"MONTANA/1983"
80S SYNTHWAVE FOR THE MASSES
- AXEL SAMANO -

 



With 3 albums under her authorship, Axel has proven to be a natural talent, with the ability to create a sound environment capable of transporting the listener to epic worlds. Her album Deus Ex “Machina: The Story teller”, is a good example, where each song is full of fantasy,  making this album an audio book with each track telling the story of her transition in an epic way, from an apparent suicide, due to the fact that she didn’t agree with her assigned gender then she meet and seduce Lucifer just after having a confrontation with God, who sent her into limbo where she finally managed to escape only to have an unexpected ending.

Her new production “Montana, 1983” will transport the listener back to the 80s; this album has a clear modern Synthwave/Synthpop style. 

The lyrics, the recording, the editing and the production are from her own authorship showing her talent as composer and producer, this is something worth mentioning. In her own words, Axel affirms that being transgender is not a limitation to her talent and having a thriving attitude. In a recent interview, she said she is looking to break the predefined social scheme where transgender girls are being perceived as icons of lust or a “different kind of girl”, willing to be a little dirty secret for those who are looking for something “new” of for those looking to fulfill their own fantasies. 

“I am not interested in giving a lot of importance to my lifestyle, but at the same time I think is important to let people know that I am transgender; this way they can judge my professional life, and personal behavior, and eventually they will take the time to realize that transgender girls are humans beings too able to create, to love and to be loved instead of just being seen as sex objects to have fun with.

“Montana 1983” is her first album as a transgender girl. Each track is a personal story; the first track of this album is about a romance story between a well-behaved girl and a man with a questionable past.
“Danger after dark” gives us the first clue of this romance; "He is the kind of man good girls should avoid" ... That’s how the song starts with an amazing synthesizer and a bass line that undeniably will take you to the neon years… And talking about neon..

“Neon lights” is the second part of this story and Axel has been too honest about the inspiration for this particular set. “I kind of met a man who I later lost contact with. I thought he wasn’t interested in me so I didn’t bother to keep in touch. Months later, I discovered he was in prison and for some strange reason I sent him a letter and my number phone too. When he called me, my phone ID tipped me off where the call came from and I wasn’t very sure about answering it, but I did. Before I lost contact with him, we were planning a dinner date to get to know each other better. He however explained what happened and said he had been thinking about me. That was the night I wrote “Neon lights.” Maybe justice got served and the law sees him as a bad boy, yet he treated me like a queen and that’s what truly matters to me.
“Her” is a song that mixes synth wave and Dub step elements with robotic voices and hard drums. In the middle of the song, Axel sings with the latin accent that she affirms she is very proud of.

“Shield Maiden” is maybe one of the most romantic songs in the album. The song is clearly from the 80s, where synthesizers and guitars play an important role, with a soft voice in G Major. Axel assures her loved one that she would be his shield Maiden just like in the Vikings era where the wife would fight next to her husband as a team. There is a part where Axel sings “We’ll defeat the storms and sail to shore, I can be a pirate too”, referring to her ambiguity as a transgender entity; here she proves she is not afraid to show fangs and claws in order to defend her man. She wouldn’t also mind playing a princess’ role or “A Pirate too”

“Icon of lust” is definitely a powerful song. The drums play an important role in giving the song a full different meaning for a Synthpop composition. This song is about how Axel sometimes feels especially when a man approaches her without knowing his clear intentions. “I am like a doe looking for shelter and you are a wolf in a cozy den” she says.

“Rumors” is a funny and aggressive song but mostly honest in its message. Axel once again proves to not be afraid to accept herself as she really is. The song talks about a relationship where her boyfriend apparently wants to keep their relationship a secret. 

We can keep describing the songs, but maybe it’s time for you to listen to this album full of energy that certainly will dive you into Axel's world. Interesting melodies full of power, romance and so many interesting twists. 

Overall, it is a nice and well-crafted album surrounded by that 80s magic: unbelievable bass lines, well programmed drums and synthesizer lines that have made Montana 1983 an interesting album all made by just one single person; Axel.

Deus Ex Machina: The Storyteller is a disc full of emotional tension and, according to Axel, this disc is without a doubt her best creation up to now. The Storyteller is the opposite of a silent movie. It has a story line with music and narration; pictures are left to be developed by the listener. This album is an EPIC MUSICAL NOVEL. Each track tells part of a story and the whole album tells the full story—it’s like reading a book. Each song is a chapter.

This album tells the story of a transgender woman who decides to commit suicide and face God to ask for answers about her destiny, since in the world of the dead things happen where religion, science, quantum physics, spirituality and Greek mythology are fused to give life to this musical novel full of tension and emotion. 
The transgender person commits suicide and faces God, who gives her the knowledge to understand time and space better, but at the same time condemns her to live in Limbo for an indefinite period of time. Disagreeing with her God’s decision, she escapes from Limbo and returns to face her God, but this time with the silly idea of winning the battle against the Almighty.

“Inter Duos Mundos” then describes the battle between God and the Mortal. As it is to be expected, God wins the battle and sends the mortal to live eternally in hell, guarded by Hades. Once in hell, Hades is lovingly seduced by the Mortal, who succeeds in convincing Hades to let her escape to release her vengeance on the three dimensional world. When she is ready to double time and space and open the portal that divides the earthy world from the spiritual world, God appears before her and it is here where the last song of the album tells the end of the story in an epic and unexpected manner. 

The music was written entirely by Axel Samano and it took her three years to learn on her own the musical theory behind the orchestra. This is an original disc and in complete accord with its author, because Axel ‘s soul was involved in the majority of the songs—her own history.

Buy Online:
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Axel Samano is a transgender artist whose main focus is electronic music. Her productions include musical genres such as EDM, EBM, Rock, Industrial, and in her new production “Deux Ex Machina” she has also demonstrated her ability to transport the listener to another world via her epic musical novel: “The Storyteller.”

Axel released her first album back in 2015, The name of this album is “Thunderbolt”, which from the beginning has gotten rave reviews from critics, one of which described the album as ““intensely enigmatic with mysterious subject matter. The viewers and listeners encounter a vision of Axel Samano that is at once sympathetic, humorous and sometimes apocalyptic.”

She, inspired by Jonathan Livingston Seagull, written by Richard Bach, is always flying high and dedicated to soaring to great heights, but she still has greater heights to reach. In her soaring, she has acquired two technician degrees Computer Systems and Social Communication. Soaring even further with a university degree in Psychology and is certified as a Radio announcer/host type "B"".

Born in the ‘80s and disdaining the traditional art schools, Axel is mostly self-taught, and art has always been her passion. She wrote three theater scripts when she was fifteen years old. She has written more than ninety songs and melodies but still she affirms she's “far from the shores she left behind and still far from the shores she has yet to reach”



To describe Axel Samano's work is a very complex task. The double CD Deux Ex Machina presents to the public two parallel visions of Axel: Deus Ex Machina: Antikythera is a CD where the listener will enjoy several musical genres such as EDM, EBM, Synth-pop, Future-pop and Rock. Each musical theme describes the impersonal experiences of Axel Samano.

The first track “In the End” describes the tragic history—inspired by an actual event that happened close to her—of a woman in love with a man who for more than thirty years made her life impossible until he died. On the other hand “A Matter of Time” tells the beautiful story of one of her woman friends who had the joy of knowing a man she was madly in love with and whose love was reciprocated; however, many years later her husband forgot her completely when he was suffering with dementia.

Not everything is love and tenderness in the disc. Some songs strongly criticize social biases. For example, “Wanderland” criticizes a society that justifies fear and personal hatred of a God who, according to them, is all love, but at the same time holds grudges.

“The Hunter” describes the love between a man who decides to dress as a woman and courts another man without knowing what the destiny will bring. And what about “Power and Glory”, one of the tracks that has received more ovations from the critics than any other, due to its energetic rhythm and a controversial theme about the wars between nations. Not only that, but this disc has 18 tracks in English and 9 in Spanish.

Buy Online:
- Buy Deus Ex Machina double album (Antikythera & The Storyteller) CLICK HERE


 Electronic music artist to aid children in warzones

Entire proceeds of ‘Thunderbolt’ to be donated in honor of Syrian refugees and other local non-profit organizations.


September 16th, 2015

Butte, Montana – An electronic recording artist will be donating the entire proceeds of her brand new release after being haunted by images of Aylan Kurdi a toddler who died trying to escape his native Syria.

            Axel Samano’s latest release, Thunderbolt – which she describes as “part electronic, part power-synth, rock, industrial with a little metal and hard rock.”

Axel Samano said the album was inspired by Rumi's poems, Sufism, spiritual teachings from Kabbalah, Buddhism and ancient cultures.

“My goal is to share what I have been learning about life and the main subject is love,” said Samano. “This is an ode of love for humanity itself. I just believe in love and to be kind.”

She also believes that people should use their talents to build a stronger human race.

Samano’s philosophy, which can be found in her music, has also spread to her goals, and Thunderbolt is her way of helping others, she said.

“After seeing the news about my ‘brothers’ and Syria and the death of this poor innocent kid named Aylan Kurdi, I decided to donate every single penny of my album sales to a non-profit organization dedicated to save kids and help all those in need,” said Samano, who considers herself a global citizen.

In addition to helping children in war-torn countries, Samano said that every three months, she will choose a new non-profit organization to which to donate the entire proceeds of the online sales (digital downloads/MP3s) from her website, www.axelsamano.com.

“It took me over than 10 years to reach this point,” said Samano, who found much of her inspiration for her music living in Montana after spending time in large, musically rich areas like Seattle.

“I thought big cities with a wider music scene would help, but I realized that a small friendly town such as Butte was able to provide me what I needed as an artist. Its friendly people and their care for the community gave me the chance to explore the deepest feelings about caring for others,” he said.

In addition to Samano, Thunderbolt also features the talents of Mexican vocal artists Anelyda Polichaeta, American vocal artist Ammy Phoenix; American tenor Travis Stehmeier; American guitarists Billy Yaeger and Thunderbolt was mastered in Berlin, Germany by Ludovic Aeschelman.

Thunderbolt has gotten early rave reviews from critics, one of which who has described the album as “intensely enigmatic with mysterious subject matter. The viewers and listener encounters a vision of Axel Samano that is at once sympathetic, humorous, and sometimes apocalyptic.”

“I know I can’t change the world but I can certainly make a huge difference,” Samano said. “Maybe I am dreaming way beyond reality, but in my head, is possible to do something good.  I want to focus harder on my community. My plans are the kids – they are our future, our generation and I am sure they will be smarter than us and be able to fix the mess we have been creating.”

The album will be available for purchase through www.axelsamano.com
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Intensely enigmatic and mysterious subject matter. The viewer encounters a vision of Axel Samano that is at once sympathetic, humorous, and sometimes apocalyptic.