A Whole New World, a 13 track album by Alaeddin, is scheduled for release on April 19, 2019.
This album has been a life changing labor of love for both Emo and myself. I know that I will never be the same because of it, and that’s a very good thing.
Most of the songs on AWNW work beautifully as stand alone singles.
But the album also works on another level entirely. When listened in order from start to finish, it’s a concept, a rock opera, of sorts.
The album follows a man who has entered a love relationship that he knew was doomed from the beginning.
His sense of loss and depression is constantly interrupted by voices telling him things he can’t comprehend (this is symbolized by the character’s vocals being in English while the mysterious voices are in Arabic).
As the album progresses, the voices reveal themselves to be angels, which causes the character to question his sanity, and then his entire reality.
The bulk of the songs on the album are songs of lost love, which are harmonized uniquely with these angelic voices.
The character evolves through the album from being despondent, and in great pain, to eventually rise into pure joy and rebirth.
If you want to dig another layer down, many of the songs are polytonal in nature. The angels may sing in their own neighboring key which is a separate key than that of the main melody, sung by the protagonist in the story.
Thus, the songs have two separate but harmonious musical worlds. This creates some rare and rich six-part harmony, not commonly heard in popular music.
Emo’s unparalleled vocal instrument is showcased very beautifully on this album. His musicianship, production, engineering, and playing skills are all at their very peak as well.
It’s called “A Whole New World,” by a band called Alaeddin. Sounds gimmicky. It’s not. It’s honest.
Alaeddin is Emo’s name. The band is named after him.
The song title refers to the character of the album being introduced to a Whole New World that exists separate and distinct to his predicament.
In the angels’ world, the problem has already been solved. But it’s up to him to decide which world he will treasure: that of his lost love and despair, or their world that exists beyond all problems, which, the angels constantly reassure him exists deep within himself.
This album is precious. Thank you so very much for helping us get it to the people who need to hear it. It’s very beautiful.