"BELETIC'S DEBUT ALBUM, LEGENDS OF THESE LANDS LEFT TO LIVE, TAKES ITS EMOTIONALLY RAW ENERGY FROM THE WELLS OF TRANSFORMATION AND MYSTERY. AT TIMES, THE RECORD RECALLS PATTI SMITH’S RAGGED AND DESPERATE PUNK, THE FLAT DUO JETS' ANIMALISTIC ROCKABILLY PLAYED SUPER SLOW, OR CAT POWER’S CIGARETTE-CHEWING SOUL — YET, EVEN WITH SUCH HIGH-PROFILE REFERENCE POINTS, BELETIC HOLDS HER OWN... ALI BELETIC'S DEBUT IS ONE OF THE MOST REFRESHING ROCK ALBUMS I'VE HEARD IN A WHILE."
- LARS GOTRICH, NPR
"AN ANTHEM FOR THE REBEL IN ALL OF US" - THE REVUE, CA
Legends of These Lands Left to Live is her long anticipated debut record, written and recorded during her time spent in the raw American landscape of the Sonoran Desert, after having left the art/punk scene and saturation of Brooklyn to explore concepts of transformation, personal rebellion, and that which exists out on the boundaries of our humanity. Filled with mysterious and emotional songs, Legends is the anthem of that journey, tracing rock n roll's ancient history off road through personal incantations of vanguardism, and telling her vogue rebel stories from the artist streets of New York and the vast Southwest.
Ali’s music and spirit has been compared to Patti Smith, Alison Mosshart, Cat Power, Bob Dylan, the Flat duo Jets, P.J. Harvey, James Dean, Dan Auerbach, and Ennio Morricone, by NPR, Vice, Impose, Stereogum, LA Record, the Revue and others.
Legends was recorded and produced alongside Lightning co-founder Seth Olinsky (Cy Dune, Akron/Family, Angels of Light) in the art/music studio they set up in the Sonoran Desert. They finished the record in several different studios in Los Angeles and New York with drummers Danny Frankel (Lou Reed, Fiona Apple) and Mike Horick