track could’ve easily been a Love and Rockets song. Personally, I think this is the most unique work Daniel Ash has done during his solo music sojourn.” – Jefferson Laufer, Rock Bands of LA
“This is a track that is for the smokey, coffee house crowd…beat poetry with a spacey, electronica soundtrack. To be truly appreciated it requires a bit of intellect, something that is needed these days as it is decidedly lacking in mainstream music.” – Fourculture Magazine
“Chilling and assertive social commentary.” – DJ Mac, Woody Radio
“The real deal.” – Daniel Ash