When Humans Had Wings: The Ascendancy of “Pleroma”

When Humans Had Wings: The Ascendancy of “Pleroma”

Journeying through the ethereal soundscape of music, every once in a while, we come across an artist whose artistry transcends the confines of genre and challenges the listener to embark on a sonic exploration. Alicen Grey, under her musical moniker “When Humans Had Wings,” is precisely such an artist.

“When Humans Had Wings” isn’t just another musical endeavor; it’s a poignant reflection of Alicen’s ongoing self-liberation journey. Her music, an evocative amalgamation of emotive intensity and whimsy, harks back to a time of unbridled freedom, a time she endearingly refers to as “now.”

The latest masterpiece to emerge from this ethereal songstress’s cocoon is “Pleroma,” the third track from her upcoming album “UGLY,” slated for release on November 3rd. However, “UGLY” isn’t merely a collection of songs; it’s a sonic narrative inspired by the mysterious deep-sea anglerfish, Alicen’s spirit animal. The album embarks on a transcendental voyage into the abyss of the psyche, mirroring the boundless depths of the ocean. This nautical narrative gradually delves into the darker and deeper recesses of the soul, confronting the “ugly” truths that lie within, only to find solace in its profound depth.

For the uninitiated, Alicen describes her unique sound as the love child of Nine Inch Nails and Flyleaf, with the legendary Genesis P-Orridge playing the role of godfather. It’s a refreshing fusion of alt-rock, electronica, and classical elements that defy categorization.

“Pleroma” is more than just a song; it’s an experience. It beckons listeners into the paranormal realm, seducing and confronting them simultaneously. The accompanying music video, a DIY labor of love, is a testament to Alicen’s ingenuity and passion. Drawing inspiration from the iconoclastic style of occultist Genesis P-Orridge, the video brilliantly juxtaposes footage of Alicen, adorned in a thrifted anglerfish ensemble, with vintage clips showcasing human feats of levitation and telekinesis. These visuals are punctuated with subliminal questions that challenge viewers to remember and reclaim their inherent power.

In an era of overproduced music and flashy videos, “Pleroma” stands out as a beacon of authenticity. It’s a testament to the power of raw emotion, creativity, and the ability of an artist to captivate an audience with minimal resources.

As we eagerly await the release of “UGLY,” “Pleroma” serves as a tantalizing glimpse into the genius of “When Humans Had Wings.” Alicen Grey’s music isn’t just meant to be heard; it’s meant to be felt, experienced, and internalized. And in “Pleroma,” she invites us all to remember a time “when we flew without fear.”