Ajnabi is the dark ambient/post-rock solo-project of multi-instrumentalist Blake Luley, who also plays in dynamic Brooklyn indie rock quintet Howth.
“Ajnabi’s self-titled album is a collection of pieces written on or based on very specific dates in my life. The pieces are very evocative in reflection, not of specific, concrete memories, but rather of unprocessed feelings and senses that I experienced in my childhood. The feeling of standing on a driveway in Dallas, TX getting ready to move when I was 4 on August 22nd, 1991. How the air felt while riding a tire swing coming down from a weekend of downers and uppers, feeling completely severed from who I was as a child on my 15th birthday— June 2nd 2002. The irrational fear of slipping on ice and dying to ignore the rational fear of losing someone you love on February 1st, 2011. The songs are representations of very personal feelings to which I hope the listener can attach their own meaning and association with.
All the pieces were home recorded with just the built-in mic on my computer, an acoustic guitar, a cheap Casio keyboard, and the occasional drum and piano part but through extreme manipulation I intended to create larger than life soundscapes for these lingering moments.”