James Cox in South Carolina met Ana at her place in the Swedish forest via Zoom for a lengthy conversation on music and other aspects of life and creation, for When Words Fail Music Speaks.
The audio version is online here , and the video interview will follow soon.
Here’s what When Words Fail Music Speaks have to say of this meeting:
Ana Patan is the most down to earth, sweetest person we’ve ever met doing this podcast! It’s no wonder we fell in love with her and her music!
Ana’s new record “Spice, Gold and Tales Untold” takes me back to great times in my life to where I had the most fun! 🤘🏻
Her music also helps with my depression. With just listening to one song or the whole album, instantly makes me feel 10,000 times better
In this great interview we discussed:
🎤Her life in Romania and a contest she entered
🎸Her all female band “Triple Sweet”
🎸Guitars she has
🎤Her injury of her wrist
🎤Her latest album “Spice, Gold and Tales Untold”
Guitare Xtreme Magazine – le magazine des guitaristes features Ana in their May 2021 issue (no. 101) with a set of questions on her prefered playing equipment and setup, music influences, past career and of course her newly released album “Spice, Gold and Tales Untold”.
It is thrilling that Patan’s introduction to the French audiences is made through such a distinguished publication!
Vocalist and guitarist @ana_patan has an excellent new album out titled ‘Spice, Gold and Tales Untold.’ It’s a live analog recording that captures deep groove interplay from a very serious band. It features stellar bass work from Jonas Hellborg, Devin Townsend & Jonathan Herrera. pic.twitter.com/MD7YDd9uLG
— Innerviews (@Innerviews) May 23, 2021
.@ana_patan's songs feature intelligent lyrics focused on the unfolding human condition, micro and macro. Her vocals are deep, soulful and kinetically intertwine with the songs’ very creative arrangements. It’s superb stuff. Listen, learn and buy here: https://t.co/KUV3gwwtBh pic.twitter.com/oR6EJDI9gR
— Innerviews (@Innerviews) May 23, 2021
Netherlands magazine De Bassist just published a great account of Ana Patan’s new album, gracing all the work that went into, and all the amazing bass players on “Spice Gold and Tales Untold”!
“The result is a delicious organic record with beautiful thoughtful lyrics, with fine guitar solos and parts, and we hear hints of pop, rock, jazz, westcoast pop and here and there a bit of Joni, Shakira and Alanis.” (click here for the original article in Dutch by Chris P. Dekker)
“Spice, Gold and Tales Untold” has gotten a warm welcome in Poland today, after prestigious musicians magazine “Top Guitar” has featured the fascinating story of Ana’s way towards music and the making of this album.
Signed by Maciek Warda, the article is featured both in Polish and in English, and it allows a look into the Bardo Music recording studio where, backed up by a terrific rhythm section like Jonas Hellborg, Jonathan Herrera, Zoltan Csörsz and even Devin Townsend, Patan brought to life “her own interpretation of the world, in daring sounds and persuasive lyrics”
“Ana is one of those ‘heart on their sleeve’ artists, her lyrics are personal, yet relatable, her sound is a little jazzy, a little funky. It contains elements of rock, even prog to some degree. Most of all it contains soul. You can just feel her smile, laughter and sometimes heartache filter through as Ana reveals her deepest emotions and memories to the listener.”
It was with a well documented and warm insight that Pete Devine reviewed Ana’s record “Spice, Gold and Tales Untold” for Rock News and Views, a publication that has been supporting Ana’s music for
“So if you want music that will lift you up, make you feel stress-free and invigorated, have moments of pure joy, excitement and love, music that will also make you think and question the norm, then “Spice, Gold and Tales Untold” is the album for you. It took 10 years to make, so on that basis it looks like 2031 is going to be a great year for music too.” (read the whole article here)
Martin Hutchinson was obviously so impressed with “Spice, Gold and Tales Untold” that he put it on the radar… Progradar!
He describes the album as a “collection of culturally diverse songs that transcends the current trend to try and pigeon hole musicians. Wearing her many influences proudly on her sleeve Ana Patan has just allowed the music and her excellent vocals to tell her many intriguing and involving stories and this has allowed them to breathe and come to life quite spectacularly. An album that has surprised me in its simple brilliance and one that, if you let it, will enrich your life in a myriad of ways.”
“The album is a superb mix of musical styles with basic, soulful music embellished by hints of the orient and a touch of Eastern European promise on many of the impressive songs. The bare yet intricate music is complemented superbly by Ana’s earnest vocals, sometimes fragile and at other times loud and proud. To my ears there is a touch of early…” (read the whole article here)
Craig Ellis Bacon smashed yet again his own record of erudite apprehension of music in this formidable review of “Spice, Gold and Tales Untold” for Radio Eclectic!
“Dedication to a deceptive simplicity imbued with richness of subtleties; revelry in wit, warmth, and joy; the centering of Patan’s beautiful voice—for these reasons and more that you will discover, Spice, Gold And Tales Untold is a winner. Listen early and often.”
“A decade in the making but offering surely more than ten years of enjoyment for your ears, Ana Patan’s Spice, Gold and Tales Untold is an album that delights in air, light, and above all the song. […] Music, lyric, and performance converge perfectly. Do yourself a solid and have a look at the lyric sheet while listening through headphones.” (read the whole review here)
Harrie de Haas has taken “Spice, Gold and Tales Untold” to heart and has put down a touching account of his impressions for The Netherlands Ons Nieuws Music.
“Ana plays the guitar and is doing all the vocals. On drums we hear Zoltan Csörsz and on bass three of world’s best; Jonas Hellberg, Jonathan Herrera and last but not least Devin Townsend.
I’ve been listening to the album several times now and yes, I love it. I has parts of pop, jazz and rock and with the great lyrics it’s more than just music. It’s the story of a wonderful woman, Ana Patan.” (read the article here)
“This is a nice record, folks. Tracked to 2″ w/ the creamiest most sexiest vintage German hardware known to man. Check it out!” says Jonathan Herrera, one of the bass players on “Spice, Gold and Tales Untold”, who constitute the focus of this BASS MAGAZINE coverage on a record rich in bass talent!
“The record was ten years in the making, as Patan wrote over 100 songs in that span before narrowing the track list down to 10. In keeping with the authentic analog sound she was envisioning, she tracked everything onto tape reels and edited the mixes down using razor blades, a la production pre-1980’s era.
To handle the low end on the release, Patan enlisted longtime collaborators Jonas Hellborg (John McLaughlin, Bill Laswell, Ginger Baker), guitarist/producer Devin Townsend, and Jonathan Herrera (Cathedrals, Miguel Migs).” (Jon d’Auria for Bass Magazine, read the whole article here)