Born in Kharkov, Ukraine, the daughter of political refugees and raised in the suburbs of Boston, Alina moved to Austin after art school and started off singing on Sixth Street. Her debut album, Placelessness (2007) earned both national airplay and critical acclaim. Her last album Everyone is Crying Out To Me, Beware was sung in Russian and covered the music of Siberian punk-folk singer Yanka Dyagileva.
Produced by Steve Revitte (Liars, Beastie Boys, Black Dice), Make Your Own Danger is Simone's lushest and most fully realized work to date, with exotic touches that include flute, autoharp, horns, Brazilian drumming and vocal loops. Simone's first collection of personal essays, You Must Go and Win, will also be published by Faber and Faber / FSG in June 2011 simultaneously with the new album.
'Mesmerizing' - SPIN
'Utterly haunting' - NPR
'Potent and ethereal' - The New Yorker