For her debut album, Innessa has drawn on youthful experiences from Eastern Europe and more recent adventures in the west. Encompassing many musical talents, from her first Rock Band to a Capella Choir. This album is a blending of Pop, Soft Alternative Rock, Russian Folk and unique romantic melodies into a diverse collection of 11 songs.
"Listening to the Album I felt empathetic synchrony with the whole gamut of feelings: from the jubilation of joyous unbounded love to melancholy, loneliness and frustrated bewilderment cradled in some of Innessa's songs. Any listener will be delighted and rewarded by Innessa's Intuitive inventiveness that streams through her melodies and lyrics!" (Ivan Renatovich)
Album Review by The Point Sunshine Coast
"The Sunshine Coast really is starting to attract an interesting collection of international musicians that choose to call this great area of ours home. Brits, Canadians, Americans, plenty of Kiwis, and now add Russian to the list.
My first encounter of Innessa's performance was at a Circle of Sounds Open Mic night, where she managed to pull off a rare feat; she played her two allotted songs, and not a soul was talking during her performance. That's impressive. Though there is a certain je ne sai quoi about her live performances, her album, despite apprehensions, is a very good representation of her work. Innessa's vocal qualities and song-writing would put her in the same category as the quirky female-songwriter with a distinct voice - think the likes of Bjork, Sia, Kate Miller-Heidke, Tori Amos, Kimbra etc.
The first two tracks, polar opposites; one being light and poppy, the other venturing into her more seductive darker side, make for an interesting introduction, but personally, Innessa really shines when she ventures into the more off-kilter stylings which also incorporate some gypsy-esque instrumentation. Take the track Dumb and Blind' for example, the strangest of tangos with a catchy hook of a chorus. It actually is reminiscent of 90s quirky songstresses Tori Amos, and Max Sharam (remember the song 'Coma'?).